The Generous Father
Call to Worship
Long ago, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets;
now God has spoken to us by a son.
God made the world through the Son,
who has been appointed heir of all things
and the perfect reflection of God’s glory.
The son is the exact representation of God’s being,
sustaining all things by his powerful word.
Praise God for the gift of the son.
We welcome the light of the world!
-based on Hebrews 1:1-3
Confession of Sin
God of all nations, we praise you that in Christ the barriers that have separated humanity are torn down. You have adopted us into an international family with brothers and sisters from every nation. Yet we confess our slowness to open our hearts and minds to people of other lands, tongues, and races.
Deliver us from the sins of fear and prejudice, that we may move toward the day when all are truly one in Jesus Christ.
Assurance of Pardon
In him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.
He was in the world, and the world was created through him, and yet the world did not recognize him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
May the light of the glorious gospel of Christ shine in our hearts, transform our lives, and brighten the world. And the Blessing of God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, rest upon you always.