Calls To Worship

For general use, specific scripture and hymns

General

Leader: Now is the time to heed the call

People: and bear witness to God’s name.

Leader: This is the place to share Christ’s love

People: and become the vessels of God’s Redeeming Word.

 

Leader[from the font]: Come, you searchers and strivers;

God is faithful to meet us at the font.

People: We long for the renewal of our faith.

Leader [from the balcony]: Come, you dreamers and doubters;

God is faithful to meet us at the font.

People: We pray for the restoration of our hope.

Leader[from the pulpit]: Come, you who are lost and lonely;

God is faithful to meet us at the font.

People: We gather for the revival of our love.

Leader [from the back]: God is faithful to meet us here,

in this place, at this time.

God is faithful.

Leader: May the God of Shiphrah and Puah,

Moses and Miriam grant us freedom.

People: Inspire us, Great God, to live and work and praise.

Leader: May the God of Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass,

Fannie Lou Hamer and Martin Luther King, Jr. grant us justice.

People. Inspire us, Great God, to live and work and praise.

Leader: May the God of Oscar Romero and Leymah Gbowee grant us peace.

People: Inspire us, Great God, to live and work and praise.

 

 

Leader: Come, Great God, into our hearts and fill them with love.

People: Come, Marvelous Creator, and lead us.

Leader: Come into our minds and fill them with peace.

People: Come, Blessed Savior, and lead us.

Leader: Come into our lives and fill them with light.

People: Come, Comforting Spirit, and lead us.

Leader: Come into our days and fill them with beauty.

Leader: Come, Wise Counselor

People: and fill us with your truth.

Leader: Come, Mighty Advocate

People: and fill us with your hope.

Leader: Come, Holy Comforter

People: and fill us with your peace.

 

 

Leader: Come, Holy Spirit, and shine the light of hope on us.

People: Come, Holy Spirit, and shine the light of love in us.

Leader: Come, Holy Spirit, and shine the light of peace through us

People: that the world may see,

Leader: that all people may know

People: the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 

Leader: You, O Christ, are among us and we are called by your name

People: To be the people of a big-hearted God.

Leader: You, O Christ, are among us and we are called by your name

People: To be the congregation of a great grace for all.

 

 

Leader: Come, whether near or far away, for the anointing.

People: We are citizens of the commonwealth of hope.

Leader: Come, whether you are friends or strangers, for the blessing.

People: We are members of the household of peace.

Leader: Come, insiders and outcasts,

doubters and dissenters,

searchers and sinners,

God is calling you

People: into the one new humanity of Jesus Christ.

 

Specific Sundays

[World Communion Sunday]

 

Leader: Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God.

People: From north and south,

from east and west we come

to sit at the table of grace.

Leader: Sisters and brothers, this is the celebration of our unity in Christ.

People: From city streets and private places,

from mansions and shelters

we come to kneel at the foot of the cross.

Leader: We gather as the broken and raised body of Christ in this place,

united in his Spirit with believers in every place.

People: Thanks be to you, O God, for this invitation;

thanks be to you, O Christ, for this banquet;

thanks be to you, O Spirit, for this life together.

Amen.

 

[for first Sunday of Lent]

Leader: Bless to us, O God,

People: the earth beneath our feet,

the path on which we go,

the people with whom we meet.

Leader: Bless to us, O God,

People: each thing our eyes see,

each sound our ears hear.

Leader: Bless to us, O God,

People: each odor that goes to our nostrils,

each taste that passes our lips.

Leader: Bless to us, O God,

People: the journey we begin

Leader: with Christ beside us,

Christ behind us,

Christ beneath us,

and Christ above us to show us the way.

People: Amen.

 

[All Saints Sunday]

Leader: People will come from east and west,

People: from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of heaven.

Leader: Rejoice with the saints of God, today and all days;

People: In loving and living we join them in praising the self-giving God.

 

Based on Scripture

 

[Romans 6]

Leader: In the name of Jesus we are accepted and embraced.

People: Dying, Christ destroyed our death.

Rising, Christ restored our life.

Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Leader: In the name of Jesus we are forgiven and freed.

People: Dying, Christ destroyed our death.

Rising, Christ restored our life.

Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Leader: In the name of Jesus let us sing the everlasting song.

 

[Romans 8]

Leader: Come and let the Spirit enfold you in God’s love.

People: Abba, Father, we cry to you.

Leader: Come and let the Spirit empower you with God’s strength.

People: Abba, Father, we cry to you.

Leader: Come and let the Spirit enliven you with God’s joy.

 

[John 11]

Leader: Leave behind your faults and failures.

People:   Christ calls us to live again.

Leader: Leave behind your isolation and indifference.

People: Christ calls us to love again.

Leader: Leave behind your discouragement and disappointments.

People: Christ calls us to hope again.

 

Based on Hymns

 

[Christ is Risen]

Leader: Christ is risen!

People: Hosanna! Christ is risen, indeed!

Leader: Raise your voices and celebrate with all creation.

People: Hosanna! The risen Christ is with us!

Leader: Raise your spirits and celebrate that God the First and Last is with us.

People: Hosanna! The Spirit of the risen Christ is in us!

 

[Come, Christians, Join to Sing]

Leader, Come, lovers of God, join to sing.

People: Alleluia! Amen!

Leader: Come, friends of Jesus, lift your hearts on high. Join the celebration!

People: Alleluia! Amen!

 

[From All that Dwell Below the Skies]

Leader: In every land

People: we sing the Creator’s praise!

Leader: To every land

People: we raise the Redeemer’s name!

 

[For the Beauty of the Earth]

Leader: Raise your hymn of grateful praise to God:

People: Midwife of beauty, Mother of creation, Womb of grace.

Leader: Raise your hymn of grateful praise to God:

People: Composer of joy, Author of delight, Sculptor of happiness.

Leader: To you, O Gift Divine, we sing our hymn of grateful praise.

 

[From All that Dwell Below the Skies]

Leader: In every land

People: we sing the Creator’s praise!

Leader: To every land

People: we raise the Redeemer’s name!

 

[God Whose Love is Reigning O’er Us]

Leader: Join the universal chorus and raise the joyful praise:

People: Alleluia! Alleluia!

Leader: Lift your voices in the song of faith:

People: Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

[God of Love and God of Power]

Leader: The God of love,

the God of power

has called us for this hour

People: to serve willing hands!

Leader: The God of love,

the God of power

has called us for this hour

People: to sing with joyful hearts!

Leader: Come and let us offer our lives for the cause of Christ.

People: Alleluia! Amen!

 

[God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens]

Leader: [Let us] thank God for the radiance of stars and the marvels of atoms.

People: Guide us, Great Creator, until our goals and yours are one.

Leader: [Let us] thank God for the insights of scientists and the skills of engineers.

People: Guide us, Great Creator, until our goals and yours are one.

Leader: [Let us] thank God for the invitation to discover and the inspiration to learn.

People: Guide us, Great Creator, until our goals and yours are one.

 

[Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah]

Leader: Come and walk the journey of faith with all who hunger for God.

People: Bread of Heaven feed us now.

Leader: Come and find the peace of Christ who conquers all our fears.

People: Strong Deliverer, be our strength and shield.

Leader: Come and sing the Spirit’s song who leads us into freedom.

People: Songs of praises we give to you. O Great God, lead us on.

 

[Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise]

Leader: This is the day of the Risen Christ.

People: Alleluia!

Leader: Claim the victory of our Savior who conquered death and sin.

People: Alleluia!

Leader: Celebrate the eternal love of the King of glory.

People: Alleluia! Amen!

 

[Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty]

Leader: With brothers beside us and sisters surrounding us, we sing:

People: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Leader: With wanderers discovering and wonderers delighting, we sing:

People: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Leader: With babies at the breast and the dying on their bed, we sing:

People: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Leader: With angels rejoicing and martyrs celebrating, we sing:

People: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!          

 

[How Can We Name a Love]

Leader: O Love Divine awaken our hearts

People: to see you in every human face.

Leader: O Love Divine awaken our minds

People: to know you through every act of caring.

 

[How Great Thou Art]

Leader: For blue whales and fire flies,

starry nights and coral reefs

People: we will sing about the greatness of God’s creation.

Leader: For Jesus who loved the sinner

and laughed with the outcast

People: we will shout about the greatness of God’s salvation.

Leader: For death not having the last word,

for grace is the everlasting word

People: we will proclaim the greatness of God’s hope.

 

[Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty]

Leader: With brothers beside us and sisters surrounding us, we sing:

People: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Leader: With wanderers discovering and wonderers delighting, we sing:

People: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Leader: With babies at the breast and the dying on their bed, we sing:

People: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Leader: With angels rejoicing and martyrs celebrating, we sing:

People: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

 

[I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath]

Leader: For the sky and earth and seas

People: I’ll praise my Maker with every breath.

Leader: For hope and help in times of distress

People: I’ll praise my Maker with every breath.

Leader: And when I draw my final breath

People: I’ll praise my Maker forevermore.

 

[Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee]

Leader: Earth and heaven delight in Your presence.

People: We adore You, God of glory, Lord of love!

Leader: Stars and angels surround You with unbroken praise.

People: We adore You, God of glory, Lord of love!

Leader: God of glory, Lord of love:

unite us with Your mighty chorus,

and lift us to Your joy divine.

 

[Leaning on the Everlasting Arms]

Leader: No matter who you are or where you’ve been,

What you’ve done or how you feel,

Jesus’ arms are open wide and he invites you in.

People: Alleluia! Amen!

 

[Love Divine, All Loves Excelling]

Leader: Come, Love Divine, and dwell in our hearts.

People: Breathe, O breathe your loving Spirit in us.

Leader: Come, Almighty One, and deliver us.

People: Breathe, O breathe your loving Spirit in us.

Leader: Come, Joy of Heaven, and finish your new creation in us.

 

[Love Divine, All Loves Excelling]

Leader: We seek the love divine in Jesus Christ

who awakens us to life.

People: Joy of heaven, come and dwell in us.

Leader: We seek the love divine in Jesus Christ

who unites us in peace.

People: Joy of heaven, come and dwell among us.

Leader: We seek the love divine in Jesus Christ

who completes us in glory.

People: Joy of heaven, come:

restore our faith,

reconcile our hearts, and

renew the earth in Jesus Christ.

 

[Maker in Whom We Live]

Leader: We were created out of God’s pure delight.

People: Glory, power and praise to our Maker!

Leader: We are saved by God’s tenacious love.

People: Glory, power and praise to Christ!

Leader: We will be united in God’s enduring hope.

People: Glory, power and praise to the Spirit!

Leader: Let all the hosts above and all on earth below

proclaim the glory, power and praise of the Eternal, Triune God!

 

[Morning Has Broken]

Leader: New every morning is the delight of the Creator.

People: Praise for the singing, praise for the morning!

Leader: New every morning is the harmony of the Word.

People: Praise for the sweetness, praise for the morning!

Leader: New every morning is the life of the Spirit.

People: Praise for our Maker, praise for this new day!

 

[Now Thank We All Our God]

Leader: Let us give thanks to God with heart and hands and voices

People: who has blessed us with countless gifts of love.

Leader: Let us give thanks to God with heart and hands and voices

People: who graced us with joy and peace.

Leader: All praise and thanks to the one eternal God

who was and is and shall be evermore.

 

[O God, Our Help in Ages Past]

Leader: O God, our help in ages past

People: shelter us in the house of mercy.

Leader: O God, our help in ages past

People: guide us to the home of endless love.

 

[O Worship the King]

Leader: O Children of Dust, tell of God’s might:

People: Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days!

Leader: O Children of the Divine, sing of God’s praise:

People: Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer and Friend!

 

[O For a Thousand Tongues]

Leader: Come and sing our Great Redeemer’s praise!

People: Jesus Christ is our life and health and peace.

Leader: Come and sing the glories of our God and King!

People: Jesus Christ breaks the power of sin and sets the prisoners free.

Leader: Come and sing the triumphs of God’s grace!

People: Jesus Christ died and rose for me.

 

[O Spirit of the Living God]

Leader: O Light divine, descend upon your church and show us the way.

People: Come, Holy Spirit, come and fill us with your love.

Leader: O Fire divine, descend upon your church and rekindle our faith.

People: Come, Holy Spirit, come and fill us with your joy.

Leader: O Wind divine, descend upon your church and renew our lives.

People: come, Holy Spirit, come and fill us with your power.

 

[Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven]

Leader: Like a father, God faithfully leads us and protects us.

People: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the God of grace.

Leader: Like a mother, God gently bears us and rescues us.

People: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the God of grace.

 

[Praise to the Lord Who Reigns Above]

Leader: Come and sing praise to the holy God of love.

People: Praise the Lord!

Leader: Come and celebrate the God in whom we live and move and breathe.

People: Praise the Lord!

Leader: Let every creature give glory to our Maker.

People: Praise the Lord!

 

[Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above]

Leader: Sing praise to God whose power and love sustain us.

People: To God all praise and glory!

Leader: Sing praise to god our Mother who gently leads us.

People: To God all praise and glory!

Leader: Let all people sing praise and glory to the God of our salvation!

 

 

[Rejoice in God’s Saints]

Leader: People will come from east and west,

People: from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of heaven.

Leader: Rejoice with the saints of God, today and all days;

People: In loving and living we join them in praising the self-giving God.

 

[Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart]

Leader: Rejoice, pilgrims of God, give thanks and sing!

People: With the rising of the sun we shout Hosanna!

Leader: Rejoice, servants of Christ, give thanks and sing!

People: With the shining of the moon we will sing Alleluia!

Leader: Rejoice, midwives of the Spirit, give thanks and sing!

People: At our birth and at the grave we rejoice in Christ, our beginning and our end!

 

 

[To God be the Glory]

Leader: Let the people rejoice for the forgiveness we have received through Jesus Christ.

People: To God be the glory!

Leader: Let the people rejoice for the new life we are receiving in Jesus Christ.

People: To God be the glory!

Leader: Let the people rejoice for the glory we will receive because of Jesus Christ.

People: To God be the glory! Amen!

 

[We Gather Together]

Leader: Gather together you doubters and dreamers,

you cynics and schemers,

you would-be saints and wild-eyed sinners.

People: O Lord, bless us now!

Leader: Come together you people with heavy burdens and broken spirits,

with timid souls and worried looks,

with lonely hearts and checkered pasts.

People: O Lord, make us free!

 

[We Believe in One True God]

Leader: With all creatures great and small, praise the Blest and Holy Trinity

People: for the delight of creation and the gift of life.

Leader: With the saints and angels in heaven, praise the Blest and Holy Trinity

People: for Mary’s Son who rescued us from the misery of sin.

Leader: With believers around the world, praise the Blest and Holy Trinity

People: for the Spirit who upholds and comforts us in our needs.

 

[Ye Servants of God]

Leader: Gather together, you servants of God and let the Creator guide our footsteps.

People: Alleluia! We serve the living God! Alleluia, amen!

Leader: Work together, you servants of God and let Christ use our hands.

People: Alleluia! We serve the living God! Alleluia, amen!

Leader: Sing together, you servants of God and let the Spirit rule in our hearts.

People: Alleluia! We serve the living God! Alleluia, amen!

 

[Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones]

Leader: O seraphim and cherubim,

dominions and powers,

angels and archangels cry out:

People: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Leader: O patriarchs and prophets,

matriarchs and midwives,

saints and seekers cry out:

People: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Leader: Alleluia to God the Father,

God the Son,

God the Spirit,

Three in One!

 

 

 

 

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