Call to Worship: Psalm 30:3-4

This scriptural call to worship is a reminder of our deliverance from death to life and an exhortation to the gathered church to respond by singing praises and giving thanks.

O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.

-Psalm 30:3–4 (ESV)

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Thanksgiving Call to Worship from Psalm 105

This responsive scripture reading could be used as a call to worship or opening scripture reading for the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
He remembers his covenant forever,
the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations.
Praise the Lord!

-from Psalm 105:1-3, 7-8, 45 (ESV)
adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, ©2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources

Thanksgiving Call to Worship: Psalm 95:1-7

This responsive scripture reading could be used as a call to worship or opening scripture reading for the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

-Psalm 95:1-7 (ESV)
adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, ©2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources

Thanksgiving Call to Worship from Psalm 67:4-6

This responsive scripture reading could be used as a call to worship or opening scripture reading for the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!
The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, shall bless us.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!

-from Psalm 67:4-6 (ESV)
adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, ©2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources

Advent Call to Worship based on Psalm 50

The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Our God comes; he does not keep silence. 
God calls and we respond to his love.
The heavens declare God’s righteousness.
We tell out God’s glories!
Offer up to God your thanksgiving.
And our God will hear us, save us, and stay with us forever.

-based on Psalm 50:1-3, 6 (ESV)
adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, ©2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources

Advent Call to Worship

We gather in preparation
for good news is about to be proclaimed.
We gather in expectation
for joy is about to explode in our midst.
We gather in celebration
for we are those people who have said
   yes to the manger,
   yes to love enfleshed,
   yes to the one incarnate for others,
   yes to the wholeness of God.
With preparation and in expectation, let us celebrate!

-from The Worship Sourcebook, ©2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources