Feb 27, 2014

Call to Worship, Opening Prayer: Genesis 12: 1-4

Here’s a call to worship and opening prayer inspired by Genesis 12: 1-4.  It was written by Rev. Daniel B. Randall, and posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Genesis 12: 1-4)

We are met in the presence of God
And we do not meet alone.

With the angels in the highest heaven
We gather to worship the Lord.

With Abraham and Sarah
We gather to worship the Lord.

With the saints of every age
We gather to worship the Lord.

We embark on our own journey of faith
God’s Holy name be praised.

God makes of us a great people
God’s Holy name be praised.

In the desert and in the den, in barrio and basilica
God’s Holy name be praised.

We journey in the presence of God.
And we do not journey alone.

Opening Prayer
(inspired by Genesis 12: 1-4)

Generous God,
you gave us our voices, no two the same.
As you did with Abraham and Sarah,
you take and touch our lives and they can become extraordinary. 
And in your Church you have gathered us,
in your community of common folk and complainers,
prophets and puzzled people,
you have called us and made a place for us.
So let what we say and do here,
what we ponder and decide here,
be real for us and honest to you,
as you prepare us for the life of the world in which you are praised. Amen.

~ from Journey of Steadfast Love: Service Prayers for the Second Sunday of Lent, written by the Rev. Daniel B. Randall.  Posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website. http://www.ucc.org/worship/worship-ways/