CALL TO WORSHIP
As a baptized and baptizing community.
We gather to sing, to pray, to listen, to worship
As people who are being changed, transformed, sanctified,
We respond to God's call, we embrace the Spirit moving in our midst.
As a community of Christ-followers, we share the peace of Christ with our neighbours.
PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God of life, in our baptism,
we walk through life into death and back into life.
God of transformation, in our baptism,
you make us a new being, changing us, making us more than we were.
God of grace, in our baptism,
we are set free from the bondage of sin, we are set free to be people of life.
Transforming, Empowering, Gracious God
help us live as those who are freed from sinfulness, help us put the old ways behind us, help us live into the new people we are becoming.
...time of silent prayer...
The God whose love flowed over us with the waters of baptism, the Christ who redeems and teaches us, the Ruach who fills our lungs with the breath of life, is Gracious. God leads us through the mis-steps of life and, grace-filled, pulls us forward, transforming and sanctifying us as we grow into what is made true in our baptism. This is Good News!
Thanks be to God! Amen.