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Calls to Worship: Lent A psalms

Here will be calls to worship for every Sunday in Lent (year A), using the lectionary Psalm as a basis. (as a bit of background, we are doing a series called “Choices on the Way” highlighting stories of the people of God having to make a choice to go forward or back as they discern God’s will. I’ve also noted the theme words and texts, some of which are lectionary and some are not.)

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church.

Week 1 (Entrance – Exit, Genesis 2.15-17, 3.1-7)

Call to Worship (from Psalm 32)

One: Let all God’s people come—
All: We will lift our voices to the Lord.
One: God says, “I will teach you the way you should go.”
All: So we will listen and follow God’s way.

Week 2 (Familiar – Unknown, Genesis 12.1-4)

Call to Worship (from Psalm 121)

One: Lift up your eyes, people of God!
All: We look to the hills, we stare into the desert, we gaze at the horizon—
where is our help?
One: Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
All: We will lift up our eyes, and follow God’s way.

Week 3 (Golden Age – Promise, Exodus 32.1-10)

Call to Worship (from Psalm 95)

One: Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
All: For the Lord is our God, and we are God’s people.
One: Listen to God’s voice—the Lord is a great God, above all others.
All: We will listen and follow God’s way.

Week 4: Seeing – Believing (Mark 8.27-33)

Call to Worship (Psalm 23)

One: The Lord is our shepherd, our leader and provider.
All: He leads us in the right path,
showing how to live centered on God.
One: The Lord is our shepherd, guiding us even in darkness.
All: Surely goodness and mercy will pursue us as we follow God’s way.

Week 5: Call – Answer (Mark 7.24-30)

Opening Prayer (Psalm 130)

One: We cry out to you, O God,
waiting for you, hoping in your word.
All: Hear our voice, for we call day and night!
We trust in your steadfast love,
so we will follow your way.

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