Call to Worship
By Katya Ouchakof
God of grief and pain,
You weep with us when we sorrow.
God of love and joy,
You rejoice with us when we celebrate.
God of all seasons,
You are with us in the transitions of life.
God of resurrection,
You promise to always bring us to new life.
We come to you today in grief and in hope.
Be with us as we worship, in your holy name. Amen.
Prayer of Praise
Call to Confession
Trusting that God washes us with grace and pours love into our hearts,
let us confess the ways we continue to sin and fall short of the glory of God.
Prayer of Confession
By Terie Peterson
How often, O God, have you appeared, calling us, and we have said “I didn’t expect you today”?
We are shocked, surprised, caught off guard.
But at the same time we proclaim you everywhere present.
We ask for a sign, something obvious, to show us the way.
When we get it, though, it wasn’t what we expected.
YOU weren’t what we expected.
We confess that we were hoping for something that fit our lifestyle,
our preconceptions, our plans, a bit better.
We admit that maybe we didn’t want the sign, didn’t want the calling…didn’t want you…today.
Forgive us, God. Forgive our timid hearts.
Forgive our unwillingness to have seen what was right in front of us the whole time.
Forgive our faltering following and our wishful thinking.
Give us the courage to stand up, welcome you even when you ask hard things of us,
and follow your call.
(hear now our silent prayer of confession)
Assurance of Grace
Beloved people of God, believe the good news;
through the grace of Jesus Christ we
Thanks be to God.