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

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Advent Call to Worship

The Lord whom you seek shall suddenly come to his temple;
the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight.
Behold, he is coming. Rejoice greatly! Shout in triumph!
Our King is coming; the righteous Savior,
who shall speak peace to the nations.

-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

Advent Call to Worship from Isaiah 40

A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” As we worship today, let us prepare to welcome God’s dramatic work into our midst, in our hearts, in our community, and in all of creation. Let us worship God.

-based on Isaiah 40:3 (ESV)
adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, ©2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources

Responsive Prayer of Confession from Psalm 51

Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out our transgressions.
Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity, and cleanse us from our sin! For we know our transgressions, and our sin is ever before us.
Against you, you only, have we sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
Hide your face from our sins, and blot out all our iniquities.
Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us.
Cast us not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from us.
Restore to us the joy of your salvation, and uphold us with a willing spirit.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or we would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
Our sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

-from Psalm 51:1-4; 9-12; 16-17 (ESV
adapted from Christ-Centered Worship by Bryan Chapell