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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Palm Sunday Responsive Reading

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Image from Defining Grace blog

I always try to find an alternative to a sermon for Palm Sunday so I can get a head start on Holy Week. This year I developed a responsive reading that covers the highlights of the events between Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday. We read the regular lectionary text for Palm Sunday from Matthew in the usual spot in worship. Where the sermon goes I gave a brief introduction and used the following responsive reading. It’s about the same length as a sermon it’s broken up with verses of a hymn so it filled the same amount of time. This liturgy uses the CEB translation of Matthew 21:12-17; 22:1-10, 34-40; 23:23-28, 37-39; 24:1-2, 36-44; 25:31-40; 26:1-5.

Click here for the PDF: Palm Sunday 2017 responsive scripture reading

Call to Worship for Advent 3 for “Fear Not” series

Call to Worship for Advent 3 based on Matthew 1:18-25
The Call
God calls us and wakes us from our tired apathy.
   God has a plan, don’t be afraid!
We are a part of the plan. God needs us,
   Not to follow the rules, but to stand out in grace.
Others will judge us. We’ll feel like our lives are falling apart,
   But God’s plan is growing and will soon come to life.
God, strengthen our faith, make us merciful and kind,
   Stand with us when we stand out for you.