Here is the Call to Worship we’ll be using for Easter to cap off our Real Life Faith series. This was written by Thom M. Shuman.
by Thom M. Shuman
This is the day:
when tears are wiped away;
shattered hearts are mended;
fears are replaced with joy.
This is the day the Lord:
rolls away the stone of fear;
throws off death’s clothes;
goes ahead of us into God’s future.
This is the day the Lord has made:
death has no fear for us;
sin has lost its power over us;
God opens the tombs of our hearts to fill us with life.
This is the day – Easter Day!
Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!
O Christ we come to worship you,
knowing we’ve surely denied you at some point this week.
Maybe not in our words but by our actions we have not always claimed you as our Master.
Still you give up everything for us.
Still the Spirit clings to us and fills us with every breath,
convicting and forgiving us, loving and leading us along the way.
Be with us this week
and give us strength to bear witness to your sacrificial love.
For week 5 of the Real Life Faith series based on John 8:1-11
O God, sin has been sucking the life out of us all week.
Forgive us. Renew us.
Jesus tells us, we’re forgiven before we even ask!
Thanks be to God! Help us to sin no more.
And when we do, forgive us again,
most gracious God whom we worship this day.
For week 4 of the Real Life Faith series based on Luke 15:11-32
God, we’ve messed up.
If not this week, at some point in our lives we’ve hurt you.
We’ve run off with your gifts and squandered them.
We’ve felt entitled to your blessings and jealous of your grace.
But you’re here with open arms,
running to us while we’re still far off,
welcoming us back, rejoicing over our return.
Thank you, God. We cannot say thank you enough.
O God, we’ve worked hard all week
to be somebody and make something of ourselves.
You call us to worship now
and here in your presence we are able to just be.
You tell us we’re salt and light, so help us take off our self-made masks
and just be the salty, bright people you made us to be!
Let’s worship our Creator
who made us exactly what we need to be.
God, we’ve been going in circles all week.
We can’t get these worries out of our head.
But you call us to worship now, to refocus on You;
Your love that is never in debit and your grace that knows no limit.
Your mercies are new each morning!
Remind us we start each day with a clean slate.
Lent begins tomorrow in a crazy collision with Valentines Day! As preachers prepare for Sunday, I offer hymn suggestions for my Real Life Faith sermon series. Download them here: Real Life Faith Hymn Suggestions
I also have the first Call to Worship for week 1 of this series, ‘Prepare The Way’:
We are called to this holy season of Lent
to make space for God in our lives.
So much crowds up our calendars and minds,
we lose touch with our Creator.
But God calls us away from shame or guilt
and welcomes us back to awareness with love every time.
May we use this season to give up that which kills us and pulls away
from the great love of our God who we worship today.