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CTW: we come to praise

Leader:  We come to praise God’s holy name.
People:   We come to offer our hearts to Christ.
Leader:  We come, male and female, young and old,
People:  We come, rich and poor, messy and tidy,
Leader:  We come, cranky and cheerful, burdened and free,
People:  All are welcome here.  We come just as we are.
Leader:  We come to praise God’s holy name!
People: All honor and glory to God forever and ever!

 

submitted by Rev. Betsy Turner, serving Luther Hays Presbyterian Church, Hayston, GA

CTW: follow me

One: To the fisherman Jesus said:
All: “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.
One: To the tax collector Jesus said:
All: “Follow me.”
One: To the rich man Jesus said:
All: “Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
One: At the last supper Jesus said:
All: “Follow me”
One: To you and to me and to all of us Jesus says:
All: Follow me!
inspired by Matt. 4:19-20; Luke 5:27, Mark 10:21, John 21:19
submitted by Rev. Kathleen Sheets, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Jesup, IA

call to worship and prayer of approach – why have you come?


Call to Worship

People of God! Why have you come?
We have come to celebrate God’s healing presence among us.
Servants of God! Why have you come?
We have come to be refreshed, to be renewed, to be sent out.
Children of God! Why have you come?
We have come to worship together.
Then let us do so with joy and gladness.

Prayer of Approach

Gracious God, once again you have called us together in this place.
Here we open our hearts and lives before you, here we seek to hear Your life-giving Word.
God in this time of song and prayer and speech,
open our very souls to receive your challenge, open our wills to accept your instruction. Turn our mourning into dancing, replace our sackcloths with garments of joy.
And when our time of worship is ended,
lead us back out into the world to share the Good News with the world around us.
We pray in the name of the One who brought Your healing love, Jesus of Nazareth.
Amen.

 

submitted by Gord Waldie, St. Paul’s United Church, Grande Prairie, Alberta

call to worship: make room

Make room for the advent of God!
Make room for unforgettable transformation!
Make room to see the world turned upside-down…
Valleys will touch the sky…Mountains will be flattened…
And we will all see it together!
So let’s make room for something new…and let’s worship God!