The Miracle at Pentecost
Call to Worship
Lord, you laid the earth’s foundations;
you placed its cornerstone;
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy
you set limits for the sea and said,
“This far and no further!”
You gave orders to the morning and showed the dawn its place;
you moulded the earth until it took shape.
You alone know the springs of the sea;
you alone comprehend the vastness of the universe;
you alone know the laws of heaven:
Holy and awesome God, meet us now in this time of worship.
Receive our praise and hear our prayers by your grace.
Give wisdom to our hearts and understanding to our minds.
Confession of Sin
you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you.
We humbly confess our sins and ask your mercy.
We have not loved you with a pure heart,
nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves.
We have not done justice, loved kindness,
or walked humbly with you, our God.
Have mercy on us, O God, in your loving-kindness.
In your great compassion, cleanse us from our sin.
Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us.
Do not cast us from your presence, or take your Holy Spirit from us.
Restore to us the joy of your salvation and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Who can separate us from the love of Christ?
Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
—based on Romans 8:35, 37-39
The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
Peace be with you all.
And also with you.