From Rev. Melissa DeRosia, Pastor of Gates Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY
Call to Worship (Isaiah 40:1-11, 2 Peter 3:8-15a)
Leader: We are people longing for comfort.
People: Longing for the stones of anxiety to be cleared from our hearts.
Leader: We don’t know when or how,
People: God’s comfort is patient with our uneasiness.
Leader: So we wait with the promise,
People: God’s glory revealed for all creation.
Prayer of Confession
Comforter of the lost, you call out to us but we are too busy right now to listen. We lose our way and fool ourselves into believing that many of our rough ways and crooked paths are justified. We tell ourselves that we don’t have enough time to get everything done, but can’t ever say “no.” We scoff at people who can’t seem to control themselves, but indulge to fill the emptiness we feel. Lead us back to the level plains of your comfort that provides us the space and time to change and be the people you call us to be.
Silent Prayers of Confession
Assurance of Grace
Leader: “Comfort, O comfort my people,” says our God. In Jesus Christ the good news of God’s promises proclaim “Here is your God.”
All: Our sins are forgiven! Thanks be to God. Amen.