The Destruction Of Sodom
Call to Worship
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
You put on light like clothes,
and stretch out the heavens like a tent.
He lays the beams of his house on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
he rides on the wings of the wind;
he makes his messengers winds,
his ministers a flaming fire.
The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always rebuke,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.
Praise His name forever!
-Psalm 104:1-4, Psalm 103:8-11
our sins are too heavy to carry,
too real to hide,
and too deep to undo.
Forgive what our lips tremble to name,
what our hearts can no longer bear,
and what has become for us
a consuming fire of judgment.
Set us free from a past that we cannot change;
open to us a future in which we can be changed;
and grant us grace
to grow more and more in your likeness and image;
through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.
Our Lord Jesus Christ—
truly God and at the same time truly human and truly righteous—
is the mediator who was given to set us completely free
and to make us right with God.
By the power of his divinity,
he bore the weight of God’s anger in his humanity,
restoring us to righteousness and life.
—based on Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A’s 17-18
May the God who shakes heaven and earth,
whom death could not contain,
who lives to challenge and heal us,
bless you with power to go forth and proclaim the gospel.
The grace of God be with you all, now and always.