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 Advent 4 ‘Fear Not’ series

Call to Worship for Advent 4 based on Luke 2:8-14
The Call
God sends angel messengers to earth
   to proclaim the good news:
God has not forgotten us, we are not alone,
   God is coming to us in the form of a baby!
And the first to hear this incredible news
   are people on the outside of polite society.
All of us have good news to share.
   God, help us listen to each other despite our differences.

Call to Worship Advent 1 “Fear Not” series

Call to Worship for Advent 1 based on Luke 1:5-25
The Call
Today we begin the journey of Advent
   and fears abound.
There is so much darkness and it is so cold.
   How will God ever turn our world around?
We gather now to warm and strengthen ourselves for the journey ahead.
   God, you see our human fears and love us anyway.
God, you hear our worries and call us to do your work anyway.
   Help us hear the angelic message, “Do not be afraid!”