CALL TO WORSHIP
Keeping God’s Word central in worship means
regularly using Scripture in our liturgy, songs, prayers and sermon.
Read aloud the words of Psalm 34, verses 1-3 and verse 8:
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together!
O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.
PRAYER OF ADORATION
Almighty God, we come into your presence believing you are with us right now.
We bow before you in awe of your holiness, wisdom and power;
For you alone are worthy of our praise and adoration.
We pray in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
Each week we stand before God admitting what he knows already -
we have failed to be his faithful people. We confess together because,
as brothers and sisters in Christ, our failures affect the family of faith.
In humility and faith, let’s confess together:
Merciful God, our greatest sin is unbelief. Every day you prove your love for us.
Every day you sustain your Creation. Every day you faithfully provide for our needs.
Every day you reveal more and more of yourself to us if we’d only pay attention.
Forgive us for insulting you, ignoring you, and living according to our own will and way.
Restore us to the sweet fellowship of being in Christ,
we pray in the power of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
- Spend a few moments in silent confession –
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Have you confessed your sin? Then God forgives you – completely!
Friends believe the Good News. In Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven!
Thanks be to God. Amen.
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH, from a Brief Statement of Faith
We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life.
The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,
sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor,
and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church.
The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles
rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture,
engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism,
feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation,
and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church.
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!”
The writer of this hymn, Joseph Hart, called himself
“a loose backslider, an audacious apostate, and a bold-faced rebel” before his spiritual awakening.
SPECIAL MUSIC “Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy” Albert Travis (click)
Diane Combs, organ