Calls To Worship for World Communion Sunday

Adapted from Psalm 133

Leader: How good and pleasant it is when we live together in unity!

People: It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard,

Leader: Running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.

People: It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion,

All: For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.

Leader: Let us worship the Lord together.

Adapted by Darren Pollock

Adapted from Psalm 133:1, 3b

Leader: Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in unity…for there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore. Let us worship the Lord in one body and one voice. 

Submitted by Gabe Fung

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 1 Corinthians 12

Leader:            There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; and there are different ministries and the same Lord;

People:           Christ is just like the human body—a body is a unit; and all the parts of the body are one body, even though there are many parts.

Leader:            We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, or slave or free.

People:           We were all given one Spirit to drink. Come, Holy Spirit!

All:                  Let us worship God!

Submitted by Chip Hardwick

Adapted from Colossians 3:14-17

Leader: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 

All: Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 

Leader: And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 

All: Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Leader: Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 

All: And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Adapted from Ephesians 3:18,19

And I pray that you

Being rooted and established in love

Together, with all the Lord’s holy people,

To grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

And to know this love that surpasses knowledge –

That you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Lord, we echo the words of Paul’s prayer as we worship you today. Help us all to know your love.

 Submitted by Austin D. Hill

Adapted from Ephesians 4:3-6

 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

There is only one body and one Spirit,

Just as you were called to one hope when you were called;

One Lord, one faith, one baptism;

One God and father of us all,

Who is over all, and in all, and through.

Submitted by Austin D. Hill

Call to Worship Based on Psalm 67

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
The Blessed One is near
Welcoming you, welcoming all
May your grace be known
May your salvation be known
May your ways be known and embraced throughout the earth
Let the peoples praise you, O God
Let all the peoples praise you

Call to Worship Based on Psalm 67 © 2023 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com

Live Your Love

Holy Trinity, Community of Love,
Draw your children together
Across human boundaries
Across denominations
Draw us together in your creative light
Awaken us to collaboration and mutual callings
Quick to celebrate, serve, and share
Quick to live your love
Make us joyful in the ways you gift each of us
Quick to celebrate, serve, and share
Quick to live your love
Open us to unexpected invitations in unexpected places
Quick to celebrate, serve, and share
Quick to live your love
Holy Trinity, Community of Love,
Draw your children together
To honor each other
To uplift our community
To live your steadfast love

Live Your Love © 2022 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com

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.

Lord, we come before you this day as part of the human family.

Inspire us, O God; open our hearts.

We come in our diversity to catch your vision of unity.

Inspire us, O God; open our eyes.

We come to hear your challenging word of truth.

Inspire us, O God; open our ears.

We come to thank you for your gifts of beauty, joy, and hope.

O God of love, vision, and truth, we praise your blessed name.

Taken from John E. Skoglund and Nancy E. Hall, A New Manual of Worship: New Edition, Judson Press, 1993.

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

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