CALL TO WORSHIP
One: Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
All: We will praise the Lord as long as we live; we will sing praises to our God all our lives long.
One: The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
All: The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.
One: Today let us lift our minds and hearts towards the Lord of life.
All: Hallelujah, Thine the glory – revive us again.
Gracious Lord, you are the one who brought us into being and sustains us. Help us see today those who also need your refreshing breath of life – the invisible widows and orphans of scripture looking different for our time. Help us, as need be, cross into the land of the foreigner to receive hospitality and share your life. Help us live into the new life that you have for us. Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
God is well acquainted with human brokenness. Come, unburden yourselves of heavy yokes, and be renewed. Let us together confess our sins.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
O Holy One, we are so blind. We prefer to focus on the supposed realities as we see them as opposed to seeing the hope and resurrection that you bring. We would rather spend our time with important people who make us feel comfortable or special, but we are ignoring your widows becoming increasingly invisible. Help us see others as you see them and live into your new life. Forgive us, we pray, in the name of your son. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Dear ones, as God’s eye is on the sparrow, you, too, are not forgotten. As new life was given to the widows’ sons, so new life is being offered to you. Hear the good news: in Jesus Christ your sins are forgiven. Alleluia! Amen!
CALL FOR THE OFFERING
Even a tiny supply of flour and oil when shared can sustain life beyond measure. With great joy and thanksgiving, let us bring forth our tithes and offerings.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Holy God, receive these simple means that we have brought forth today, and help us to use them to further your extraordinary will. Amen.
INVITATION TO THE TABLE
We come to this table for a small, simple meal, but like the widow’s seemingly tiny supply of flour and oil, what we receive here far exceed any of our expectations. Come and be fed by our Lord. Come and feel your souls being mended. Come to the table that around the world seats more brothers and sisters than you ever thought possible. Come, eat, and be made whole.