CALL TO WORSHIP
One: The Lord is about to create new heavens and a new earth.
All: We will be glad and rejoice in what God is creating.
One: No more shall the sound of weeping be heard, or the cry of distress.
All: Surely God is our salvation; we will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is our strength and our might; God has become our salvation.
One: We come today to refresh our spirits in doing what is right.
All: We come with joy and thanksgiving to serve our Savior. Let us worship God.
Gracious God, we come to you unsure of today much less tomorrow. We believe that change will happen because of our merit and not because of you and how closely we follow you. We do not understand that hope really is found in you. We do not want to admit that the best service is to you and not to our own needs. Today may we hear your word afresh for us. May we learn more of these new heavens and earth you are creating and how we can live into that reality – your reality. Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
Dear ones, we have been weary in doing what is right. Let us come before our Lord confessing our sins.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
O Holy One, as wonderful as you are to us, we have become lazy. We do not do your will much less delight in it. We take advantage of others, we do not work for what we have nor participate in community and sharing with others. From others we take houses we have not built. From others we take what they have planted and worked hard for thinking that we deserve it more than they do. We worry so much about today, and can not see what you have planned for us. We are not ready to walk forward in your name much less be persecuted for it. Help us to come closer to you. Help us come closer to each other. Please forgive us our sins that we may be released to live in these new heavens and new earth that you have planned for us. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
With joy we draw water from the wells of salvation. There is much work for us to do in response to live into this new world. But we know from where our strength comes. We will give thanks in the Lord, for though God was angry with us, this anger turned away, and we are being comforted. Surely God is our salvation; we will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is our strength and our might: God has become our salvation. I declare to you that in the name of Jesus Christ your sins are forgiven. Now go living in that fearless trust, and sin no more. Amen.