Matthew 1:1-16 Call to Worship & Opening Prayer

Call to Worship

option 1 (includes Jesus)

From Abraham and Sarah to David,
You prepared the way, creating a new foundation.

The Coming of the Lord is Near
Ready our Hearts to Hear

From David and Bathsheba to the exile,
You prepared the way, creating a new path.

The Coming of the Lord is Near
Ready our Hearts to Hear

From the exile to Mary, and Joseph, and the baby Jesus,
You prepared the way, creating a new vision.

The Coming of the Lord is Near
Ready our Hearts to Hear

From Jesus the Christ to the people of God here,

The Coming of the Lord is Near
Ready our Hearts to Hear

option 2 (no Jesus if you want to adhere to advent)

From Abraham and Sarah to David,
You prepared the way, creating a new foundation.

The Coming of the Lord is Near
Ready our Hearts to Hear

From David and Bathsheba to the exile,
You prepared the way, creating a new path.

The Coming of the Lord is Near
Ready our Hearts to Hear

From the exile to Mary, and Joseph,
You prepare further, casting a new vision.

The Coming of the Lord is Near
Ready our Hearts to Hear

Opening Prayer

Holy One,
Ground of all being.
We praise you for the power of witness.
For the power in the cloud of witnesses that has gone before.
For Abraham, Sarah, Boaz, Ruth, Mary and Joseph
They have united in Christ and are led forward into our generation through the hands, feet, and hearts of your servants.
Remove any fear may have and prepare us for the season to come.
In the coming Christ we pray,
Amen.

© 2009, Terri Stewart

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