Worship - Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (27 June 2021)
Call to Worship: Psalm 130:1–8 (NIV)
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD; 2 Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
5 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. 6 I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. 8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)
Prayer for Children and Youth: (Take a moment to pray for the children and youth who are connected with our church. Pray for the children/youth and their parents during this new school year. Pray for Pastor Andrew and the Sunday School teachers and youth leaders who lead Berwick Baptist Church’s ministries to children and youth in our community.)
Scripture – 2 Samuel 1:1, 17–27
Call to Confession:
Those who are in Christ have been freed from the power and penalty of sin, but not from its presence. We still sin and mess up. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” And thus we come to a time of confession—a time to confess any known sins to God.
Prayer of Confession:
Merciful God, you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you. We humbly confess our sins and ask your mercy.
We have not loved you with a pure heart, nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves. We have not done justice, loved kindness, or walked humbly with you, our God. Have mercy on us, O God, in your loving-kindness. In your great compassion, cleanse us from sin.
Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Do not cast us form your presence, or take your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of your salvation and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Gracious God, thank you for this day you have given to us. Thank you that we can lift up our praise and worship to you. Please bless each of us and protect us through this coming week, we pray, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, your only Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, Amen! Benediction: The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make his face to shine on you and be gracious to you; The LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.