Watchword for the Week
“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted
among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”
(Moravian Daily Texts 2013)
WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP
The Lord our King is close.
The King of Love is near.
The Prince of Peace approaches.
Make way for the One who is coming!
Hymn 279 Make way for Christ the King
(Hymn of the Month, December 2011)
PRAYER of ADORATION and CONFESSION
Gracious God, thank you for gathering us
together in this time and space.
Thank you for your great love that welcomes us.
Thank you for the comfort
of your everlasting arms.
Thank you for the guidance
of your shepherd’s staff.
Thank you for the wisdom
that created us and all creation.
Thank you for the light that
breaks through our places of darkness.
Thank you for the righteousness
that seeks out justice.
Thank you for the compassion
that tends to the suffering.
Thank you for the peace
that conquers all hostility.
Thank you for the many ways
you make yourself known to us. Amen.
Merciful God, you call us to follow where you
lead, and call us to gather together your children
to create communities of love, for you and for
our neighbour, and to attend to those in need.
We acknowledge that we have
not always followed your lead.
We have not gathered your children together.
Sometimes we have even scattered them.
We have not attended to those in need.
Sometimes we have even driven them away.
Forgive us, merciful Creator. Restore us.
As you delivered your people from their sins
in the past, deliver us again, O God. Make us
a new people, dedicated to you. Amen.
WORDS of ASSURANCE
God has shown the mercy he promised to our
ancestors. God has remembered his holy
covenant, the oath he swore to our ancestor
Abraham, to give knowledge of salvation to his
people by forgiveness of their sins; to rescue us
from everything that separates us from him,
that we might serve God without fear, in
holiness and righteousness before him all
our days. Amen.