Advent Call to Worship: Come Once More

Here’s a responsive call to worship based on Isaiah 35: 1-10 and Psalm 146.  It was written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on Kir-shalom.

Call to Worship
(based on Isaiah 35, Psalm 146)

Come once more, with eager longing,
to receive the promises of God.

Out of the desert places of our lives
we gather with joy and gladness.

Happy are those who help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.

Our God has promised that lonely places and deserts will be glad
and blossom as the rose.

The Lord has promised that the blind will be able to see,
the deaf will hear,
the lame will leap and dance,
and those who cannot speak will shout for joy.

Our God,
who made heaven and earth and all that is in them,
keeps faith forever.
He sets the prisoners free
and brings healing to all who seek him.

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

Our God executes justice for the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.

Come once more, with eager longing,
and bless the holy name of our God.

~ written by Richard J. Fairchild, on his Kir-shalom website.