You Will Be My Witnesses
Call to Worship
I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
love and faithfulness go before you.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
They rejoice in your name all day long;
they celebrate your righteousness.
—from Psalm 89:1-2,8, 14-16
Confession of Sin
Merciful God, in your gracious presence
we confess our sin and the sin of this world.
Although Christ is among us as our peace,
we are a people divided against ourselves
as we cling to the values of a broken world.
The profit and pleasures we pursue
lay waste the land and pollute the seas.
The fears and jealousies that we harbor
set neighbor against neighbor and nation against nation.
We abuse your good gifts of imagination and freedom,
of intellect and reason, and turn them into bonds of oppression.
Lord, have mercy upon us; heal and forgive us.
Set us free to serve you in the world
as agents of your reconciling love in Jesus Christ.
Assurance of Pardon
Through Jesus Christ forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.
In Christ we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of his grace.
—from Acts 13:38; Ephesians 1:7
Go forth in the name of the Lord.
This is God’s charge:
We should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
and love one another, just as he commanded us.
—based on 1 John 3:23