Call to Worship
To you, O Lord, we lift our souls;
to you we offer our lives.
For you are good and forgiving, and abounding in steadfast love.
In heaven, on earth, there is none like you. Your works are beyond compare.
For you are great; you work wonders. You alone are God.
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
“Do not fear,” you tell us.
But we cower before threats to our comfort and security,
not trusting your promise to care for us nor boldly stepping forward in faith.
“Take up the cross,” you tell us.
But we live as though death still holds dominion,
and refuse to take risks for the sake of the gospel;
we fail to challenge powers that diminish and principalities that destroy.
Forgive us, Lord. Help us to live with you and for you.
Make us worthy to bear the name of Christ.
(hear now our silent prayer of confession)
Assurance of Grace
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
in Jesus Christ we are forgiven and freed!
Thanks be to God!