We come this morning with joy, to worship God. We do not come to justify ourselves. For you, O God, do not judge us by our righteousness, but accept us as we are, out of your great love. We come with joy to worship you. We come with grateful hearts to worship you. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
We come, O God of joy and peace, to praise you and worship you and to hear your Word afresh for our lives. Lord, pour out your Spirit upon us that our worship may be more than words, more than mere duty, but that it may be alive with your power and link us to you and you to us in a deep embrace. Forgive the times we do not look for your for guidance. Break open the Scriptures that we read so that Your Way may be known again to us – fresh and new as when we first heard it.
Psalter Lesson: Psalm 36: 5-10 NRSV (source)
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. O continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your salvation to the upright of heart!
New Testament Lesson: I Corinthians 12: 1-11 NRSV (source)
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
- No. 482 – Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty
- No. 466 – O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
“Celebrate Our Differences/Celebrate Our Unity” – Rev. Scott G. Loomer