Call to Worship (Psalm 147)
Leader: Praise the LORD! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
People: The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Leader: He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
People: Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
ALL: The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. Praise the LORD!
Congregational Prayer for a Heart of Outreach
The time that you give to each one of us is precious time O God. In it we find a foretaste of the eternal. Thank you, Lord, for giving the human person an opportunity to find you and to be reconciled to you. Empower us by your Spirit so that we might be people who have a heart for the world. Grace our hands with kindness, our hearts with compassion, our minds with goodness, and our wills with a holy resolve. Hear our prayer O Lord and help us be mindful of the shortness of the time we have upon this earth and so to live in your presence that we might be found righteous before you. Make us instruments of your salvation and channels of your peace. We pray, O God, for others around us – that your love and wisdom may touch them – and that they too may come to know the living water of Christ which truly quenches all thirst. This we pray in the name of Jesus, the one who came to us and who even now walks with us on our journey. Amen