Closing Prayer: based on Psalm 67

O God we pray that you would be gracious to us and bless us and make your face to shine upon us, that your way and your saving power may be known among the nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God, and let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise you, O God; for the earth has yielded its increase. Bless us, Lord, and through that blessing, may all the ends of the earth come to fear you! Amen.

-based on Psalm 67 (ESV)

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Call to Worship: Psalm 24:1-4

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,

for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.

-Psalm 24:1-4 (ESV)

Prayer of Adoration: 1 Chronicles 29:1-13

Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. Amen.

-1 Chronicles 29:10-13 (ESV)

Responsive Prayer of Confession and Assurance

O Holy God, in the wrong we have done and in the good we have not done,

We have sinned in ignorance; we have sinned in weakness; we have sinned through our own deliberate fault.

We are truly sorry.  We repent and turn to you.

Forgive us and renew our lives through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
-from Psalm 103 (ESV)

Responsive Scripture Reading: Psalm 103:1-12

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

-Psalm 103:1-12 (ESV)