The Providence Of God
Call to Worship
God is famous throughout the world;
He has broken the fiery arrows of the enemy,
the shields and swords and weapons of war.
LORD, You are glorious and more majestic
than the highest mountains.
No wonder you are greatly feared!
Who can stand before you when you are angry?
From heaven you sentenced your enemies;
the earth trembled and stood silent before you.
You stand up to judge those who do evil
and to rescue the oppressed of the earth.
Let everyone bring offerings to the Awesome One.
For he breaks the pride of princes,
and the kings of the earth fear him.
-From Psalm 76
Confession of Sin
Our Father, forgive us for thinking small thoughts of you
and for ignoring your immensity and greatness.
Lord Jesus, forgive us when we forget that you rule
the nations and our small lives.
Holy Spirit, we offend you in minimizing your power
and squandering your gifts.
We confess that our blindness to your glory, O triune God,
has resulted in shallow confession,
tepid conviction, and only mild repentance.
Have mercy upon us.
In Jesus’ name.
Assurance of Pardon
Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the offenses of your people?
You do not stay angry forever,
but delight to show your mercy.
Once again you have compassion on us.
You tread our sins underfoot
and hurl our transgressions into the depths of the sea.
The Lord’s Supper
Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God!
People will come from east and west,
from north and south,
and sit at table in the kingdom of God.
When our risen Lord was at table with his disciples,
he took the bread, and blessed and broke it,
and gave it to them.
Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him.
This is the Lord’s table.
Our Savior invites those who trust him
to share the feast that he has prepared.
—based on Luke 13:29; 24:30-31
May the love of God enfold us.
May the grace of God uphold us.
May the power of God set us free
to love and serve all God’s people.
Now to God, who by the means of the power working in us
is able to do so much more than we can ask or even think,
to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all times,
for ever and ever.