dedication: you know…

Submitted by Rev. Martha Spong, North Yarmouth Congregational Church, North Yarmouth Maine.

 

O God, you know the condition of our bank accounts as well as you know the condition of our minds and hearts. We can’t hide anything from you. Receive our gifts and use them for your good purposes in the world. Guide us to be your servants; may we listen when you speak! Amen.

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illumination: hoping from the inside out

Submitted by Rev. Martha Spong, pastor at North Yarmouth Congregational Church, North Yarmouth Maine.

 

Holy One, you have formed us, from the inside out, knitting us together before anyone could see us. We praise you with wonder at the intricacy of human beings, the complexity of body, mind and soul. You have hopes for each of us. Help us to listen for your hopes today, we ask in the name of Jesus.

CTW: You know us well

Submitted by Rev. Martha Spong, pastor at North Yarmouth Congregational Church, North Yarmouth, Maine.

 

One: We come to worship God, who knows us better than we know ourselves.
Many: We come to worship God, who can understand our thoughts, who knows when we sit down and when we get up and go.
One: O God, you know us well, in all the ways. Before we say a word, you know what is coming.
Many: Wherever we go, you are there. It’s hard to believe, but it’s the truth.
One: Let us worship God, who knows our hearts and our lives.

Simple Confession based on Psalm 139

From Laura Becker, Pastor, Northminster Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, TN

Call to Reconciliation
The psalmist declares that God who creates us – God who loves us, God who redeems us – searches us and knows us completely. Before a word is on our tongues, God knows it completely. And we are assured that there is nowhere we can go that is separated from the presence of God. Let us pray our prayer of confession in silence, and then speak the words of the psalmist together.

Prayer of Confession

(Silent Prayers)

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Amen. (Psalm 139:23-24)

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!