Worship Order for
(based upon Psalm 32)
Our hearts sing with joy when we know that we are free from
deceit, and our sins are forgiven, but our lives disintegrate with
worry and guilt when we keep silent about our wrongdoings.
When we seek your truth, O God, and acknowledge our sin, we
experience your forgiveness.
Let all people reach out to you in prayer, O God, and know your
protection and strength, so that embraced by your grace-filled
presence and filled with your undeserved forgiveness, they sing
your praise and shout for joy.
When we listen for God's word and follow God's direction for
our lives, our stubbornness melts away and our tempers are
When we fail to listen, and persist in following other than
God's way, our hearts are hardened and our lives tormented.
But when we put our trust in God, we are surrounded and filled
with God's steadfast love.
Let all those who are upright in heart rejoice and shout for
by Rev. Moira Laidlaw
a retired minister in the Uniting Church in Australia
indeed, are the riches of your grace, O Lord, and how great is
your love! We have only begun to scratch the surface, to catch but
a glimpse of who you are, and who we are in relation to you. Even
so, we are filled with awe and wonder. We praise you, and thank
you. May this time of worship be less about us and more about you.
Spirit, help us to open the door of our heart, soul, and mind and
allow you entrance into our lives today. This we pray in the name
of the One who said, "Behold, I stand at the door and
Come, Lord Jesus,
be our guest! Amen.
God is at work
among these new Brethren in Brazil. God is also at work here in
the Valley, among the brothers and sisters gathered here. Did you
ever think of yourself as a "missionary?"
"Missionaries" are just people involved in Godís
mission, whether in some distant place or right here and now.
Soon the ushers
will collect our offering, and you can know that what you give
helps the church grow in Brazil, as well as in many other places -
including right here. However, please understand that we donít
pay somebody else to do the mission work God has called each one
of us individually, and all of us together, to be about.
As the plates are
passed make your own "moment for mission" and ponder
what sort of "missionary" you are. What sort of
"mission work" is God doing here in the Valley, as well
as where you live and work? Would you pray with me?
you, God, for what you are doing in Brazil, among the Brethren
there. We only see a small part of the much bigger picture of
what you are about in this world. Bless your church, there and
here, as we seek to grow in faith and truth. Guide us to more
fully put to use all the resources you have given for the task
at hand. This we pray in Jesusí name. Amen.