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Calls To Worship

Justice

Adapted from Genesis 1

Leader:            In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,

                          Darkness was over the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

People:          Centuries before Jesus walked among us,

                        The Spirit of God was promised to him, so that he would bring justice to the nations.

Leader:            Jesus sent the Spirit of truth to teach us and give us peace.

People:          At Pentecost the Spirit came, as the rush of violent wind and tongues of fire. 

All:                  That same Spirit is among us now.  Let us worship God!

Submitted by Chip Hardwick


Adapted from Exodus 3

The Lord says, 

“I am the God of your ancestors. 

I have indeed seen the misery of my people. 

I have heard them crying out because of their oppressors. 

So I have come down to rescue them. 

And to bring them into a good and spacious land.” 

Oh Lord Almighty, 

We look to Zion, to your promise of restoration, of Shalom. Empower us to help bring about your kingdom here and now. 

Submitted by Austin D. Hill


Adapted from Isaiah 6:8-9 

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 

Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” 

And I said, “Here I am, send me!” 

And he said, “Go…” 

Lord of Hosts, you have sent us, we have said we’ll go. Please give us the courage to stand for you, to break the chains of injustice, and proclaim your Good News.  

Austin D. Hill


Adapted from Psalm 98:1-6

Sing a new song to the Lord,

who has worked wonders,

whose right hand and holy arm have brought salvation.

The Lord has made known salvation;

has shown justice to the nations;

has remembered truth and love for the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen

the salvation of our God.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth,

sing out your joy.

Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp,

with the sound of music.

With trumpets and the sound of the horn

acclaim the King, the Lord.

Prayer for Each Day. Taizé. GIA Publications, Inc., and Cassell, 1997.

© 1997, 1998, Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, 71250 Taizé Community, France.  


Adapted from Psalm 112

Leader:            Praise the Lord!  Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in God’s commands. 

People:           Their descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Leader            It is well with those who deal generously, who conduct their affairs with justice.

People:           They have given to the poor; their righteousness endures forever!

All:                  Let us worship God!

Submitted by Chip Hardwick


Adapted from Psalm 147

Leader: How good it is to sing praises to our God!

People: Great are You, Lord and mighty in power. You understand everything about each one of us. You heal the brokenhearted and bind up our wounds. You sustain the humble and delight in those who hold You in awe and put their hope in Your endless love.

Leader: Blessed are those who rely on God, who hope in God alone,

People: You uphold the cause of the oppressed and give food to the hungry. You set prisoners free, You give sight to the blind. You lift up those who are bowed down and broken. You watch over the ones who are new among us and sustain the fatherless and the widow.

Leader: Lord, show us this morning Your sufficiency, Your abundance, Your outstretched arms and our deep need to be infused and enthused with your Holy Spirit.

People: Great are You, Lord and mighty in power. You understand everything about each one of us. You heal the brokenhearted and bind up our wounds. You sustain the humble and delight in those who hold You in awe and put their hope in Your endless love.

Leader: Blessed are those who rely on God, who hope in God alone,

People: You uphold the cause of the oppressed and give food to the hungry. You set prisoners free, You give sight to the blind. You lift up those who are bowed down and broken. You watch over the ones who are new among us and sustain the fatherless and the widow.

Leader: Lord, show us this morning Your sufficiency, Your abundance, Your outstretched arms and our deep need to be infused and enthused with your Holy Spirit.


Adapted from Isaiah 51:4-6

Pastor: Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation; for a law will go out from me, and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples.

All: My righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out, and my arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands hope for me, and for my arm they wait.

Pastor: Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.

Submitted by Dustin Ray


Adapted from Isaiah 56

Leader: Thus says the Lord: “Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon My salvation will come, and My deliverance will be revealed.

People: “To those who keep My sabbath, who choose the things that please Me and hold fast My covenant, I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.

Leader: “And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to Me, to love the name of the Lord, and to be My servants…

People: “These I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

Leader: “For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Let us now worship the God of all nations, the God of all people.


Adapted from Micah 6:6, 8

Leader: With what shall we come before the Holy One, and bow ourselves before God on high?
People: God has shown us what is good.
Leader: What does the Holy One require of us,

People: but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God?


Adapted from Micah 6:6, 8

With what shall we come before the Lord

And bow down before the exalted God?

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

And what does the Lord require?

To act justly and love mercy

And to walk humbly with our God. 

God of justice, give us the courage to live for you.

Submitted by Austin D. Hill


A Call to Worship For the Tragedy in Charleston

We declare together, oh Lord
With hearts breaking, eyes weeping and souls stirring
We will continue to stand and cry and weep with our brothers and sisters
We will continue to make a place of peace for even the enemies at our table
We will continue to open our doors and our hearts to those who enter them
We will continue to seek to forgive as we have been forgiven
We will continue to love in Jesus’ name because you taught us that love conquers all

Onechurchliturgy.com


God who hears our cries and is moved by our suffering,

Speak to us a word of comfort, challenge, co-mission.

Capture our attention and call us out of our routines,

That we might catch a vision of your deliverance,

finding our place in the movement of God’s justice

Be in our worship, Lord

Quiet our resistance,

Orient us to action,

And in all things, root us in your love.

Mandy England Cole


Adapted from Multiple Scriptures

Leader:            In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,

                        Darkness was over the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

People:           Centuries before Jesus walked among us,

                        The Spirit of God was promised to him, so that he would bring justice to the nations.

Leader:            Jesus sent the Spirit of truth to teach us and give us peace.

People:           At Pentecost the Spirit came, as the rush of violent wind and tongues of fire. 

All:                  That same Spirit is among us now.  Let us worship God!