Worship Resources, Pride Sunday, Year C

* Call To Worship (Psalm 16)

One: Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

All: The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. 

One: The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.

All: You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

* Gathering Prayer

Holy God, you are our refuge and our strength, a very present help in  trouble.  Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake at the heart of the sea. On this day when communities around the world celebrate LGBTQ pride, we pray that you will make this place a refuge for all of those who suffer discrimination, threats of violence, and shame because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. O God who looks on the heart  teach us to see as you see.  O God of boundless love, teach us to love as you love: without limits.

The Lord’s Prayer (Debts) (Unison)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

Worship Resources Trinity Sunday, Year C

Call To Worship (Psalm 150)

One: Praise the LORD! Praise God in the sanctuary; praise God in the mighty firmament! 

All: Praise God for God’s mighty deeds; praise God according to God’s surpassing greatness!

One: Praise God with trumpet sound; praise God with lute and harp! 

All: Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! 

One: Praise God with clanging cymbals; praise God with loud clashing cymbals! 

All: Let everything that breathes praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD!

Gathering Prayer

Lord of the dance, we thank you for the mystery of life. We thank you for Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit: three-in-one, one-in-three, a dance of relationship designed to confound our reasoning. Teach us to trust our bodies. Teach us to embrace our humanity. Inspire us to playful acts of creation, for we are created in your image, God. You look upon your creation with love, and, behold, it is very good. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication

Holy Mystery, we give in response to your limitless self-giving. Moment by moment you fill the universe to overflowing. We praise you for your unsurpassing greatness. Amen.

Worship Resources for Pentecost, Year C

Call To Worship (from Psalm 104)

One: O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

All: Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great.

One: There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it. These all look to you to give them their food in due season; when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand they are filled with good things.

All: I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD.

*Gathering Prayer

Holy God, we thank you for the infinite diversity of your creation. We thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to open our hearts to our intimate connection with all things. We confess that too often we live as if we’re on our own. Teach us to trust our neighbors. Teach us to love our neighbors. Teach us how to connect with our community in life-giving, life-changing ways. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication

God of infinite abundance, we are your children. Moment by moment you offer us far more than we could ask or imagine. Give us a mind attuned to extravagant provision. Amen.

Worship Resources Memorial Day/7th Sunday of Easter, Year C

Call To Worship (from Psalm 97)

One: The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the coastlands be glad!

All: Clouds and thick darkness are all around God; righteousness and justice are the foundation of God’s throne.

One: Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright of heart.

All: Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to God’s holy name.

Gathering Prayer

We thank you, God, for this opportunity to remember. We remember those who have given their lives in service to our country. We honor their sacrifice and the sacredness of their lives. We honor families and communities who grieve. Making peace begins with facing the incalculable cost of war. We celebrate the struggle for freedom. Remind us where our true freedom lies: in loving service of you and our neighbors. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication  

God of service and sacrifice we make our humble offerings out of gratitude for the countless acts of selfless devotion that make our lives possible. Amen.