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Calls To Worship

Advent

Adapted from Isaiah 9:2

Leader: The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;

People: on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

Leader: The Light that is the Word of God, God incarnate

People: Let us worship as we wait for the newborn king!

Submitted by Stuart Strachan Jr.


Adapted from John 8:12

Leader: Jesus says to you and to me:

“I am the light of the world.

People: Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,

But will have the light of life.”

Leader: Let us fix our eyes upon the true Light as we gather in worship today.

Submitted by Austin D. Hill


Adapted from Luke 1:46b-55 (NRSV)

 “My soul magnifies the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

for the Mighty One has done great things for me,

and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him

from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,

 and lifted up the lowly;

he has filled the hungry with good things,

 and sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,

in remembrance of his mercy,

according to the promise he made to our ancestors,

to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”


Adapted from Luke 1:46-55

Pastor: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.

All: for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

Pastor: And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

All: He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.

Submitted by Dustin Ray


Adapted from John 3:17 and Psalm 46:1-3

Pastor: God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

All: His love endures forever

Pastor: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

All: His love endures forever.

Pastor: Let us worship God.  

Submitted by Dustin Ray


leader: Come, let us be about our preparations for a new advent of love among us.

people: The wastelands of life around us cannot shut out the promise of life-giving water.

leader: Hatred and warfare, injustice and suffering, are not the last word, for they are not of God.

people: We hear again the promise of peace, coming in the one who lived Shalom among all people.

leader: We see again the light God promises in the midst of our darkness.

people: We are feeling again the joy that comes through partnership in the gospel.

leader: May our worship recall us to what is centered in life; to the One who gives us breath and purpose in life.

people: We come to embrace the new advent, to be renewed in faith, hope, and love.

Ruth C. Duck Ed., Flames of the Spirit: Resources for Worship, Pilgrim Press, 1985.


 

 

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