Opening Prayer (to meditate in silence and prepare your heart for prayer)
“O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me.”
Call to Worship and Invocation Prayer – Psalm 96: 1-13
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations; his deeds among the people. Great is the Lord and worthy of praise; the Lord made the heavens. Let the heavens rejoice; let the earth be glad.
Let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them.
Then the trees will sing for joy; They will sing before the Lord. Ascribe to the Lord glory. Worship the Lord in splendor.
Holy God, speak to us,
That we might hear the good news,
And trust our lives into your hands and keeping.
May we be present now, even as you are present to us.
Eternal Friend, this is our prayer. Amen.
Song– “We Will Feast In House of Zion” by Sandra McCracken
“We will feast in the house of Zion.
We will sing with our hearts restored.
He has done great things, we will say together;
We will feast and weep no more.”
Prayer of Confession
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Words of Assurance: Isaiah 43: 25
“I, even I, am the one who blots out your transgressions…and remembers your sins no more.”
New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 NRSV
12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. 17 If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. 19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.
Prayer – Silent Prayers of Intercession (please meditate on this prayer)
Trusting that that God is the God of all.
The Light that enlightens all.
The One in whom we all live and move and have our being, We pray…
for those who are in need of physical healing and comfort.
for those who struggle emotionally and spiritually.
for those who are sacrificing for the sake of the gospel.
for those who face decisions.
for those who are difficult to love.
for those whom God has laid upon our hearts.
We remember all these into God’s care. Holy and Gracious God, Hear, oh Lord, our prayers. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Benediction: Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand…in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.