Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Liturgy: First Sunday after Pentecost - Isaiah 6:1-8 (June 4, 2023)

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*Call to Worship (based on Isaiah 6:3-4)

Leader: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of heavenly forces!
People: All the earth is filled with God’s glory!
Leader: Let the building shake with our shouting!
People: Let the whole world be filled with God’s presence!
Leader: The Lord be with you!
People: And also with you!
Leader: Let us worship the Lord!

Call to Confession (based on Isaiah 6:5)

Leader: We become mournful when we realize the extent to which our sinful words and actions have dishonored our God. But we need not mourn, because we believe in God’s abundant mercy and forgiveness. Let us, then, confess our sin so that we might be reconciled to the Lord with joy.

Unison Prayer of Confession (based on Isaiah 6:8-10)

People: Exalted One, we know that we do not deserve your grace. We listen intently to your prophets, apostles, and martyrs, but we do not understand them. We look carefully for your guidance, but we don’t comprehend it. We cannot see your kindom with our eyes; we cannot hear your commandments with our ears; we cannot understand your Torah with our minds. We are unequal to the task of being the bearers of your Good News. Nevertheless, we plead: “Here I am. Send me.” Forgive us for our failings and grant us the wisdom and love that we need to serve you and your beloved people. In your mercy, hear our prayer…
(Silent prayers of personal forgiveness)

Declaration of Forgiveness (based on Isaiah 6:7)

Leader: It is through God’s action, not our own doing, that our guilt has departed, and our sin is removed. Hear the good news: in Jesus Christ, we are all forgiven!
People: Thanks be to God!

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