Worship Resources for Transfiguration Sunday Year A

Opening Prayer                                                                                     

Unspeakable God our words fail us. We go about our ordinary lives mostly unaware of your presence. Then suddenly you shine through, and we are dumbstruck. We’re embarrassed by our confusion, but you respond with love. This is how it is. This is our confession: you come to us, share our common lot, and invite us to join the people of your new age. Our trembling hearts answer “Yes.” So let it be.

Prayer of Dedication                                                                            

Holy God, we dedicate our lives and our offerings to your glory. Amen.

Worship Resources for Epiphany 6A based on Matthew 5:21-37

Call to Worship                                                                                      

Jesus said, “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.”

Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

We do our best to love others.

Sometimes we become angry, even with those we love.

Holy God, teach us how to handle anger.

Teach us how to speak the truth in love.

Prayer of Dedication                                                                            

Holy God, we dedicate our offerings in service of love and justice. Amen.

Worship Resources for the 5th Sunday of Epiphany, Year A, 2-9-20

Opening Prayer

Loving God, as children we learn to ask Why? Why is the sky blue? Why do ducks quack? Why do I have to go to bed? Why do I have to share my toys? “Why” is how we learn about our world and our place in it. God of “Why,” you have told us that unless we become like one of these little children, we will not enter your kingdom. Teach us to never stop asking Why. Teach us to never stop trusting your answer. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication     

We dedicate our gifts and our lives to your holy purpose, O God. Amen.

Worship Resources for 2-2-20

*Opening Prayer

God of unconditional love, you tell us that heaven is a banquet where everyone has a place at the table. We look forward to that banquet in the world to come. But what if we could taste it right here, right now? What if we lived that reality today? What if we experienced that unbounded joy? It seems impossible, but you tell us that with you, all things are possible. We confess we live too much in our worries and fears. We worry that if more people join us at the table, there may not be room for us. We’re afraid that someone might take our place. Teach us a deeper truth. Teach us the reality that your love is limitless and that as we share it we will see that there is room at the table for everyone. Give us the tools to love people in the ways they need not the ways we would prefer because we know that love is the highest worship. Amen.

*Prayer of Dedication                                                          

We dedicate our offerings to the work of making room at the table so that more and more our earthly reality might reflect the heavenly one. Amen.

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.