The Gift of Rest
Psalm 127 and 128
Call to Worship
The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.
Through Jesus Christ,
the God of heaven has made his home on earth.
Christ dwells among us and is one with us.
Highest of all creation,
he lives among the least.
He journeys with the rejected
and welcomes the weary.
The diseased, depressed,
dysfunctional and defeated;
God invites us into His healing
presence in faith and expectancy.
Then shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
(Based on Psalm 24:1-2, Psalm 100)
Confession of Sin
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer
Christ’s finished work on the cross has granted us peace with God.
Yet we often struggle to believe that we are justified.
Though you have given us a peace that passes all understanding,
we confess that we are prone to worry and anxiety.
Though you have prepared good works for us to walk in,
we struggle to work in the peace and rest of your goodness.
God of all grace and mercy, we confess that we live among a people
who toil night and day trusting in the work of their own hands.
And we confess that the sins of our culture have stained our hands also.
Christ have mercy and help us strive to enter the peace of your rest
Assurance of Pardon
Hear the words of Jesus and be comforted:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
The LORD bless you and keep you the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
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