First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge
Order of Worship
August 16, 2020
Call to Worship:
How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like a
summer rain which restores the parched earth. It is like a cool breeze at the shore of a lake,
at the top of a mountain or through a crowded city street. God meets us here as we gather
Unison Prayer of Invocation:
Holy God, you created each of us unique beings with differing strengths and
weaknesses. Help us to use our strengths to assist others but also to allow us to receive the
same gift from others. You see the parched places we have made in our lives. Meet us in the
places of our deepest pain so that we might be drawn into right relationship with you and
one another. Fill us with your presence so that others might be drawn into your light and
nurtured by the warmth of your loving care. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Call to Confession
Unison Prayer of Confession:
Merciful God, so many times we try to go it on our own because we lack faith in your
divine providence. We get so caught up in our everyday living and struggles, we forget to
recognize your hand in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Help us to see your
presence more fully in our lives. Enable us to share your love and mercy each and every
day. When we try so hard that we make things worse, or when we just give up and do
nothing, may you inspire us to keep following your love and call. Forgive us, God. Inspire us
to be more like you. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon:
Dear Friends, God calls each of us by name and forgives us with joy. Praise be to God
who welcomes us as we are, challenges us to let go of our guilt, and provides a way for us to
walk on together.
Prayer of Illumination
Come to us this day, Wonderful Creator, and inspire us with your Words of truth and
Scripture: Psalm 133
How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the
precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running
down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains
of Zion. For there the LORD ordained his blessing, life forevermore.
Sharing our Joys and Concerns
The Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will
be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our
debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Invitation to the Offering:
In times of plenty and want, God provides for our deepest needs. Let us give
generously out of the abundance of God’s blessing so that God’s work might continue.
Dedication of the Offering:
Holy God, you are our provider. We dedicate to your service our lives and these
offerings from your blessing and our labor. Work in us and through us to extend your love
and care, here and around the world. Amen.
Do the work of Christ in the world: extend a hand to those in need, speak up for
those cast aside, build bridges of reconciliation, and strengthen bonds of community. Amen.
Today’s liturgy is adapted from Worship Ways. Copyright 2017 Local Church Ministries, Faith
Formation Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115-1100.
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