Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers and Worship Ideas
God Inspired Joy:
Service Prayers and
Ideas for Pentecost Six
Proper 10 (Inclusive)
CALL TO WORSHIP
2 Samuel and Psalm 24)
Leader: Come, let us come into the House of
the Holy One with song and dance.
have come to worship our God,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
seas and rivers,
all that dwells within.
Leader: The Lord of the Dance beckons us
join in this time of celebration and joy…
we might know that we are gathered in God’s holy place.
Leader: We join the psalmist with songs of
the glory of the God of Hosts.
seek to know the faithfulness and wisdom
that God offers to us.
All: We come that we might know God’s
rhythm of life
and follow in the ways of the Word.
God will bring us home where
dancing and joy will be unceasing.
is a moment given by God to confess our sins against
other, all that God has created, and
us take this moment to account
the ways in which we have not embodied
it means to be created in the image of God.
God, we confess that too often we have not been open
the rhythms of life you offer to us.
let ourselves be put off your pace
allow ourselves to wander off into our own songs.
often the melodies of the world
have led ourselves and others to paths
are not according to your loving pace and direction.
us pay attention with all of our senses.
our dancing faithful;
us take the risks that are part of letting you be the leader.
us back on your rhythm and notes.
our hearts and purify our hands
steady our feet that we might know and
share your blessings.
The God of Hosts assures us that if we trust
God’s Word, we will be led back to the songs that God would have us sing. God is eager to show us the path home. Accept the offer of the new song we have been
given through Jesus the Christ.
Invitation to Offering*
David danced rejoicing before the Arc of the Covenant, his joy was not complete
until he had made an offering of thanks, and distributed gifts of food and drink to all who were in
Perhaps the most joyful and
challenging of all the commandments is to generosity and mutual care: to love
one another as God loves us.
gather our gifts together and offer them to God in gratitude, heartfelt
commitment, and praise.
Blessing Over the Gifts
Jesus, you surprise us by naming us your friends. Your dance of faithfulness
and life, open before us a way of of
unexpected justice, mutuality and joy.
Take these gifts and bless them and let them serve your people at home
and throughout the world, all of us, your cherished friends.
Go forth into the world in faithfulness. Join all those who have danced with the Lord
throughout the generations. Take the
song and rhythm of God’s Word into the world and invite others to celebrate the
joy with you. AMEN
* Some churches may want to vary their practice
of collecting the offering by sending ushers into the congregation. Instead, you may suggest a dance of justice
and generosity by inviting the congregation to leave their seats and move in
time to joyful music down the aisles toward the ushers, who will collect their
tithes and offerings.
God Inspired Joy: Service Prayers for Pentecost Six was
written by the Rev. Dr. Bertrice Wood of Cleveland OH.Copyright 2009 Local Church Ministries, Congregational Vitality and
Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this
material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved.