Wednesday, November 5, 2014

For November 16, 2014 -- Words from Isaiah

CALL TO WORSHIP
In a world of many voices...
we hear God calling us.
Seeking a place of calm, a time to hear a different voice,
we gather to worship together
And as we gather, we turn to our neighbours and greet each other with words and signs of peace...

OPENING PRAYER
God of life, we come to celebrate your presence.
here we still our lives, we pause to listen.
God of life, as we gather in this place,
move in and among us, speak to our hearts and minds.
God of hope, in this time this morning,
help us to sort out the conflicting voices in our world, help us to hear the hope and promise and peace in a world where so many talk about violence and despair and fear.
And then send us out,
to share the hope, to proclaim the promise, to work for peace and justice.
We pray in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus the Christ, who taught his friends to pray saying...

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God of Grace, in whom we live and move and have our being,
open us to your grace, fill us with your grace.
In the world there are many voices telling us of disaster or war present and to come.
It is easy to be filled with despair, to think there is no hope.
And yet there is another voice, your voice.
Reminding us of hope, calling us to trust, sharing a promise of peace.
God of Grace, through your grace,
tune our ears to your voice, help us remember that you continue to speak.
...time of silence...
God IS still speaking. God still sings the song of peace and justice, challenging us to hear through the background noise, inviting us to join in the melody and the harmony.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

COMMISSIONING:
Our time of worship ends,
our time of ministry and service continues.
Go now into the world,
to listen and to talk, to hear and to share.
Listening for God's voice among the many other voices,
sharing the love and hope of God with our neighbours
Go with God, who is still speaking to our hearts, minds and souls, words of love and power.
Keeping us strong and bold. Amen.