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Calls To Worship

Light

Adapted from Genesis 1 / John 1

In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth. The earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep.

And the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters

In the beginning God said: “let there be light,” and there was light.

And God saw that the light was good and He separated the light from the darkness.

In the beginning was life, and that life was the light of the world

And the darkness has not understood the light

The true light that gives light to everyone has come into the world

The Father, His one and only Son, and the Spirit of Truth are with us here and now

Jacob Traeger


Adapted from Genesis 32

 In the morning when the sun rises we shall praise You, O Lord.

People:  You have delivered us through every long night and given us safe passage across rivers of struggle.

Leader:  The darkness is past; the light has come.  Let us raise our song and prayer to you, O Lord, in joy.


Adapted from Psalm 27

Leader:            The Lord is our light and our salvation—

                           So why should we be afraid?

People:           The Lord is our fortress, protecting us from danger,

                        So why should we tremble?

Leader:            The one thing we ask of the Lord is to live in the house of the Lord

                          all the days of our lives.

People:          Wait patiently for the Lord.  Be brave and courageous.

                       Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

All:                 Let us worship God!

Submitted by Chip Hardwick


Adapted from Psalm 27:1-2; 4-5

The Lord is my light and my salvation—

    whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life—

    of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked advance against me

    to devour me,

it is my enemies and my foes

    who will stumble and fall.

One thing I ask from the Lord,

    this only do I seek:

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

    all the days of my life,

to gaze on the beauty of the Lord

    and to seek him in his temple.

For in the day of trouble

    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;

he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent

    and set me high upon a rock.

Stuart Strachan Jr.


Adapted from Psalm 36:5, 7-9

Pastor: Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.

All: How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Pastor: They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.

All: For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.

Submitted by Dustin Ray


 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


Adapted from Isaiah 9:2; 6-7a

Leader: The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

People: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
Leader: And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
People: Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.  He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.

Submitted by Stuart Strachan Jr.


Adapted from John 12

Leader: Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you.”

People: Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

Leader: “If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going.”

People: For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon us and His glory will appear over us.

Leader: “While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”

People: Nations shall come to our light, and kings to the brightness of our dawn.


Adapted from Matt. 5:14,16; 1 Cor. 9:23, Isa. 6:8

Jesus said: You are the light of the world. 

Let our light shine, giving glory to God. 

Do all things for the sake of the gospel. 

So may we share in the blessings of God. 

He called out: Whom shall I send? 

I answered: Here I am; send me. 

Submitted by Austin D. Hill


Adapted from John 12, assorted scriptures

Leader: Jesus said to them, “If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going.”

People: Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

Leader: “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you.”

People: For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon us and His glory will appear over us.

Leader: “While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”

People: Nations shall come to our light, and kings to the brightness of our dawn.

Leader: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

People: Then we shall see and be radiant. The sun shall no longer be our light by day, nor shall the moon give light to us by night; but the Lord will be our everlasting light, and our God will be our glory.


 Adapted from multiple scriptures on Light and Darkness

Leader: Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you.”

People: Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

Leader: “If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going.”

People: For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon us and His glory will appear over us.

Leader: “While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”

People: Nations shall come to our light, and kings to the brightness of our dawn.

Leader: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

People: Then we shall see and be radiant. The sun shall no longer be our light by day, nor shall the moon give light to us by night; but the Lord will be our everlasting light, and our God will be our glory.


Adapted from Psalm 122, Isaiah 2:3, Psalm 122:2, Isaiah 2:5

I was glad when they said to me,

“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”

Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

that we may learn God’s ways

and walk in God’s paths.

Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem

Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!

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


Arise, shine; for your light has come! The glory of the Lord has risen on you.

Jesus Christ is the light of the world. 

Nations will come to his light, and rulers will seek his radiance. 

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


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


Adapted From the Song: “Inside Out” 

A thousand times I’ve failed

Still Your mercy remains

And should I stumble again

I’m caught in Your grace

Everlasting, 

Your light will shine when all else fades. 

Never ending, 

Your glory goes beyond all fame. 

And the cry of our hearts is to bring you praise.  

Good, loving God, you are all we need, more than enough. Please show us your love today.  

Austin D. Hill, Source Material: Song: “Inside Out” by Hillsong United, Album: United We Stand, 2006.