Call to Worship & Congregational Prayer – June 3, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP (responsive)

The God who answers in a day of trouble is among us,

And, behold, it is very good!

The God who lights a candle during the night is here,

And, behold, it is very good!

(ALL) Hearts, rejoice! For peace has triumphed over trouble, and morning has broken eternal night!

 

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER (responsive)

O Heavenly Father, what is it that keeps us from recognizing you?

Often we are so full of ourselves that it’s easy to block you right out of our lives.

Maybe it’s the way we interpret Scripture that obscures the signs pointing to you.

Perhaps we are guilty of being slow of heart when we don’t recognize you in our neighbor, or in the guise of the poor or the dispossessed.

Our eyes and ears have become so crammed with the sights and sounds of living that we simply fail to see you or to recognize your voice.

(ALL) Lord Jesus, help us to empty ourselves of all that hinders our awareness of your presence with us. Fill us with the joy of knowing your continuing presence, so that, like little Samuel in the temple, we too, recognize your voice and, like the disciples, follow your calling. Amen.

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