Jun 19, 2017

Prayer: God of the Impossible

God of the impossible,
We pray for justice, peace and reconciliation;
When the challenges seem too many,
Remind us of your resurrection power;
When the task seems overwhelming,
Remind us of the miracle of love;
And when apathy threatens us,
Remind us of your vision of a world made whole.
Help us to hope that the impossible can happen
And live as if it might do so today. Amen.

~ from Creation Sings Your Praise, edited by Annabel Shilson-Thomas, Canterbury Press, 2010. Posted on the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website. http://www.christianaid.org.uk/

Jun 12, 2017

Call to Worship: Genesis 18

Here is a responsive call to worship inspired by Genesis 18:1-7.  It was written by Joanna Harader, and posted on Spacious Faith.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Genesis 18:1-7)

As Abraham welcomed the strangers
So God welcomes us.
God greets us with joy
and says, “rest here for awhile.”
God brings out water to wash our dusty feet.
God prepares a meal to nourish our weary spirits.
So let us receive the gracious hospitality of our God.
Let us rest in this holy place
where there is shade and water, food and laughter.

~ written by Joanna Harader, and posted on Spacious Faith. http://spaciousfaith.com/2011/10/19/wednesday-worship-piece-calls-to-worship/

Call to Worship for Father's Day

Scriptural Call to Worship for Fathers’ Day

Grace and peace to you from God our Father,
who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing
that comes from heaven: (Eph 1)

who knew you and chose you before the world began; (I Pet 1, Eph 1)

who loves you so much that he calls you his own children; (I Jn 3)

who has brought you from darkness into light
and filled you with his glorious power; (Col 1)

who has prepared an inheritance for you
that will never spoil or fade; (I Pet 1)

who encourages and strengthens you
in every good deed and word; (2 Thess 2)

who comforts you in your troubles
so that you can comfort others. (2 Cor 1)

This is our God,
the ultimate source of all things,
and the One for whom we live. (I Cor 8)

Let’s worship God together!

Call to Worship for Fathers' Day

Here are a number of scripturally-based calls to worship for Fathers’ Day (June 19, 2011), based on a variety of different scripture texts. Feel free to adapt them to suit your local context.

Father’s Day Call to Worship 1
(based on Psalm 68:4-5, 19)

Come, sing praises to God!
Rejoice in his presence!
For he is our God:
a Father to the fatherless,
and the defender of all who need protection;
the One in whom the lonely find a home,
and the prisoner finds release.
Bless the Lord,
the God of our salvation,
who sustains and strengthens us,
day after day!
Let’s worship God together!

Father’s Day Call to Worship 2
(from Psalm 68:4-5, New Living Translation)

Sing praises to God, and to his name!
Shout joyfully to him who rides the clouds.
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—
this is God, whose dwelling is holy.

Father’s Day Call to Worship 3
(based on Isaiah 63)

I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love.
I will praise God for all that he has done—
his great goodness to his people,
and his many acts of faithful love.
For he is our Father,
our Redeemer from ages past.

Father’s Day Call to Worship 4
(based on Psalm 103)

Come, bless the Lord with me!
For the Lord is like a father to his children
compassionate and merciful,
filled with endless love.
He forgives our sins,
and heals the sickness inside us;
he surrounds us with love and mercy
and fills our lives with good things!
Let’s worship God together!

Father’s Day Call to Worship 5
(based on Jeremiah 31)

Shout for joy to the Lord, our God,
who loves us with an everlasting love,
as a father loves his children;
who gathers us together from the north and the south,
the east and the west;
who leads us beside quiet streams,
and shows us the way we should go.

Fathers’ Day Call to Worship 6
(based on Psalm 103, Psalms Now)

Shout God’s praises,
you who are God’s children
and you who serve as his ministers and priests.
This is no time for despair and discouragement.
Whoever and wherever you are,
lift your hearts in praise to God!

—based on Leslie Brandt’s paraphrase of Psalm 103 in Psalms Now.

Father’s Day Call to Worship 7
(based on John 4:23)

The time is coming
—indeed, it is already here—
when true worshippers will worship the Father
in spirit and in truth. 
These are the worshippers the Father wants!

Father’s Day Call to Worship 8
(based on John 4:21-24, The Voice)

Listen to the words of Jesus:
“A new day is coming
—in fact, it’s already here—
when the importance will not be placed
on the time and place of worship
but on the truthful hearts of worshipers.
The Father is spirit,
and he is seeking followers
whose worship is sourced in truth
and deeply spiritual as well.
If you do not seek the Father,
then you do not worship.”

Father's Day Prayer of Praise

Here’s a prayer of praise for Father’s Day.  It was written by Nick Fawcett and posted on the Mother’s Union website.

Father’s Day Prayer

Loving God,
we come on this Father’s Day,
reminded that you are the Father of us all.
You have been with us from our birth,
guiding, nurturing and sustaining us.
Father God.
we praise you.

You have taught us and brought us to maturity,
always concerned for our welfare,
constantly seeking the best for us.
Father God.
we praise you.

Whenever we have needed you, you have been there,
willing to listen and advise,
yet giving us the freedom to make our own choices
and find our own way.
Father God.
we praise you.

You have called us to be your family,
a people united through your son, Jesus Christ,
and through him you have revealed your love,
a love that reaches out to us day by day
despite our failure to love you in return.
Father God.
we praise you.

Teach us to live as your children –
to hear your voice,
obey your instruction,
and respond to your goodness.
Father God.
we praise you.

Teach us to bear your name with pride,
to share with others,
through word and deed,
the joy you have given us.
Father God.
we praise you.

And finally, receive our thanks,
for the fathers you have given us,
all they have meant to us,
all they have given,
and all they have done in so many ways.
Father God.
we praise you,
in the name of Christ. Amen.

~ written by Nick Fawcett, and posted on the Mother’s Union website. http://www.themothersunion.org/