prayer of confession: greatness and glory

submitted by Eric Beene, Pastor, White Bluff Presbyterian Church, Savannah, Georgia

Almighty God, we know that the things you have done for us are great.  The powerful cannot rule us, and the hungry are filled with good things.  We know the greatness of your strength, and we know the unexpectedness of your mercy.  So why do we try to make your coming into the world cute, cozy, and soft, like a fuzzy blanket on a cold night? Forgive us, O Lord, for the ways we reduce your glory into something easy.  Prepare us, O Lord, to stop what we are doing, to look, and to listen; to let our jaws drop and let chills run up our spines; to stare wide-eyed in wonder and awe at the glory of the Lord dwelling among us.  We pray in the name of Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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Call to Worship: Can You Believe It?

Submitted by Rev. Eric Beene, White Bluff Presbyterian Church, Savannah, Georgia.

Leader: Christ is risen!
People: Christ is risen, indeed!
Leader: Can you believe it? Is it true? The women went to the tomb, and they came back saying that Jesus was raised from the dead! Christ is risen!
People: Christ is risen, indeed!
Leader: Can you believe it? What does it mean? He is stronger than any power, even the power of death! Christ is risen!
People: Christ is risen, indeed!
Leader: Can you believe it? What should we do? If we believe it, this news would change our lives, and it could even change the world! I need to say it over and over again, just to let it sink in. Christ is risen!
People: Christ is risen, indeed!
ALL: ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! LET US PRAISE THE LORD!