Call to Worship
L: Jesus calls us to open our hearts to all in need.
P: We come this day to hear his words of encouragement for us.
L: Look around you. Smile at each other, for we all have need of friendship and welcome.
P: With God’s great love in our hearts, we find our welcome in this place of worship. AMEN.
Prayer of Confession
God of all creation, before time and beyond space, we admit to our human limits as we try to imagine the reign of truth that you envision for us.
When we follow worldly powers and stray from the good path you desire for all you have created, give us Jesus.
Give us Jesus, O God—not a Jesus high and lifted up, but chained and arraigned by authorities with boldness to tell the truth.
Speak through our words and deeds, that your will may be done in our time. Embolden us with the confidence that your reign will one day come.
Come, O Strong One, come. Amen.