The Lord’s Prayer
Call to Worship
Praise the Lord.
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
How pleasant and fitting to praise him!
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
Lord, we come before you weary of the hatred and violence we continue to see in your creation.
Division over politics, race, and ideals for the world is a seed of sin sown deeply into the world around us.
Lord, have mercy and deliver us from evil.
We lament specifically the shootings in the synagogue in Pittsburgh this week.
We ask that our hearts feel the weight of such tragedies, and we pray for the families and communities closest to the violence.
Christ, have mercy and bring your peace.
Lord, we also recognize that the sin that causes hatred and violence has roots in our own hearts.
We confess that it is only by your grace that we can love our neighbor as ourselves.
Father, remind us that our true enemy is not one that we can see, or vote against, or marginalize, for our true enemy is spiritual darkness.
With our eyes set on Jesus, and drawing strength from the Holy Spirit, let us walk in the light and give hope to our world. Amen.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
-1 Corinthians 15:54-57
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. Go now, rejoicing in the confidence of this hope until we meet again.
-1 Peter 1:3-6