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.

Worship Resource: Mother’s Day

* Call To Worship (from Deuteronomy 32)

Leader: As an eagle stirs up her nest and hovers over her young . . .

           All: As she spreads her wings, takes them up, and bears them aloft on her pinions . . .

          Leader: God guides and protects us. She sets us atop the heights of the land . . .

          All: And nurses us with honey from the crags, and milk from the flocks.

* Gathering Prayer (Unison)

Mothering God, God of our mothers, we thank you for the gift of life and those who gave it to us. Give us the grace to embrace our mothers in all their complexity. Bless our mothering so that those who are entrusted to our care might grow healthy and strong. May they remain safe and happy long after their need for our continual care has passed. We remember those who have cared for us and are gone. May we honor their sacrifice by following their example. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication

We dedicate our lives to your service and our hearts to your worship, Holy God. Amen.