Songs of Christian Calling: My Soul Finds Rest
Join with Sandra McCracken and Isaac Wardell in songs and prayers of Christian calling.
The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Praise the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created:
all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things have been created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
he is the beginning and the end,
the firstborn from among the dead,
so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever—
world without end. Amen.
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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory
forever and ever. Amen.
Jesus says: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, that the one who sows and the one who reaps may rejoice together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
O Lord, you are Jehovah Shalom, the God of peace. You have made peace with those of us who were far from you, and with those of us who were near, through the blood of Jesus, and you have commanded us also to be peacemakers.
But we confess that we have not been peacemakers.
In the face of injustice, we have averted our eyes.
O Lord, you are Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides. Everything that we have comes from you. While we were still in our mothers’ wombs, you knit us together; every day of our lives, you have provided for us the air we breathe and the food that we eat.
But we confess that we have been ungrateful.
In our accomplishments, we have not given you thanks.
O Lord, you are Jehovah Shammah, the God who is near. Where can we go from your Spirit, and where can we flee from your love? You have promised us that you are near to us when we call, and that you will listen to the cry of the broken-hearted.
But we confess that we have been rebellious.
In the secret places of our hearts, we have hidden from you.
O Lord, you are Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals. We pray that you would heal us in the places where we are broken, sanctify us in the places where we are unholy, and cleanse us in the places where our hearts are full of secret sins. We open our hearts to you now in silence.... (silent prayer)
It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Thanks be to God.
We are grateful for the planning and leading of this service by Isaac Wardell with Sandra McCracken (Thursday vesper) and Latifah Alattas (Friday evening prayer), members of the Charlottesville Worship Collective, members of Urban Doxology, and Calvin College students.