The Beginning of Wisdom
Call to Worship
Shout for joy to God, all the earth.
Sing the glory of his name.
Give to him glorious praise!
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
All the earth worships you and sings praises to you.
They sing praises to your name.”
Come and see what God has done.
He is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
Bless our God, O peoples.
Let the sound of his praise be heard.
— Psalm 66: 1-5, 8
Our Father in heaven, we thank you
that you have led us into the light.
We thank you for sending the Savior to call us from death to life.
We confess that we were dead in sin before we heard his call,
but when we heard him, like Lazarus, we arose.
But, O Father, the grave clothes bind us still.
Old habits that we cannot throw off,
old customs that are so much a part of our lives
that we are helpless to live the new life that Christ calls us to live.
Give us strength, O Father, to break the bonds;
give us courage to live a new life in you;
give us faith to believe that with your help we cannot fail.
All this we ask in the name of the Savior
who has taught us to come to you.
Christ, have mercy on us.
You’re Wonderful (Psalm 139)
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Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. What the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Thanks be to God!
We are free in Christ!
Let us never grow weary of doing what is right!
We will go to seek justice for all of God’s children.
Let us not tire of leading others to the kingdom!
We will go to follow Jesus’ example of reconciling all to God.
Let us not give up speaking words of hope and peace.
We will go to sow the Spirit’s seed of life and hope.