Sunday, November 13, 2022

Liturgy: Micah - Micah 5:2-5, 6:6-8 (November 13, 2022)

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Call to Worship

Leader: With what shall we approach the Lord?
People: Should we come before God with burnt offerings? Will the Lord be pleased with the fruit of our lives given for the sin of our spirit?
Leader: We already know, kindred, what the Lord requires from us:
People: Let us do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with our God.
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: Like Micah, we live in a fractured and broken world. We are beset by division within and threats without. Let us come before the Lord knowing that only God has the power to rebuild and reconcile, to heal and forgive. Let us confess our sin.

Unison Prayer of Confession 

People: Most Holy One, we come before you as a broken people. We fight amongst ourselves, we submit to fear, we destroy that which you have carefully and lovingly built. We act in our own self-interest and refuse to look beyond today. We know that we have brought disaster upon ourselves, and that only you can redeem us. We bring you rich offerings and abundant praise in the hope that our gifts will earn us your compassion. Yet we already know what it is you truly desire. Help us to pursue justice, embody faithful love, and humbly follow your footsteps so that we might be a living offering, pleasing to you. In your mercy, hear our prayer…

Declaration of Forgiveness

Leader: God has promised us a shepherd who will stand with us in the strength and majesty of the Lord. We can rest secure in the knowledge that the king of peace has, indeed forgiven us for all our sins. Thanks be to God.

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