Let Us Build”
Service Prayers for
Call to Worship (adapted
from Genesis 11 and Acts 2)
Leader: Come! Let us be the bricks and mortar for the Great
us build the Kingdom, not for ourselves, but for all people!
Come! Let us be the wind that blows the
announcement of the Good News.
Let us move to gather the people together
Let us be the flame that signals the Spirit’s presence in this place.
Let us ignite rejoicing among the old and
sons and our daughters!
Look! Even as we remain distinct, we are made one
Come! Let us worship God!
Prayer of Invocation (unison)
among us, Spirit,
gather us together with you.
our many selves
our lives, our loves, our ideas,
questions, our speech, our silence –
unite us as your people.
us the gifts of perception and understanding,
that even as we dream your dreams and see your visions,
may be able to witness to your presence in our common life. Amen.
Call to Confession
We do not stop enough to listen to
the Stillspeaking God.
And like the people of Jerusalem long ago,
we often misunderstand the Spirit’s
movement among us.
In the silence and stillness of this
let us draw near to God and listen.
Let us confess together:
confess to you, Renewing Spirit,
we confuse unity with uniformity,
diversity with divisiveness.
speak and behave as if being a part of your family
assimilating others to our way of living.
deny and destroy the beauty you created in each person.
long to change these patterns, O Creator,
we do not know how.
us to value challenge.
us to see strength in difference.
empower us to build your kingdom in creativity and love. Amen.
Assurance of God’s Love
Hear the good news!
God’s Spirit has been poured out
upon all flesh,
and we have been made one.
We are no longer scattered or
but gathered together to build up
the kingdom on this earth.
Thanks be to God!
Invitation to Sharing
The Church is called to build up
through its life together and
through its impact on the world around it.
Come, let us build the kingdom with
our tithes and offerings,
our many gifts and our common
Prayer of Dedication
We have much to return in gratitude
to you, O God,
and much to share with the world
Bless now these gifts, that they may
be signs of your Spirit’s movement.
And accept them also as tokens of
our intent to serve you
and proclaim your good news in every
through the power of your Spirit
dwelling in us. Amen.
Go forth from this place knowing
that God has filled you with the
Rejoice in the power of the Spirit
within and among you,
and tell the Good News everywhere
trusting that God will translate
where needed. Amen.
Come! Let Us Build:
Service Prayers for Pentecost Sunday was written by the Rev. Mary Nelson Abbott ,
Pastor of Malletts Bay Congregational Church UCC in Colchester, VT,
and the Treasurer of the 2030 Clergy Network.
2010 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.