the congregational responses are from the hymns Rejoice, the Lord is King! and Come Sing, O Church, in Joy! both to the tune Darwall’s 148th.
One: Come, people of God! With open hearts and open hands, let us worship!
All sung: Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore!
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing, and triumph evermore.
Lift up your heart; lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say rejoice!
One: We come, declaring our allegiance to Christ, praising our Lord with a loud voice.
We come, seeking God’s way and committing ourselves to Christ’s path.
We come, longing for the peace and justice of the Kingdom of God.
All sung: Long years have come and gone, and still God reigns supreme,
empowering us to catch the vision, dream the dream!
In bold accord, come celebrate the journey now and praise the Lord!
One: God’s future is on its way, the kingdom is at hand, and God’s vision of hope is true!
Come, people of God! Let us worship!
All sung: Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, Rejoice!
One: The Spirit is moving in this place, creating and re-creating the Body of Christ.
We come, eager to be transformed into citizens of God’s kingdom!
Let all the people say: Amen!
Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL