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

to worship.

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

life. Amen.

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

Pastoral Prayer

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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