CALL TO WORSHIP/OPENING PRAYER
On a First Day God said “Let There Be Light!”
and time began.
On a First Day God raised Jesus of Nazareth from death
and the world was changed.
On this First Day we gather together for worship
and we wonder what new beginnings lie in store.
O Day of God draw nigh!
Our hearts yearn for the coming of the promised Reign of Peace and Justice.
In this time of worship,
reawaken the hope in our hearts, refocus our vision on the new earth that is to come.
And when our worship is ended,
send us back out to live as if the Reign of God is real in our lives and in our hearts.
This we pray in the name of the One whose name we bear, Christ, who taught his friends to pray saying...
PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
Creator of Life, Giver of Hope, we live in anticipation, praying “Thy Kingdom come”
and yet we are anxious about the changes that Kingdom will bring.
We live in hope for the possibilities of your Kingdom,
and yet we would rather it come without us having to give up, without us having to change.
For those times we slide, those times we actively work against the in-breaking of your Kingdom
offer us the grace to make different choices, help us to learn through trial and error how best to be your people.
...time of silent prayer...
Hear the words of hope revealed to John of Patmos:
“See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes... “See, I am making all things new.”... I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.
Through the grace of God we continue to move forward, learning and growing. Thanks be to God! Amen