Power and Witness
Call to Worship
The Lord reigns! He is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed, enveloped in strength.
The world is firmly established;
it cannot be shaken.
Your throne has been established from the beginning;
you are from eternity.
The floods have lifted up, Lord,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their pounding waves.
Greater than the roar of a huge torrent—
the mighty breakers of the sea—
the Lord on high is majestic.
Lord, your testimonies are completely reliable;
holiness adorns your house
for all the days to come.
Confession of Sin
Lord Jesus Christ, you came to serve.
As you came to a blind man and gave him sight,
come to us in our darkness
and show us the things we cannot see.
As you came to a man tormented in his mind
and gave him peace and healing,
come to us in our tensions and make us whole.
As you came to Lazarus, who was dead,
and brought him from the grave,
come to us in our deadness and bring us to real life
now with our living Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, you came not to be served but to serve.
But we see life the other way round:
to get where we do not give,
to exploit whom we have not helped,
to use what we have not earned.
As you came to a dying thief and promised him paradise,
come to us now in forgiveness and give us hope.
In your name, Lord, we pray.
Assurance of Pardon
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus—he has inaugurated for us a new and living way through the curtain (that is, through his flesh). Since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since he who promised is faithful.
Let us go now in the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Let us watch out for one another and provoke one another to love and good works until we meet again.
Peace be with you!
And also with you!