Worship Elements: July 2, 2017 (Option 2)

May 25th, 2017

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

COLOR: Green
SCRIPTURE READINGS: Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

People: And also with you.

Leader: Rejoice in your salvation.

People: We will sing to God who has dealt bountifully with us.

INVOCATION

Bountiful God, we voice our gratitude in prayer and song and the offering of ourselves in dedication to your church. You are saving us from our sins as we trust in Jesus Christ our Savior and worship in the Spirit. Amen

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Perfect Father, worthy Son, uniting Spirit, our love for you is not as worthy of you as it should be. Other loves compete in us for our response to your grace. Our feet have been set upon a new path of life through our baptism into Christ. We admit that we stray from that way, returning to the ways of death that should be left behind. We presume upon your grace by our sinning rather than draw upon the new life that is available to us in union with Christ Jesus. Forgive us for allowing your life and love to go so unrequited, for the sake of your devoted Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

DECLARATION OF PARDON

Pastor: Friends, hear the Good News! Remember that in baptism we were baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,

People: so that we may no longer be the slaves of sin, but alive to God.

Pastor: Friends, believe the Good News!

People: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

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Exhortation

Set your feet upon the new path of life in the company of Jesus, and leave behind the old ways of sin and death.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Divine-Human Cross-bearer and Leader, lead us away from goals that have been set by our families or ourselves, goals that are short of your purposes for us and for your whole family, that we may be worthy disciples and cross-bearers, for your sake. Amen

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Maker of covenants, we are grateful for your generous Spirit in condescending to be partners with us in human governments and enterprises. Death-accepting, to-life-returning Christ, we are thankful for the baptism you share with us that we may know the splendor that lies beyond the dominion of sin and death. Giver of rewards, we are undeserving of the attention you give to the simplest acts of humanity and generosity. We are thankful for all the promises you have made and kept, and live in hope of the completion of the new creation you have undertaken as the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Amen.

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Divine Overseer, if even a cup of water for one of your disciples does not go unnoticed, then our offerings to support your ministers and the work of your church will also be rewarded. Grant us also the share of the prophet's reward and the blessing that comes in the company of good people.

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION AND COMMEMORATION

Christ of glory, in your right hand are the stars of the churches. Save your people from having but the name of being alive. Arouse the slothful and confirm the faithful. Strengthen the good things that could die out, and may the work of your church stand the fire of testing. May your people hold fast to the truth that they have received in Christ and not defile the white robes of their baptism by disobedience to your directions.

God of the old and the young and those of middle years, may our children early come to you in faith and lifelong commitment. Sustain those who bear the burden and the heat of the day, all who must carry another's burdens as well as their own. Grant patience to those whose days are numbered, who have completed their working days and can only anticipate the service of heaven. Give them rest from their labors and an assured entry into heaven where their deeds follow them.

Enable us to keep the faith and continue their labors in the gospel while there is still time for us. To you we will come and experience a joyful reunion with our family in the household of God. And to you, O God, we ascribe glory and praise, time without end. Amen.

From Prayers for the Seasons of God's People, Copyright © 1998 by Abingdon Press

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