May 21, 2013

Call to Worship, Prayer: Psalm 146


Here’s a responsive call to worship and opening prayer inspired by Psalm 146. It comes from the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Psalm 146)

Happy are those whose hope is in God,
maker of heaven and earth--
for God keeps faith forever!

God executes justice for the oppressed
and gives food for the hungry.
God sets the prisoners free
and opens the eyes of the blind.

God lifts up those who are bowed down.
God watches over the strangers
and upholds the orphan and the widow.

People of God, sing praise to the One who is your help—
for God keeps faith forever!

Opening Prayer

Faithful God, you draw near to us
in our joy and in our grief,
in our hope and in our despair. 
When we are bowed down, you raise us anew. 
We turn to you now in search of your healing touch. 
God of compassion and love,
move among us this hour. 
Open our eyes, dispel our fears,
and show us the real life you have to offer. 
We pray this in the name of the Risen One,
Jesus the Christ.  Amen.

~ posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website. http://www.ucc.org/worship/worship-ways/