C2W for Overwhelmed by Worry

Here is the Call to Worship I wrote for the second week of our Overwhelmed Sermon Series. This week’s focus is on being overwhelmed by worry and our scripture is Matthew 6:25-34.

The Call
The world outside worries us.
   The worlds inside our homes, and our heads, and our hearts spin with anxiety.
Christ call us to the quiet center.
   We come to worship and receive God’s peace.
We come to remember how to trust our Creator.
   Let us worship our God who is caring for us right now.
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C2W for Overwhelmed by Expectation

Here is the Call to Worship I wrote for the first week of our Overwhelmed Sermon Series. This week’s focus is on being overwhelmed by expectation and our scripture is Micah 6:6-8.

The Call
God calls all of us children to rest and worship.
   If God’s calling we better look our best!
And smile!
   And not be late!
And the kids better behave.
   And don’t forget the food bank donations!
And.. and.. and..
   God is calling all of us children to rest and worship.
All God asks is for us to show up, ready to receive and then to go back into the world
   to do justice, show mercy, and humbly walk with God.

 
I also plan on showing this great video from Igniter Media for our Children’s Time:

Call to Worship for Extravagant Generosity

I’m currently preaching a series on Robert Schnase’s book, Five Practices of Fruitful CongregationsThis week we’re on ‘Extravagant Generosity’ and I’m using 2 Corinthians 9:1-2, 5-11 as our scriptural focus.

The Call
Our God, Creator and Sustainer of all life
   instructs us to give generously and cheerfully.
We come, giving the funds, time, and gifts God has given us
   cheerfully and without hesitation or pressure,
Trusting that in our upside-down life of the Gospel,
   our wealth is measured not by what we have but what we give away.
We give joyfully as an act of our faith trusting you great God,
   to bless your church, your people, and your creation through our giving.  

Call to Worship for Radical Hospitality

I’m currently preaching a series on Robert Schnase’s book, Five Practices of Fruitful CongregationsThis week we’re on ‘Radical Hospitality’ and I’m using Luke 15:11-32 as our scriptural focus.

The Call
God rejoices at our presence here today
   and welcomes us home with a celebration.
We come from different places bringing different needs
   and God’s love accepts and provides for us all.
God, help us extend your extravagant welcome
   and share the gift of true Christian hospitality. 
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Call to worship for Risk-Taking Mission & Service

I’m currently preaching a series on Robert Schnase’s book, Five Practices of Fruitful CongregationsThis week we’re on ‘Risk-taking Mission and Service’ and I’m using Mark 2:13-17 as our scriptural focus.

The Call

We come seeking Jesus
   our teacher and model for our faith.
We find him at the home of a known sinner
   eating dinner with low-lifes and degenerates.
Jesus calls us sinners to follow him
   to bring healing and hope to those who need it most.

Call to worship for Intentional Faith Development

I’m currently preaching a series on Robert Schnase’s book, Five Practices of Fruitful CongregationsThis week we’re on ‘Intentional Faith Development’ and I’m using the scripture Philippians 3:12-21 (The Message) as our scriptural focus but this also references Jesus’ words from John 15:1-17 which is the series theme.

The Call

God calls us to worship
   to refresh us for the work of following Christ.
But only one weekly refreshing is not enough!
   We need support.
We need accountability and encouragement
   to remain connected to Christ the vine.
Connect us in our time of worship, God
   and guide us to seek the support we need to continue to grow in you.

Call to Worship for Passionate Worship

I’m currently preaching a series on Robert Schnase’s book, Five Practices of Fruitful CongregationsThis week we’re looking at passionate worship and I’m using the scripture Acts 2:42-47 as our scriptural focus but this also references Jesus’ words from John 4.

The Call
God we come to worship you
   in Spirit and Truth!
We come to empty ourselves for you.
   Receive our praise and worship, our joys and sorrows, our hopes and fears.
We give all ourselves to you in worship
   so that you will fill us up with your Spirit
and send us out into your world again to continue the work of your kingdom!
   Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!