Calls To Worship

The Heart

Adapted from Ezekiel 36:25-27 

The Lord says, 

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. 

I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols. 

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you, 

I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 

And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” 

Sanctifying Spirit, please move among us as we worship you today. 

Austin D. Hill

Adapted from Psalm 9:1-2, NRSV

We will give thanks to you, O LORD, with our whole heart;

we will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

We will be glad and exult in you;

we will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

Adapted from Psalm 29

Leader: Then let us wait for the Lord, and in this season of lent, let us wait by the cross.

Leader: Ascribe to the Lord, glory and strength. Glorify God’s holy name.

People: We worship the Lord with awe in our hearts.

Leader: The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders.

People: The voice of the Lord is powerful. The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

Leader: The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars. The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.

People: The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness. The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare;

Leader: And all in God’s holy temple cry,

People: “Glory! Glory to God in the highest. Holy! Holy is the Lord God Almighty. You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power.”

Leader: Let us worship God.

 Adapted from Psalm 51:10-12

Leader:            Create in us clean hearts, O God, and put new and right spirits within us.

People:           Do not cast us away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from us.

Leader:            Restore to us the joy of your salvation

People:           and sustain in us a willing spirit.

All:                  Let us worship God!

Submitted by Chip Hardwick

Adapted from Psalm 119

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,

Who walk according to the law of the Lord.

Blessed are those who keep his statutes,

And seek God with all their heart.

We will praise you with upright hearts,

As we learn your righteous laws.

Submitted by Austin D. Hill

Adapted from Psalm 119

I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.  

Praise be to you, LORD; teach me your decrees. 

With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. 

I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.  

I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.  

I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. 

For your word is a lamp for my feet, and light for my path.  

Submitted by Austin D. Hill

When Jesus speaks, our hearts burn within us; 

Our eyes are opened when he breaks the bread. 

Beloved, we are God’s children now; 

When Christ is revealed, we will be like him. 

Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain. 

Blessing and honor and glory to God! 

Submitted by Austin D. Hill

Almighty God, You created us in your image, each of us in your likeness.

Help us to worship You alone, Lord, and never bow to any created thing. 

We see your handiwork in every one of your works, but You alone are worthy of our hearts.

Accept our worship today, God, because of Jesus, our perfect sight of You.

Submitted by Charles Teixeira

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Taken from the Book of Common Prayer Ash Wednesday Liturgy, Seabury Press, 1977.