CALL TO WORSHIP based on Psalm 31
Praise the Lord! You show us the wonders of your unfailing love!
For the sake of your Name, you lead us and guide us.
In you, O Lord, we put our trust.
You are our God, and our lives are in your hands.
And so, we will be strong and take courage.
In the shelter of your presence, we worship you.
PRAYER OF ADORATION
Almighty God, renew our desire to worship you with all our heart, soul and strength.
Keep us in a posture of praise and adoration, for you alone are worthy!
In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
In God’s great mercy, we are promised complete forgiveness when we humbly repent.
In humility and faith, let’s confess together:
Merciful God, when it comes to trials and temptations, you know our struggles.
We choose the easy way. We give in to selfish desires. We blame others.
We shrink from doing your will. O Lord, forgive us and give us strength,
through the power of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
- Spend a few moments in silent confession –
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
When we confess our sins God clears the slate,
reminds us of our belonging, and gives us a fresh start.
Yell and cheer! Celebrate! Our sins are forgiven!
Thanks be to God. Amen.
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH, The Heidelberg Catechism, Q.127
What is the sixth petition?
“And do not bring us to the time of trial but rescue us from the evil one.”
Meaning: By ourselves, we are too weak to hold our own even for a moment.
And our sworn enemies – the devil, the world, and our own flesh – never stop attacking us.
And so, Lord, uphold us and make us strong with the strength of your Holy Spirit,
So that we may not go down to defeat in this spiritual struggle,
But may firmly resist our enemies until we finally win the complete victory.
PASSING THE PEACE
“The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11
With God’s help, will you offer strength and the blessing of peace to others?
The peace of Christ be with you!
ANTHEM “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” arr. Roland Martin (click)