CALL TO WORSHIP from Psalm 46
The presence of God is our strength;
Our refuge in times of trouble.
When God is with us, there is joy in our hearts;
Therefore, we rejoice and give thanks!
PRAYER OF ADORATION from the hymn “O Lord, Our God How Excellent”
O Lord, our God how excellent, how glorious is your name.
Your majesty surrounds the earth, and children sing your fame.
The heavens shout your handiwork; we stand beneath in awe,
To think the One who made all things should care for us at all.
CALL TO CONFESSION
The proof of God’s amazing love is this: while we were sinners Christ died for us.
Because we have faith in him, we dare to approach God with confidence.
In humility and faith, let us confess together:
Holy and merciful God,
in your presence we confess our failure to be what you created us to be.
You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways,
in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love.
By your loving mercy, help us to live in your light and abide in your ways,
For the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior.
-- Spend a few moments in silent confession –
ASSURANCE OF PARDON 2 Corinthians 5:17
Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation.
The old life has gone; a new life has begun.
know that you are forgiven and be at peace. Amen.
God doesn’t call us to a sad and miserable life, but to a life of joy!
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH, from the Westminster Catechism, Q. 1
What is the chief end of all people?
Our chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
SPECIAL MUSIC "Lift Your Light " Mary McDonald (click)