Call to Worship
God of creation and all beginnings! We gather this day grateful for the gift of faith;
Breathe your spirit within us, and gift us with voices to name you.
God of resurrection and new life!
We bring the hope of yearning hearts, grateful that you have named us as Your own;
Breathe your spirit through us, and gift us with hearts that honor you.
God of sustenance, in all our goings and comings! We yearn to taste the artistry of Your love,
which anoints us with light and shadow;
Breathe your spirit upon us, and gift us with the beauty of your name!
Prayer of Praise
Call to Confession
We are a people born of water and the Spirit. We have made promises to be Christ's faithful disciples,
and to show his love to our life's end. Although we fail to fulfill those baptismal vows,
God's faithful love endures forever. Confident of God's grace, let us confess our sin and the sin of this world.
Prayer of Confession
We come before You, O Holy One, just as we are: sometimes filled with great hope and faithful dreams; often stumbling with uncertainties and doubt; always aware of the suffering that inflicts our community and our world, and torn by the grief that troubles our peace.
Gather us into the heart of Your presence with a mother's strong care; welcome us home with a father's tender embrace; and call us once again into the joy of Your presence.
(hear now our silent prayer of confession)
Assurance of Grace
Hear the good news! Hope does not disappoint us, for God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. Believe this good news and give thanks: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God!