Sunday, Jan 15 2017
CALL TO WORSHIP
The Lord is my stronghold—the rock of my refuge.
In Him, we will put our trust.
Though my foot slips, my God will keep me from falling.
A strong tower is our God.
Rejoice! For the Lord is just, and His law is perfect.
He brings blessings on those who do His will.
The unrighteous say, “He does not care about evildoing.”
Yet He who made the eye sees. He who made the ear hears.
The Lord will not forsake His people.
Come, Lord Jesus. We wait for you.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Heavenly Father, you have taught us that you are not blind to the evil of this world. Yet we cry out,
“be not silent, O God of my praise!”
We don't trust your purposes and desire to see our ideas of justice played out before us.
Forgive our impatience, Lord.
When we feel scorned and taken advantage of we cry out,
“because Your steadfast love is good, please deliver me.”
Yet we act selfishly and work to further only our ends.
Forgive our hypocrisy, Lord.
In moments of injustice in our city, our country, and our world we cry,
“God of vengeance, shine forth!”
Yet we do little to care for the oppressed and those in pain.
Forgive our selfishness and fear, Lord.
O Lord, we are poor and needy. Our hearts are stricken. Blessed are those whom you discipline.
Humble us Father. Teach us to do your will.
The thoughts of mankind are merely a breath, yet you still regard our prayers and call us beloved.
Lord, You are good. Though we deserve death, you give us your Son. Amen.