Call to Worship & Prayer: Proper 24 C

Here’s a call to worship and prayer inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 24, Year C.  They were written by Thom Shuman.

Call to Worship

We have gathered in God's holy presence, 
the One who etches grace on our hearts.
This is the place where God will transform us into disciples.
We glorify our God, who yearns for justice, 
not just for a favored few, but for the least of our world.
This is the place where God will write compassion on our souls.
We give thanks to God for unceasing grace; 
we remember God's persistence in saving us.
This is the place where God will breathe the Word into our lives.

Prayer of the Day

Holy God:
with the precious jewel
of holy scripture,
you share with us
the treasure of your heart.
Engrave your covenant -
your hopes, your dreams,
your vision, your peace -
upon our hearts,
that they might beat
as one with yours.

Holy Word:
ever clear,
you keep us from wandering
down the wrong paths;
ever longed for,
you make us persistent
in bringing justice
to the lost and to the least;
ever practical,
you show us how
not to misplace our hearts.

Holy Wisdom:
as you breathe the Word
into our hearts,
tutor us in faithfulness
so we are trained
in using the tools
of justice and hope;
so we are equipped
to share the good news with all;
so we become skilled
in compassion and grace.

God in Community, Holy in One,
we lift our hearts to you
as we pray as Jesus teaches us, saying,
Our Father . . .

~ written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies.