Call to Worship
(based on John 13:33-35)
One: Jesus says: Little children, I am with you only a little longer.
Many: We look for you, and you tell us as you told those before us
One: Where I am going, you cannot come.
Many: So what are we to do?
One: I give you a new commandment: that you love one another.
Many: Just as you loved us, we are to love one another.
One: By this everyone will know you are my disciples:
All: If we have love for one another.
One: When God restored our fortunes, we were like those who dream.
Many: Our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy.
One: All our neighbors said, ‘God has done great things for them!’
Many: And God has done great things for us and brought us joy.
One: Restore us, again, God, like water returning to dry creeks.
Many: May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
One: Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed for sowing shall come home with shouts of joy carrying their sheaves.
All: We come today restoring God planting our seeds and seeking your holy harvest!
(Paraphrase of Philippians 3:17-4:1)
One: Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe each other who live as examples of Christ,
Many: For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
One: With tears I tell you of these enemies.
Many: Their end is destruction. Their god is hungry greed. Their glory is shameful. Their minds are stuck on Earthly things.
One: But our citizenship is in heaven.
Many: From heaven will return our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
One: Christ transforms us from living in humiliation to living in glory.
Many: Christ does this with the same power Christ uses to reconcile all things to God.
One: Therefore, my sisters and brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown: stand firm in the Lord.
All: We come to stand firm before the Beloved and declare all who come in the name of the Lord are blessed.
Based on Jeremiah 31:31-34
One: “The days are surely coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant
Many: Not like the old covenant, which was broke,
One: But a new law that is written within.”
Many: A new covenant written on our hearts.
One: “I will be their god,”
Many: And we will be God’s people.
One: No longer shall one say to another – Have you been saved?
Many: For everyone shall be – the least to the greatest.
One: All iniquity is forgiven, and sin is remembered no more.
All: We come free from sin to worship our God who gives us the new covenant!
Call to Worship
(Based on James 5:13-20)
One: Are any among you suffering?
Many: We pray for one another wholeness.
One: Are any among you cheerful?
Many: We sing songs of cheerful praise!
One: Are any among you sick?
Many: We anoint one another with prayers and oil.
One: Are any among you wandering into sin?
Many: We confess our sins to one another, and are forgiven.
One: My brothers and sisters, our prayers are powerful and effective!
All: We gather to pray, to praise, and worship in the name of Christ!
(Based on Isaiah 50:4-9a)
One: The Lord God has given us the tongues of teachers
Many: That we may know how to sustain the weary with a word.
One: Morning by morning, God awakens–
Many: And then God awakens us to listen.
One: Listening, we stay in peace among conflict.
Many: Our listening God helps us.
One: The world may clamor, and accuse, insult and spit,
All: But we gather in peace ready for the sustaining Word and listening Spirit.
Based on Ezekiel 2:1-3:3
One: God says: O Mortal, rise on your feet and hear my words!
Many: And when God spoke, a Spirit entered me and lifted me up.
One: God says: O Mortal, I am sending you to the sin-sick, to the rebellious, to those who don’t want to hear my words
Many: We are afraid of the briers and thorns, the scorpions, and what people say about us.
One: Children, do not be afraid. You must speak my words, whether they listen or fail to listen.
All: We open our mouths and take your words, as sweet as honey, to speak to the world full of woe.