Monday, November 7, 2016

For November 13, 2016 -- The Call of Isaiah

OPENING PRAYER
God of grace and God of glory,
we gather here to open our hearts, minds, and souls to your presence.
God whose presence fills us with awe,
we sing and pray and listen, experiencing your awe-some presence.
As we worship together this morning,
remind us that we are worthy and able to be your servants.
When we leave this place this morning,
may it be with hearts that are ready to say “Here I am Lord, send me”
We pray in the name of Jesus, who reminds us that we are loved and accepted just as we are and who taught his friends to pray saying...

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God you reveal yourself in our midst,
and we tremble in fear and awe, sensing our own unworthiness.
God you ask who is willing to be sent out to the world,
and we stare at the ground, hoping we won’t be chosen.
Then God, you look deep into our souls,
seeing the pain and the fear and the possibilities.
God of grace,
clean us, take away our sense of unworthiness, steady our fearful souls
God of grace,
empower us, prepare us, and send us out ready to serve.
...time of silent prayer...
God is gracious and merciful. When we all too aware of our inadequacies and feel unworthy God sends messages of forgiveness and strength. God makes us worthy and able to live and serve.
Thanks be to God! Amen.

COMMISSIONING:
As we go out to a world of need God continues to ask “Whom shall I send?”
Here I am. Send me.
God leads us out into the world to live and serve.
We commit to share the love and hope of God in word and deed.
God with God, the One who has called you, made known as Parent, as Christ, as Spirit.
We are not alone. Thanks be to God.


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