Easter -- Service Prayers -- 5th Sunday
Inherit the Blessing:
Service Prayers for the
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12) • Psalm 112:1-9 (10)
1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) • Matthew 5:13-20
Call to Worship
(based on Psalm
Leader: Those who revere God
and joy in God’s commands!
People: Those who practice justice
inherit the blessing of God’s righteousness.
inherit God’s enduring riches:
Love, faith, mercy, kindness, and peace,
the everlasting gifts of God that make us truly
those who embody justice:
Mercy and compassion shine forth on their
as a light disperses the shadows.
follow God’s ways are generous;
money without interest;
honest in all of their doings.
Even in hard times, they hold on to faith
and their commitment to justice for all.
Let us lean
not on our own understandings,
unwavering hearts, trust in God always.
We will not live in fear!
We have peace because we know God is able
to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we
Let us praise
and worship God!
adapted from The
Inclusive Bible © 2007 Priests for Equality
God of Power and Glory, we worship you
with gladness and awe.
We thank you for bringing us to this new
We praise you for getting us through the
challenges of all of our yesterdays
and strengthening us for what lies
By your grace, may the light of Christ
shine more brightly
in each of our lives. Blessed Spirit, make yourself known
in our worship today
as we offer our hearts to you in word
and song. Amen.
Holy One, you call each of us to be
willing mouthpieces for you,
to be a prophetic presence in our
circles of influence.
Yet, far too often, we seal our lips and
refuse to speak up,
even when we sense you urging us to do
Those who hunger for your assurance and
remain hungry because we fail to feed
Indeed, we often hunger ourselves
because we do not feed our spirits with
your holy word.
We become like salt that has no flavor.
Forgive us, we pray.
Restore us so we may speak restorative
words to others,
full of the flavor of your grace, mercy,
and love. Amen.
Words of Assurance
When we approach God with sincerity of
we have the assurance that God hears our
and answers us with compassion and love.
Call to Offering
As we have received, let us also give.
Our financial gifts sustain the work of
both locally and abroad,
through Local Church Ministries and Our
Church’s Wider Mission.
Give, so others may receive.
Sustainer of Life, sanctify and multiply
so they may be symbols of your caring
love to those who are in need.
This we humbly ask in the name of our
Redeemer, Christ Jesus. Amen.
As we conclude our worship service,
let our worship through our service
With courage and compassion,
let the light of Christ in each of us
revealing the places where we can lift
out of the shadows and into the
marvelous light of God.
Inherit the Blessing: Service Prayers for the Fifth Sunday after
written by the Rev. Renee C. Jackson, an ordained minister in the United Church
of Christ, presently serving as Pastor and Teacher of the First Congregational
UCC in Ypsilanti, Michigan, an Open and Affirming congregation where God is
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