Calls To Worship


Adapted from Genesis 1 and John 1

Leader: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

People: Jesus was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and without Him not one thing came into being.

Leader: What has come into being in Him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

People: And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen His glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

Leader: From His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1) Let us praise God.

 Adapted from Matthew 12:18-21

Pastor: “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.

All: I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.

Pastor: He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory;

All: and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

Submitted by Dustin Ray

Adapted from Luke 4:18-19

Jesus says to us, 

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, 

Because he has anointed me  

To proclaim good news to the poor. 

he has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners  

And recovery of sight for the blind, 

To set the oppressed free, 

To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 

Submitted by Austin D. Hill

Adapted from Luke 4:18

Leader: As Jesus began his earthly ministry, he said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.”

People: Through the Holy Spirit, we too have been anointed to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Leader: May we bring good news to the poor, as ministers of Christ Jesus.

People: Come, Let us Worship the Lord!

Submitted by Stuart Strachan Jr.

Adapted from Luke 24:44-47a

Pastor: Jesus said, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

All: Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

Pastor: And Jesus said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

All: You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you.

Submitted by Dustin Ray

Adapted from John 11

Leader: Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.”

People: Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Leader:   Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”

People: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Leader: Martha replied “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.” Now what about us? Do we believe this?

All: We believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, our Lord and our Savior.

Leader: Then let us proclaim this with our singing…

Adapted from John 12:12-15

Leader: A great crowd that has come to the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

People: “Hosanna!”“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Leader: “Blessed is the king of Israel!”“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion. See, your king is coming,seated on a donkey’s colt.”

Adapted from Romans 15:6–7

Christ, the One who was, and is, and is to come,

welcomes you to this place.

As one body, with one voice,

we honor and glorify the giver of wisdom,

counsel, knowledge, and joy.

Amen. So be it.

Kimberly Bracken Long, Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year A, Volume 1, Westminster John Knox Press.

Adapted from Philippians 2

Leader: Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who though He was in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,

People: But emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.

Leader: And being found in human form, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death-even death on the cross.

People: Therefore God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name,

Leader: So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth; and under the earth,

People: And every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Leader: So let us join in singing our praise.

Adapted from Philippians 3:7-8, 10

But whatever were gains to us

We now consider loss for the sake of Christ.

What is more,

We consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ our Lord, for whose sake we lose all things.

We want to know Christ,

To know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings

 Submitted by Austin D. Hill

Adapted from Colossians 2:3; Revelation 5:12,

The Lord Jesus who calls us to worship him today

is the same Jesus who refused the temptation

to worship the evil one.

Rather than receive the glorious kingdoms of this world,

he endured the shame of the cross,

and today is Lord of lords and King of kings.

Now are gathered in him all the treasures

of wisdom and knowledge, glory, and power.

Adapted from Romans 5:6-82 & Corinthians 5:21

Leader: God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

People: You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Submitted by Dustin Ray

Jesus Christ is the light of the world.

He will judge the people with righteousness and defend the cause of the poor.

Jesus Christ is the light of the world.

The mystery of the ages is revealed; the eternal plane of God is known to all.

Jesus Christ is the light of the world.

Let us kneel down before him to give him honor, glory, and praise.

Jesus Christ is the light of the world.

Let us offer him all the treasures of our hearts and our lives.

Jesus Christ is the light of the world.

Submitted by Austin D. Hill

Leader: Arise! Shine! Christ’s Church has assembled.

People: We are one body, with Christ as our head.

Leader: What kind of body is this?

People: The Body of Christ, brought together not by human flesh, but by the sovereign Lord.

Leader: And who does he call us to be?

People: A people who look not to their own interests, but to the interests of others. Those who proclaim the goodness of their Lord.

Leader: Come, Let us worship as one united body.

Stuart Strachan Jr.

As we call ourselves to worship, let us remember that our God is an awesome God, who in Jesus Christ has lived in our flesh, faced our temptations, gone to cross for, and lives today in heaven. In this time of worship let us praise our God, pray for one another, and renew our faith in Christ who is with us. Let us worship God. 

Hassell Bullock

From Philippians 2

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.

Rather, in humility,

value others above yourselves,

not looking to your own interests

but each of you to the interests of others.

In your relationships with others,

have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.

Lord Almighty, help us to become more like Christ today.

Submitted by Austin Hill

Like the crowds who followed Jesus, we come today from different places. We’ve had different weeks, different challenges, and different joys. And yet we come united by the risen Lord Jesus, who meets us here.

We come empty, hoping to be filled.

We come to have our burdens lifted and our pain healed.

We come with what little we have, knowing that it is enough for God.

We come to be fed by the Word of Life. 

We come, and God meets us here. We do not gather alone, but with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Jacob Traeger