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Using a Confession of Sins as a Call to Worship

A Call to Worship
Today Your Mercy Calls Us

This is a guest post, written by Pastor Michael Zarling of Epiphany Lutheran Church located in Racine WI. This confession of sins serves as a Call to Worship and was written for use on the seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost. Consider adding CW339 (Today Your Mercy Calls Us) in your list of hymns for the day. You can either have the worship leader read the poetic hymn verses noted below or have the worship team play the hymn softly in the background during the readings and have the congregation sing the verses as they appear.

M: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
C: And also with you.

Today your mercy calls us; To wash away our sin.
However great our trespass; Whatever we have been.
However long from mercy; Our hearts have turned away.
Your precious blood can wash us; And make us clean today.

CONFESSION OF SINS

M: God invites us to come into his presence and worship him with humble and penitent hearts. Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask him to forgive us.

C: Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful, and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

M: God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son (+) and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Today your gate is open; And all who enter in.
Shall find a Father’s welcome; And pardon for their sin.
The past shall be forgotten; A present joy be given,
A future grace be promised; A glorious crown in heaven.

LORD, HAVE MERCY
Kyrie

M: Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to a sinner’s baptism,
C: have mercy on me, a sinner.
M: Lord Jesus Christ, giving your body and blood to be eaten and drunk,
C: have mercy on me, a sinner.
M: Lord Jesus Christ, trampling down death by death,
C: have mercy on me, a sinner.
M: Lord Jesus Christ, sanctifying our graves by lying in a tomb,
C: have mercy on me, a sinner.
M: Lord Jesus Christ, harrowing hell and releasing the prisoners,
C: have mercy on me, a sinner.
M: Lord Jesus Christ, rising in victory over death and corruption,
C: have mercy on me, a sinner.

M: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade– kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)

Today our Father calls us; His Holy Spirit waits.
His blessed angels gather; Around the heavenly gates.
No question will be asked us; How often we have come.
Although we oft have wandered; It is our Father’s home.

O all-embracing Mercy; O ever-open Door.
What should we do without you; When heart and eye run over?
When all things seem against us; To drive us to despair.
We know one gate is open; One ear will hear our prayer.

A Call to Worship that teaches about Worship

A Call to Worship that teaches about Worship

M: Worship is for God and God alone.
C: He alone is worthy of our worship.

M: God is the Initiator of the worship relationship.
C: God seeks worshippers like us.

M: It is God’s desire to tabernacle among His people.
C: God is enthroned on the praises of His people.

M: God is to be worshiped for Who He is, for what He does, for what He has already done, and for what He promises to do in the future.
C: God speaks to us believers through the written Word.

M: Worship should be made a priority for the believer.
C: We strive to worship God in spirit and in truth.

The cross we bear precedes the crown we wear – Martin Luther King Jr.

A Call to Worship based on the Beatitudes

A Call to Worship based on the Beatitudes

M:        This is a call to all those who are poor in spirit,
C:        for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

M:        This is a call to all those who mourn,
C:        for they will be comforted.

M:        This is a call to all those who are meek,
C:        for they will inherit the earth.

M:        This is a call to all those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
C:        for they will be filled.

M:        This is a call to all those who are the merciful,
C:        for they will be shown mercy.

M:        This is a call to all those who are the pure in heart,
C:        for they will see God.

M:        This is a call to all those who are the peacemakers,
C:        for they will be called sons of God.

M:        This is a call to all those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
C:        for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

M:        Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me (Jesus). 

- Based on Matthew 5:3-12

Here’s some incredible music based on these passages to go along with the reading:

Matt Maher – “Unwavering”

Michael Schroeder – “The Beatitudes”
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-witness/id30841673
http://www.newsongministries.info/ms-site/lyrics/A%20Witness/Beatitudes.html


“Blessed To Be A Blessing” by Michael Schmid (ref Mt 5:1-16):
http://www.truevinemusic.com/blessed_to_be_a_blessing.htm

“Blest Are They” (CWS 758)
“Jesus Sat With His Disciples”(CWS 763)

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

Chosen!

Chosen!

M: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. (Jn 15:16 – The words of Jesus)

M: Though we are small in number; we are indeed a chosen people.
C: The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. (Dt 7:6)

M: You have all been chosen and predestined according to His will.
C: In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will (Eph 1:11)

M: We ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. (2 Thess 2:13)
C: When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? (Ps 8:3-4)

Note how the pronouns fit in this next part.

M: You are a chosen people,
C: we are a royal priesthood,
M: (You are) a holy nation,
C: We are people belonging to God,
M: You may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)
C: Praise be to God.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of International Bible Society

A Gathering Litany – Revisited

A Gathering Litany – Revisited

Here’s an example of what worship leaders do and how they put things together for use in the church.  You will note that the three contributors from this post live thousands of miles apart.  Today’s technology is amazing.  Thank you God.

Several months ago I posted a gathering litany for use as an opening to worship.  Heidi Martz, the organist and keyboard player at “Lamb of God” Lutheran Church located in Phoenix, AZ wrote to me to let me know that they are using the Gathering Litany in a special way.  They have combined my responsive reading with the singing of Tim Bode’s arrangement of “God, Himself is Present” (CW 224).  This is a very powerful and effective combination of music, song lyrics, and responsive reading to prepare God’s people for gathered worship.

Here’s how Lamb of God combined the two:

Musicians play softly in the background during the responsive reading:

P:         God is uniquely present as we gather to worship Him this morning.
C:        He is present in His sanctuary.
P:         He is present where two or more have gathered in His name.
C:        He is present to edify.
P:         He is present to save the lost.
C:        He is present to restore.
P:         He is present to open blind eyes.
C:        He is present to make friends from enemies.
P:         He is present to soften the hard-hearted.
C:        He is present to give life to the soul that is dead.

Congregation sings verse 1 to guitar/keyboard accompaniment
Musicians continue to play softly in the background during the responsive reading:

P:         He is present to welcome the prodigal and the lost back home.
C:        He is present to bless the poor in spirit.
P:         He is present to bless those who mourn.
C:        He is present to bless the meek.
P:         He is present to bless the merciful.
C:        He is present to bless the persecuted.
P:         He is present to feed those who hunger and give living water to all who thirst.
C:        He is present to forgive.
P:         He is present to love.
C:        He is present to build us up

Congregation sings verse 2 to guitar/keyboard accompaniment

Tim Bode is the Minister of Music at Christ the King Lutheran Church located in Southgate MI.

Check out his website at this link:

http://timbode.musicaneo.com/sheetmusic/

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The Rainbow

It came from nowhere,
As it stretched across the expansive sky
A refractive dispersion of sunlight mist
As glorious arched as it was high.

The heavens opened up,
As it poured on that sunny day.
It surely stopped me in my tracks,
As I tried to stroll along my way.

Noah would have been pleased,
As I stood in silence; with a strange feeling of peace.
Just to witness this breath-taking sight,
Which one day ended a horrific 40 day plight.

Our steps are indeed ordered,
For only within minutes, could I adore.
This magnificent mist, and sign from God,
That He would flood the earth no more.

Let Us Worship Together

Let Us Worship Together

(a Call to Worship)

M:        Praise the LORD.
C:        I will extol the LORD with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. – Ps 111:1

M:        Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another. – Hebrews 10:24-25
C:        Let us worship together.

M:        When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.  All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church. – 1 Corinthians 14:26
C:        Let us worship together.

M:        They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.  Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. – Acts 2:42-47
C:        Let us worship together.

M:        Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. – 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
C:        Let us worship together.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

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A Gathering Litany

A Gathering Litany

P:         God is uniquely present as we gather to worship Him this morning.
C:        He is present in His sanctuary.
P:         He is present where two or more have gathered in His name.
C:        He is present to edify.
P:         He is present to save the lost.
C:        He is present to restore.
P:         He is present to open blind eyes.
C:        He is present to make friends from enemies.
P:         He is present to soften the hard-hearted.
C:        He is present to give life to the soul that is dead.
P:         He is present to welcome the prodigal and the lost back home.
C:        He is present to bless the poor in spirit.
P:         He is present to bless those who mourn.
C:        He is present to bless the meek.
P:         He is present to bless the merciful.
C:        He is present to bless the persecuted.
P:         He is present to feed those who hunger and give living water to all who thirst.
C:        He is present to forgive.
P:         He is present to love.
C:        He is present to build us up

Come Let Us …

Come Let Us …

A call to worship based on Psalms 95 and 66:

Minister:            Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; – Psalm 95:6
Women:          Come, let us rejoice in him. – Psalm 66:6b
Men:               Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. -Psalm 95:1

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

Set List for blended worship on Sept 11 (Pentecost 13):

Pre-Service:                 “Healer” by Mike Guglielmucci
Opening Song:            “As the Deer” (BOB 12)
Response to the Forgiveness of Sins: Te Deum (GIA)
Psalm of the Day:       Psalm 133 & 134 with “Let the Walls Fall Down” (BOB 144)
HOTD:                        “By Faith” by  Keith Getty, Kristin Getty & Stuart Townend
Offertory:                    “My Savior, My God” by Aaron Shust
Closing Song:              “Go Out as People of God” by Gloria Lien (BOB 69)

BOB is the songbook titled “Best of the Best in Contemporary Praise and Worship”

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