CALL TO WORSHIP - A prayer of Martin Luther
Behold, Lord, an empty vessel that needs to be filled.
My Lord, fill it. I am weak in faith; strengthen me.
I am cold in love; warm me and make me fervent;
That my love may go out to my neighbor.
I do not have a strong and firm faith;
At times I doubt and am unable to trust thee altogether.
O Lord, help me. Strengthen my faith and trust in thee.
In thee I have sealed the treasures of all I have.
I am poor; Thou art rich and didst come to be merciful to the poor.
I am a sinner; Thou art upright.
With me there is an abundance of sin;
In thee is the fullness of righteousness.
PRAYER OF ADORATION
Gracious God, thank you for revealing yourself through your beautiful creation.
We bow before your majesty with deep adoration,
and we worship you with hearts full of praise.
In the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
Protestant Reformer John Calvin said this:
“Scripture is like a pair of spectacles which dispels the darkness and gives us a clear view of God.”
In humility and faith, let us confess together:
Forgive us for groping our way through life, blind and confused,
instead of putting on the “spectacles” of your Holy Word. Forgive us, dear Lord,
so that we may see you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly, day by day.
We pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
- Spend a few moments in silent confession –
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us,
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Friends, believe the Good News. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven! Thanks be to God. Amen.
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH, from A Brief Statement of Faith
In a broken and fearful world, the Spirit gives us courage
to pray without ceasing,
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice, freedom and peace.
In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives,
even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying,
“Come, Lord Jesus!”
SPECIAL MUSIC “Give Me Jesus” spiritual (click)
Martha Brown, soprano
- Choral Director - Tuscola High School