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Calls To Worship

The Nations

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 Psalm 86:8-10, NRSV

There is none like you, O Lord,

nor are there any works like yours.

All the nations you have made shall come

and bow down before you, O Lord,

and shall glorify your name.

For you are great and do wondrous things,

you alone are God.


Adapted from Psalm 126

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the watercourses in the Negeb.
May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.

Stuart Strachan Jr.


Adapted from Zephaniah 3:17

Leader: The prophet Zephaniah says: “The Lord, your God, is in your midst, He is mighty and will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will renew you in His love; He will exult over you with singing.”

People: Let it be known in all nations, God is our strength, God is our song and God is our salvation.

Leader: So, let us praise God and rejoice with God in song.


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 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.


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