Call to Worship
A tiny seed that burgeons into a majestic tree with branches that offer shelter and shade;
or yeast, hidden within a bushel of flour, that transforms the dough in due time:
this is what the kingdom of heaven is like.
We gather ’round Jesus—our teacher and Lord—seeking wisdom and understanding,
longing for a foretaste of the kingdom of heaven.
Let anyone with ears to hear, listen!
Prayer of Praise
Call to Confession
We do not always know how to pray to the God who searches and knows our hearts.
Yet, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, interceding for us with sighs too deep for words.
Trusting that the Spirit pleads for us, let us come before the Lord in honest confession.
Prayer of Confession
God, your kingdom confounds us. You challenge our assumptions about right living
and stretch our understanding of what holds worth. You reverse our expectations
and reorder our priorities until they reflect your vision of well-being for all.
Your kingdom surprises us with grace upon grace. But we cling to the values of this world,
which privilege products over people, success over service,
and competition for resources over the common good.
Open us to new ways of living that embody your desire for creation
and contribute to a commonwealth marked by justice and joy.
(hear now our silent prayer of confession)
Assurance of Grace
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship or distress or peril?
No, in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor things present, nor things to come,
nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Believe the good news: we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!