CALL TO WORSHIP
Closer and closer the day comes.
Soon the hills and valleys will ring with songs of praise.
As we prepare for the birth of a child,
as we prepare for the birth of hope,
we gather together in worship and praise
God of Advent, God of Christmas, as we prepare for the coming festival
remind us to take time for quiet amidst the noise and bustle of the season.
In our time of worship and listening this morning,
open our hearts and minds to your voice and wisdom.
We pray in the name of the child who later taught his friends to pray the words that now we sing…
PRAYER OF CONFESSION/ASSURANCE OF PARDON
God, you call us to follow The Way.
And we confess that we find it hard at times.
You lay out a set of priorities that lead to life, and that in abundance
But we have our own ideas about what is most important.
For those times when our priorities get in the way of our attempts to follow your path,
forgive us we pray.
For the days when we seem blind and deaf to the messages you are sending us.
forgive us we pray. And open us to see and hear.
…time of silent prayer…
For centuries uncounted God has sent prophets and messengers to call God’s straying people back to The Way. God is loving and forgiving. We are a forgiven people.
Thanks be to God! Amen.