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CTW: remembering who we are

One: Come from east and west, north and south!
All: From everywhere God has placed us,
with everything God has given us,
as the people God made us—we come.

One: Come, receive again the gift of grace!
All: Not for owning, not for boasting, but for celebrating—we come.
One: Come, discover again the way that leads to life!
All: Remembering who we are, seeking who we are yet to be—we come.

(Suggested opening hymn: We Rejoice To Be God’s Chosen)

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson

confession: naming our sin

Naming Our Sin (following the hymn “Source and Sovereign, Rock and Cloud” described in the Glory to Godsampler this way: “These scriptural names and images of the Triune God express a theological view reinforced by the structure: the stanzas deal, in turn, with each Person of the Trinity and the refrain affirms their unity. The swirling patterns of the Welsh tune add much energy to the text.”)

L:  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Remembering this promise of God, let us pray together.

P:  Holy God,  Each name for you in scripture and song tells a story of what you have done for us.  We confess that we limit ourselves to a few names, a few stories, and only a few memories.  We confess that we forget all the different ways and times you have shown us mercy and grace.  We confess that we don’t spend enough time remembering your promises which give us comfort in our present struggles and hope for the unknown future.  Forgive us, Gracious One, and help us to remember your faithfulness to your covenant this day and always.  This we pray in the name above all names, Jesus our Lord.  Amen. 

Hearing God’s Forgiveness

L:  When the flood waters covered the earth,

P:  God remembered Noah.

L:  When she grieved for children she didn’t have,

P:  God remembered Rachel.

L:  When the Israelites groaned under the oppression of the Egyptians,

P:  God heard their groaning, and God remembered the covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

L:  When we confess our sins, God hears us and remembers the promise of the gospel:

P:  Our sins are forgiven on account of Christ’s name.

L:  Thanks be to God!  Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Stephanie Boardman Anthony, First Presbyterian Church, Hudson, WI.

CTW: bless the lord…

Call to Worship from Psalms 103 and 77

L:  Bless the Lord, O my soul,

P:  and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name.

L:  I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;

P:  I will remember your wonders of all.

L:  I will meditate on all your work,

P:  and muse on your mighty deeds.

L:  Bless the Lord, O my soul,

P:  and do not forget all God’s benefits.

 

Submitted by Rev. Stephanie Boardman Anthony, First Presbyterian Church, Hudson WI.