Sunday, November 20, 2022

Liturgy: Swords Into Plowshares - Isaiah 1:10-20; 2:1-5 (November 20, 2022)

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Call to Worship

Leader: A day will come when all nations will say,
People: “Come, let us go up to the Lord’s Mountain, so that he may teach us his ways.”
Leader: But we come before God now, seeking instruction from God’s Word.
People: Come, house of Jacob. Let us walk by the Lord’s light!
Leader: The Lord be with you!
People: [Respond with indicated gesture:] And also with you!
Leader: Let us worship the Lord.

Call to Confession

Leader: We are called to walk by the Lord’s light, but that requires us to confront the shadowy most parts of ourselves. Let us bring the shadows of our sin into the light, knowing that God’s judgement is just, and God’s mercy is sure.

Unison Prayer of Confession 

People: Most Holy God, we recoil from the accusations Isaiah brings, yet we know them in our hearts to be true. We trample on your courts, we bring worthless offerings, our hands are stained with our sin; indeed, we celebrate our wickedness! Yet we know that you offer another way. Teach us how to put an end to our evil deeds, to seek justice, help the oppressed, defend the helpless. Lead us on the path of righteousness, so that we might walk in your light. In your mercy, hear our prayer…

Declaration of Forgiveness

Leader: Through Isaiah, the Lord offers to settle this here and now. Though your sins are like scarlet, the prophet says, they will be as white as snow. Though they are red as crimson, they will become like wool. This is good news, beloved: in Christ Jesus, we are all forgiven! Thanks be to God.

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