Liturgy – January 23,2022
January 23rd, 2022 | Josh Williams
Welcome & Call to Worship
Jesus calls us to praise and prayer, to song and silence;
Jesus calls us to worship.
Jesus calls us to hearing and healing, to service and solidarity;
Jesus calls us to love.
Jesus calls us to advocacy and action, to protest and provision;
Jesus calls us to justice.
Let us heed the call of Christ.
Let us worship together with joy.
Prayer of Confession
O Lord, forgive us when we fail to respond to your call with faith.
Through your Spirit we stand in the assurance of your acceptance.
Forgive us when we are shackled by our narrow understandings of discipleship
and our clouded sense of purpose.
Through your Spirit we are drawn into the
illumination of your empowering love.
Forgive us when we are frightened of the future
or pull back from the demand of your calling.
Forgive us when we fail to sense your presence in our past,
to acknowledge your grace in the present moment, and to trust you for our future.
Through your Spirit we offer ourselves in discipleship.
We stand together as your disciples.
We seek renewed and renewing faith.
Touch us now with your Spirit, Lord.
Friends, hear the good news: If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
All this is from God, with whom we are reconciled through Christ.
Thanks be to God!
John 14:16-17 & 25-26
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
Prayers of the People
Begin by standing up, introducing yourself, and sharing your prayer with us.
If you have something you’re thankful for, end your prayer with…
“Let us bless the Lord” and we’ll respond together, “Thanks be to God”
If you have something you’d like prayer for, end your prayer with…
“Let us pray to the Lord” and we’ll respond together, “Lord, have mercy”
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Praise God for whom all Saints proclaim
Praise Him with honor due his name
Praise Him who gave his son to save
Praise God above the heavens reign
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our Lord thanks and praise.
Everlasting God, the radiance of faithful souls: We celebrate your gift of creation.
We rejoice that you have formed us in your image
and called us to dwell in your infinite love.
You brought the nations into your light
and kings to the brightness of your rising.
You sent your Son, the bright morning star, to illuminate our darkness
and to lead us into harmony and peace.
Through the Holy Spirit, you have brought good news into our hearts.
Day by day you call us to feed the hungry, heal the sick,
deliver the oppressed, and to wait and watch for your kingdom.
For this, we give you thanks.
Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels
and with all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn
to proclaim the glory of your Name:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
God of glory, you nourish us with your Word who is the bread of life:
fill us with your Holy Spirit that through us the light of your glory
may shine in all the world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Together let us proclaim the Great mystery of faith:
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
Go now, follow where Christ calls you
and proclaim the message God gives you.
Wait in hope for God.
Avoid become bound up in the business of the world,
but live in readiness for the inbreaking of the Kingdom.
And may God be your haven and your glory;
May Christ Jesus give you courage for his mission;
And may the Spirit embrace your soul in God’s silence.
Go in Peace,
Live the Church,
See you throughout the week.
Remember that we are ending our liturgy today with the Passing of the Peace. Please grab a cup of coffee over by the chapel doors and hang out for a while.
The peace of the Lord be always with you!
And also with you!