Call to Worship
Come from the fields of your daily labors
return from the journeys that have taken you far from home—
come, here is rest and renewal.
We gather, hearts ready to receive God’s life-giving Word.
Come to this table, where all find welcome, and this font, where grace overflows—
come into the presence of the Living Lord.
We come to praise God— the sender and the sent.
Prayer of Praise
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
God, you send us as prophets to proclaim your coming reign.
You send us out as witnesses to embody your justice, kindness, and mercy.
Yet we shrink from your call to serve as messengers of your kingdom.
We cling to safe surroundings and turn from the demands of discipleship.
Forgive us, we pray. Embolden us and send us again as heralds of your good news.
(hear now our silent prayer of confession)
Assurance of Grace
The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!