call to worship – based on Psalm 111

submitted by Michael Morgan, organist, Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia; seminary musician, Columbia Theological Seminary; and author of the Psalter for Christian Worship

One: Praise the Lord! In the company of the saints above and beside us, let us give thanks to the Lord our God!
All: Great are the works of the Lord, full of honor and majesty,  whose righteousness endures forever.
One: The Lord is gracious and merciful; the work of God’s hands are faithful and just.
All: God’s covenant is established forever in truth and justice.
One: Our redemption is in the name of our Lord.
All: Holy and awesome is God’s name in all the earth!
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call to worship – based on Psalm 62

submitted by Michael Morgan, organist, Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia; seminary musician, Columbia Theological Seminary; and author of the Psalter for Christian Worship

One: For God alone our souls wait in silence, for our hope is from God.
All: God alone is our rock and our salvation; we will not be shaken.
One: Our God sends deliverance and honor.
All: Like a mighty rock, God is our refuge.
One: Trust in God always, for God is power and grace.
All: Steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
One: Brothers and sisters, praise the Lord!
All: The Lord’s name be praised!

call to worship – based on Psalm 139

submitted by Michael Morgan, organist, Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia; seminary musician, Columbia Theological Seminary; and author of the Psalter for Christian Worship

One: O Lord, you have searched us and known us.
All: Before we move or think or speak, you know our actions and our words.
One: You breathed life into us, and shaped us in human form to serve your purpose and sing your praise.
All: We praise you for the gifts of substance and spirit, of acceptance and expectancy, of lineage and legacy.
One: How wonderful are your thoughts, O God!
All: How vast is the expanse of your grace and love!
One: Praise the Lord!
All: The Lord’s name be praised!

call to worship – Baptism of the Lord, based on Psalm 29

submitted by Michael Morgan, organist, Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia; seminary musician, Columbia Theological Seminary; and author of the Psalter for Christian Worship

One: Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength:
All: Worship the Lord in holy splendor.
One: The voice of the Lord is powerful.
All: The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
One: May the Lord give us strength.
All: May the Lord bless us with peace.
One: Praise the Lord!
All: The Lord’s name be praised!