Call to Worship
The heavens are telling the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the Creator’s handiwork.
They have no speech, they use no words,
yet their witness goes out through all the earth.
Let us join the chorus of creation; let us raise our voices in resounding praise.
May the words of our mouths and the songs of our hearts be pleasing to the Lord!
Prayer of Praise
Call to Confession
The psalmist reminds us: “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.”
Yet, in our sinfulness, we disregard God’s commandments,
to the detriment of our relationships and our own wellbeing.
Offering honest confession, let us return to the Lord,
whose ordinances are more desirable than gold and sweeter than honey.
Prayer of Confession
God of the Covenant, long ago you gave us the law to guide us in the ways of righteousness.
When we wandered, you called prophets to beckon us toward faithfulness.
In the fullness of time, you sent your Son to heal our brokenness and draw us close to you.
But, time and again, we reject your gift of grace.
We bow before the false gods of our world and forget your command to serve the least of these.
We fill our days with self-serving agendas or trivial tasks and neglect to nurture our relationship with you.
Forgive us, Lord. Come to us again, we pray, and set us on right paths.
Root out habits that separate us from you and sow within us seeds of mercy and love
so that we might produce the fruits of your kingdom.
Assurance of Grace
Children of the covenant, in these waters Christ has made us his own—
one with him in death, one with him in resurrection.
Believe the good news: We have been raised to new life
and made righteous by God’s gift of grace.
Thanks be to God.