Jan 23, 2017

Call to Worship: Matthew 5: 1-10

Here’s a responsive call to worship inspired by Matthew 5:1-10. It was written by Rev. Mindi and posted on Rev-o-lution.

Responsive Call to Worship
(inspired by Matthew 5:1-10)

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
the downtrodden and despairing,
    They will rejoice in God’s reign forever.
Blessed are those who mourn,
who are grieving
    They will be comforted in God’s reign forever.
Blessed are the ones who seek
justice and righteousness
    They will find it in God’s reign forever.
Blessed are we when we love our neighbors
and seek their needs
    We will live in God’s reign forever.
Blessed are we all when we seek to serve others
in God’s name.
    Let us worship together, serving one another
    and serving our Mighty God. Amen.

~ written by Rev. Mindi, and posted on Rev-o-lution. http://rev-o-lution.org/

Blessing Litany

Here are some selected highlights of Jesus life told using the format of the Beatitudes. It was written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws.

Litany of Blessing: Be-Attitude
(inspired by Matthew 5:1-10)

Blessed are you who make room at your table
for in that way even tax-collectors shall be redeemed

Blessed are you who seek out lost sheep
for your seeking you find more than a lamb

Blessed are you who touch the leper
for you make a home for the excluded

Blessed are you who welcome the prodigal
for you express the fullness of the love that is God

Blessed are the silenced
for you hear the cry of God

Blessed are you who make friends with your enemy
for you know the way to lasting peace

Blessed are you who turn the other cheek
for you show more strength than the oppressor

Blessed are you who break bread with the stranger
you will have a foretaste of the kingdom

Blessed are you who heal on the Sabbath
you will reveal what is important to God

Blessed are you who seek company with the outcast and unclean
for you shall be accompanying Jesus

Blessed are you who overturn the tables
you are the freedom fighters of love 

Blessed are you who love your neighbour
for you already live in the realm of God

Blessed are you who walk the way
for you shall move within the company of heaven

Blessed are you who carry a cross
for you shall see God’s wisdom

Blessed are you who wait for the morning
for you shall see the renewal of life

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws. http://www.nkchurch.org.uk/index.php/mucky-paws

Prayer & Call to Worship: The Gathering One

Here’s a combination opening prayer and call to worship for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany, Year A…or for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25). It was posted on the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website.

Opening Prayer
and Call to Worship

“But we proclaim Christ crucified....”  1 Corinthians 1:23

O God, you are the gathering one 
who calls us into community 
with each other 
to love and work, 
to support and heal.

You are the gathering one 
who calls us into community 
with all people; 
to bring justice and hope, 
freedom and truth.

You are the gathering one 
who calls us into community 
with the whole creation; 
to live in harmony, 
to cherish and renew.

Let us worship the God 
who makes us one.

~ posted on the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website. http://www.christianaid.org.uk/ 

Prayer of Confession: Psalm 15

Here’s a congregational act of confession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for the fourth Sunday after Epiphany. It was written by Stephen Fearing and posted on Wild and Precious Life.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Psalm 15)

Holy God,
we do not deserve to be in your dwelling place.
We have not led a blameless life.
We have not done what is right in your sight 
or spoken the truth that you have sealed in our hearts.
We have done evil to both those we love 
    and to those we refuse to love as we should.
We have not been faithful stewards of that which we have been blessed
    and have hoarded that which should be shared
    with the least of these.
Hear our cry, God of our hope,
as we confess that which weighs us down…

Redeeming God,
save us from our foolishness and guide us to your wisdom.
Gather us in your righteousness and redemption.
Forgive us for we are seeking your light and your salvation.
Cleanse us of our brokenness that we might do justice,
    love kindness, and walk humbly with you.  Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Because we are not worthy to enter God’s dwelling,
God came to dwell with us
through the body and being of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. 
Christ came to be with us, amongst us, and for us. 
Hear the good news of the Gospel: 
in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!  Alleluia!  Amen!


~ written by Stephen Fearing, and posted on Wild and Precious Life. http://www.stephenmfearing.com/

Prayer of Blessing: Matthew 5: 1-12

Here’s a prayer of intercession and blessing inspired by the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. It was written by Susan Durber and posted on the Christian Aid website.

Prayer
(inspired by Matthew 5:1-12)

God, bless those who are in poor spirit,
who feel empty inside and who dread the day.

God, bless those who mourn and grieve,
who ache with loss for someone so much loved.

God, bless the people who are meek,
who do not grasp or shout or demand to be first in the queue.

God, bless the people who are hungry for justice
and who cannot wait for everyone to have their rights.

God, bless all who are merciful,
who have learned to forgive even those who hurt them hard.

God, bless all who are pure in heart,
in whom there is no vengefulness, but only love.

God, bless the peacemakers,
the ones who, by their words and deeds, can change the world.

God, bless the persecuted ones,
and keep them safe from those who would hurt them.

God, so rich in blessings for your children,
we rejoice in your promises and in your boundless and transforming grace.
Amen.

~ written by Susan Durber, and posted on the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website. http://www.christianaid.org.uk/