C2W for Easter Sunday Cross Fit Faith

Here’s a Call to Worship for Easter Sunday based on Luke 24:1-12, 36-48, “A Way of Life” in the Cross Fit Faith worship series.

The Call
Christ is risen!
   Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Hear the bells ring out the Good News
(listen as the bell rings)
We are an Easter people,
   Alleluia is our song!
Our lives too ring out the Good News
   by our words and thoughts and actions.
We come today, despite the many other places we could be
   to celebrate our God of Life and embrace the new life only Christ can give!

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Maundy Thursday Taize Worship

Maundy Thursday is my favorite worship service of the Christian year! Yes, for me it even tops Christmas Eve and Easter. Jesus knew this was his last chance to show his friends God’s Truth and he does not disappoint! Teaching us what love is, giving us a new covenant open to everyone, sharing one last blessing with those he loved even though he knew they would soon desert him… that’s the good stuff.
This year, we used a Taize style worship for Ash Wednesday and it was so well received we decided to do it again for Holy Thursday. We’ll be holding this worship service around tables in our Community Room with candles and Communion elements on each table. The service includes the song By My Side from Godspell and a poem/reflection on Jesus’ foot washing by Rev. Carol Ferguson.

Download the PDF worship outline here: Maundy Thursday Taize Worship 2019

There’s more Holy Week resources coming.. I’ll be sharing our Good Friday prayer stations soon! Check out my Easter Sunrise worship and be sure to subscribe!

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C2W for Palm Sunday Cross Fit Faith

Here’s a Call to Worship for the sixth Sunday of Lent, Palm/Passion Sunday based on Luke 19:29-40, 22:14-21, 33-34, “Perfection Not Required” in the Cross Fit Faith worship series.

This Call to Worship has been adapted from  Rev. Christine Sobania Johnson’s Short Litany as Holy Week Begins, posted on her blog, Freshly Squeezed Liturgy

O God, today we come to cheer Jesus on as our champion and hail him as our hero.
   Forgive us tomorrow when our enthusiasm wanes. 
Today we have entrusted you to rescue us from our pitiful circumstances.
   Forgive us on Tuesday when we decide we can take care of ourselves. 
Today we make you the centerpiece of our very existence.
   Forgive us on Wednesday when we forget to remember who you are. 
Today we call out to you loudly by name.
   Forgive us on Thursday when we pretend that we’ve never met you. 
Today we stare at you with the star struck eyes of fans and groupies.
   Forgive us on Friday when we avert our eyes because it’s too painful to see you on the cross. 
Today we express our unsuppressed hopefulness in the future you have in store for us.
   Forgive us on Saturday when we believe all is lost. 
Today we are boldly certain of the earthly ways you will redeem us.
   Restore us on Sunday when we are startled and awed by your rising.
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C2W Lent 5 Cross Fit Faith

Here’s a Call to Worship for the fifth Sunday of Lent based on Luke 11:1-10, “When It Gets Hard” in the Cross Fit Faith worship series.

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The Call
God calls us and despite all that has happened this week,
    O God, we are here.
We did not stay on track, we missed the mark more than once but
    O God, we are here.
We missed opportunities to trust you and tried to handle things ourselves but
    O God, we are here.
We fell off the wagon again this week and yet
    O God, we are here!
Our faith may feel stagnant and blasé but
    O God, we are here.
We are here.What we need is here.
    O God, we are ready to receive all that you would give.

 

 

C2W Lent 4 of Cross Fit Faith

Here’s a Call to Worship for the fourth Sunday of Lent based on Luke 10:38-42, “Mindset is Everything” in the Cross Fit Faith worship series.

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The Call
God calls us into presence.
    We come ready and willing to work on our faith.
Let us soak up the Love that improves us
    and pulls us from the dark corners of our minds.
For this next hour, let us focus solely on God, practicing our connection 
    so we know how to return to God this week when life brings us down.
Raise our souls and minds, O God, to focus on only what is necessary,
    our connection to You.

 

C2W for Lent 3 of Cross Fit Faith

Here’s a Call to Worship for the third Sunday of Lent based on Luke 9:18-24 & Matthew 11:28-30, “The The Tools for Success” in the Cross Fit Faith worship series.

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The Call
Jesus calls us saying, ‘If you want to follow me, pick up your cross daily and follow.’
And so we’ve come, leaving our lives behind for this hour.
Jesus welcomes us saying, ‘Let me take your burdens and lighten your load.’
And so we hand over our worries, doubts, and fears to God.
Jesus calls us to leave behind the life we would make for ourselves and receive the life of freedom and joy only God can give.
We are here, trying to give up control, ready to receive the loving care of our
Creator
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C2W for Lent 2 Cross Fit Faith

Here’s a Call to Worship for the second Sunday of Lent based on Luke 6:20-31, “The Principles” in the Cross Fit Faith worship series.

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The Call

We’ve left comforts and responsibilities to be here today,
   to gather together and be inspired by the founder.
But God calls us to an upside-down way of life.
   Love our enemies? Bless our attackers? Give to all who ask?
Jesus shows us how those who harm
   can only be loved back to justice.
We who were lost were only loved back to life.
   This is God’s only way, to love us inspite of ourselves.
So let us follow and worship the Christ today
   as we learn the principles of our faith, to love and be loved.

C2W for Lent 1 Cross Fit Faith

Here’s a Call to Worship for the first Sunday of Lent based on Luke 4:1-21, “Meet the Founder” in the Cross Fit Faith worship series.

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The Call

The Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness and is leading us too.
   We too will be tempted and tested.
As we begin our Lenten journey, let us be led by the Spirit,
   even into the uncomfortable places.
As we seek to follow Jesus in these 40 days,
   and our whole lives long,
may we be faithful and obedient to the perfecter of our faith, Jesus the Christ,
   who came to preach good news to the poor, proclaim release to the prisoners 
and to liberate the oppressed!
   This is our teacher and savior we follow and worship this day.

C2W for Overwhelmed by Busyness

Here is the Call to Worship I wrote for the third week of our Overwhelmed Sermon Series. This week’s focus is on being overwhelmed by busyness and our scripture is Luke 10:38-42, the story of Mary and Martha.

The Call
We come today, busy
   with full schedules and furrowed brows.
We come here to worship
   in between the family gatherings and errands
this is just one thing on our list for today.
   Slow us down God.
Remind us that for now, only one thing is needed
   to be still in your presence.
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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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