Urban Church Planter
Call to Worship
This is the day that you have made, Lord.
Help us to rejoice and be glad in it!
Remind us of the privileges we enjoy as your people:
to come to you in these moments,
to confess our sins,
to receive forgiveness and give it,
to pray and sing and listen,
to renew our tired spirits,
to rest in all your promises.
Open our eyes to see you, Lord.
Make your presence known by the Holy Spirit,
and help us to celebrate our faith. Amen.
-based on Psalm 118:24
Confession of Sin
Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.
Loving God, we confess before you and each other that our lives are not pure and holy
apart from the cleansing we have in the cross of Christ.
Open our eyes, that we may see your image in those around us.
Open our ears to hear and believe your words of truth.
Open our mouths, to speak good rather than evil.
Open our hands, in generosity and forgive us out clinched fists.
Open our hearts, to follow Jesus in full obedience.
Assurance of Pardon
If God is for us, who is against us?
He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us,
will he not also give us everything else with him?
Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised,
who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.
Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way,
and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless
until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24