Tuesday, September 3, 2019

REsources for September 8, 2019 -- A Baptism Service using Psalm 139

Opening PRAYER
God who is always present,
we open our hearts and souls to your presence.
God who would be with us at the ends of the earth,
we give thanks for your presence.
God who made and knows us, in this time of worship,
renew us, refresh us, remind us what it means to be your children.
We pray in the name of Jesus, who taught about your love, who showed us the Way to live, and who encouraged his friends to pray saying...

Search me, O God, and now my heart; test me and know my thoughts.
You know us more deeply than we know ourselves.
See if there is any wicked way in me.
You know our capacity for love. You know our capacity for indifference.
You know our ability to serve each other. You know our ability to serve ourselves.
And lead me in the way everlasting.
Keep us, we pray, on the path of wisdom. Help us be who we were made to be.
...time of silent prayer...
The God who watched us grow in the womb is the God who is with us every day of our lives. God is there to love and to guide and to correct. God will continue to lead us in the Way everlasting.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

Here today we have worshipped.
We have prayed, we have celebrated a new life,
we have been reminded that we are made and known by the God who loves us.
Now today we go out to a world hungering for Good News.
May we help everyone we meet know that they too are wonderfully made, wonderfully known, wonderfully loved.
Go with God, who watched us grow in our mother’s womb, who is in every breath we take, who walks with us wherever life may lead.
We go with joy and thanksgiving.