Call To Worship (from Psalm 119)
One: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to observe your righteous ordinances.
All: I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word. Accept my offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your ordinances.
One: Your decrees are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.
All: I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.
We thank you, God, for the Bible, which points our lives in your direction. We love the inspiring stories we find in the Scriptures. We rely on the Bible for words of encouragement and wisdom for living. At times we find the Bible confusing, boring, even shocking. Scripture tells us and our experience confirms that you are a God of peace, kindness, and boundless love. Nevertheless, we are aware that the Bible, too, can be weaponized and used for harm. Guide us with your Spirit as we read, study, and meditate on your Word. Amen.
Prayer of Dedication
God, your Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Guide and inspire us in our giving and receiving. Amen.