Jul 23, 2017

Opening Prayer: Psalm 105

Here’s an opening prayer inspired by Psalm 105:1-11. Feel free to revise it to suit your context.

Opening Prayer
(based on Psalm 105:1-11)

Lord, our God,
where is there another God like You—
a God of justice and unfailing love,
who stands by every promise made to His people,
generation after generation?
There is no other.
You alone are God.

And so we gather together to worship You:
to give You thanks,
to proclaim Your greatness,
to sing Your praise,
to seek Your face,
and to celebrate Your faithful presence with us.

We pray that Your Spirit would guide and inspire our worship.
Open our mouths to sing and speak Your praise,
open our ears to hear Your Word,
open our eyes to see to You at work among us,
open our hearts to receive Your love.

We offer ourselves to You, in the name of Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and Lord.
Amen.

Opening Prayer: Romans 8:26-34

Here’s an opening prayer inspired by Romans 8:26-34. Feel free to revise it to suit your context.

Opening Prayer
(based on Romans 8:26-34)

Father God,
Your extravagant love has called us together.

Long before we even knew You,
You already knew us,
and had chosen us to be part of Your own family—
sisters and brothers with our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
What amazing love You have shown toward us!

And so we come before You with praise and thanksgiving,
offering You the worship of our hearts and lives,
and opening ourselves to the prompting and leading of Your Holy Spirit.

Receive our worship—our praise and prayers and offerings—
through the intercession of Your Son, Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and Lord.
May the time we spend here in Your presence
bring honour and glory to Your Name. 
Amen.

Call to Worship: Hebrews 10: 19-22

Here’s a call to worship inspired by Hebrews 10:19-22. 

Call to Worship
(inspired by Hebrews 10:19-22)

We gather together to worship,
knowing that God is already here among us;
knowing that there is nothing that separates us
from the presence of our Lord.
Wherever we are, wherever we go,
God is near.
So let us enter into this service of worship
with confidence and hope,
knowing that God is already with us,
and that He stands eager to meet us
and bless us with His love.

Jul 22, 2017

Gathering Words

Here’s a contemporary call to worship from the New Kilpatrick Parish Church website.

Gathering

Let us gather in this moment
just as we are
questioner
sinner
seeker
for we matter to God
more than doctrine, liturgy or creed

Let us gather in this space
just as we are
less than perfect
and fully human
in our needs and longings

Let us gather wherever we find ourselves
just as we are
each of us created in the poetry of love
and formed from the imagination of heaven

let us interrupt the world this morning
wherever we are
and worship God.

 posted on the website of the New Kilpatrick Parish Church (Bearsden,Scotland). https://www.nkchurch.org.uk/

Call to Worship: The Presence of Love

Here’s a call to worship from Cheryl Lawrie’s [hold this space] website.

Call to Worship

In this space and time
all of who we are
is welcome.

You can bring the broken, darkest parts of you
the parts which strive to be beautiful
and those which are nothing but flawed

and put them next to mine.

as together
we let them be shaped
by the presence of love.

~ written by Cheryl Lawrie and posted on [hold this space]. http://holdthisspace.org.au/all-of-who-we-are/