Worship Resources for Hymn Sing Sunday

*Call to Worship  (Psalm 150)

Praise the LORD! Praise God the sanctuary. Praise God in the mighty firmament. 

Praise God for mighty deeds. Remember God’s surpassing greatness and praise God that much.

Praise God with trumpet sounds. Praise God with lute and harp.

Praise God with tambourine and dance. Praise God with strings and pipe.

Praise God with clanging cymbals. Praise God with loud clashing cymbals. 

Let everything that breathes praise the LORD!

ALL: Praise the LORD!

*Prayer of Dedication

God, we offer our hearts as we raise our voices in song. We thank you for accepting and blessing all our gifts. Amen.

Worship Resources–John 3:1-10

“Unless you are born from above . . .”

Call to Worship                     (from Psalm 29)                                                     

Leader: Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

People: Ascribe to the LORD the glory of God’s name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.

Leader: The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forests bare; and in God’s temple, all say, “Glory!”

People: May the LORD give us strength. May the LORD bless us with peace.

*Opening Prayer

Holy, there is so much we don’t know. We see with the eyes in our heads, but the eyes of our hearts are too often blind to the beauty before us. Clear our vision. Heal our souls. Settle our spirits on the gentle movement of the breath. Our bodies sustain themselves so beautifully and without a thought. May we open our hearts to the movement of your ongoing creation. Amen.

*Prayer of Dedication                                                          

Holy God, you give us hands to serve and hearts to bless. We offer our money. We offer our service. We offer our lives. Receive and multiply them one hundred-fold. Amen.

Worship Resources for Revelation 22:16-21

*Call to Worship  (from Psalm 46)

Leader: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

People: Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.

Leader: God says, “Be still and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations. I am exalted in the earth.”

People: The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Opening Prayer

Draw near, Lord Jesus. We welcome you among us. Touch our hearts. Heal our souls. Move us to offer you our praise. We confess we are broken and suffering. We confess we remain caught in the bonds of our own unhelpful behavior. Release us and we will praise you. Amen.

*Prayer of Dedication

Holy God, we have received the water of life as a gift. That fountain of abundance never stops flowing. What else can we do but give in return? Bless our offerings. Amen.

Worship Resources based on Psalm 121

Opening Prayer

Holy God, we look to our future and wonder where it’s all headed: climate change, shrinking churches, the ever widening gap between rich and poor becomes so great that resolving it demands ever more radical solutions. Where should we look for help? Send your Spirit. Free our minds. Draw our hearts to rest in this very moment. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication 

Holy God, as we offer our financial resources, help us examine how we invest our time and attention. Redirect our efforts toward growing your church. Amen.

Worship Resources for Pentecost C June 9, 2019

Call to Worship                                                                          (from Psalm 104)

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

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

Leader: I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

People: May my meditation be pleasing to the LORD, for I rejoice in my God.

Opening Prayer

Holy God, where can we go from your Spirit? Where can we flee from your presence? The advent of your Spirit is this very moment. Our only home is this very place. All that is required to rest in you is simply to rest. Draw our hearts here. Fill our hearts now with this breath and the next. Amen.

Worship Resource for Advent 4C: Love

*Call to Worship                                                                                              

Scripture tells us that “God is love” and if we don’t love, we don’t know God. But what is love? What does it mean to love someone? What does it mean to love God? Jesus shows us by his example. The prophet Isaiah says of that day when love shall reign supreme that “a little child shall lead them. This morning we will share the story of God’s love come to earth as a baby. And our children will lead us in telling that story. Let’s worship God!

Advent 3C, December 16, 2018. Joy!

Call to Worship                                                                                              

Here at First Congregational Church of Stamford we wish you joy. Why? Because joy is a force for positive change. Joy gives us the energy to make things right. Joy is the moment when everything comes together. And if you have that joy energy moving through your body you become contagious. You naturally share that joy. Fear is contagious, too. Fear can lead to some pretty dark places. But joy is light. Joy is healing and healthy and whole. So let’s get infected with joy this morning.