February 6, 2022

Worship Resources for 
the Center for Faith and Giving

Epiphany +5

Isaiah 6:1-8, (9-13)

Psalm 138

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Luke 5:1-11

Call to Worship  (from Psalm 138)

One:  God’s steadfast love endures forever!
Many: With whole hearts, we give thanks to God.
One:  We come to praise God, singing the wonder of God’s way.
Many: In troubled times, we’re preserved from our enemies. 
One:  God’s purposes will be fulfilled, so we rejoice, for
All  :  God’s steadfast love endures forever!

Opening Prayer  

Creator God, we turn our minds to praise your name, grateful for your steadfast love.  In this hour, renew our gratitude for the work of your hands, and allow us to whole-heartedly worship you.  
Your faithfulness models for us how we can give your our thanks.  
Great is your glory!
Set your right hand to deliver us from all that distracts.
Assure us you will not forsake us but will fulfill your purposes for us all,
even as we honor you today.  AMEN

Moment for Stewardship  (from I Corinthians 15:10)

Paul writes to the people of Corinth, “By the grace of God I am what I am, and (God’s) grace toward me has not been in vain.”

Let’s take this moment to breathe in this reality:  I am what I am.  You are what you are.  Only by God’s grace are we who we are, and only by God’s grace do we have what we have.

Wow!  Such an amazing gift.  

Breathe it in.  
(stop to take a couple of deep breaths, to be heard by the congregation)

And then join me in responding to that truth by sharing what you have, that we might become witnesses to God’s justice, love and desire for abundance for ALL God’s people.

Gifts given, because of God’s grace.  
So we proclaim, and so we have come to believe.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

We offer ourselves to you, O God, in these tokens of our lives.
May they make a practical difference in this world, 
    bringing light and life through Jesus Christ to the most shadowy places.  
Make us conscious of your grace, that our lives may display the light of One 
who gave up life for us, that we might daily live in your presence.  Amen.

(adapted and copied from https://lifeinliturgy.wordpress.com/2022/01/24/epiphany-5c-2/)

Invitation to Communion (from I Corinthians 15)

Here at this Table we see, taste, touch and hear the gospel (“good news”)!
Here we remember.
For it was Jesus who lived, died, and was raised to abundant life.
It is Jesus whom we decided to follow.
It will be Jesus who welcomes us to the banquet feast, which we anticipate as we share these gifts of bread and juice.  
So come to the table of love


Come into the deep water of God’s love. Cast your nets into the miraculous waters of Christ’s grace. Drink of the living water, eat of the bread of life, for this is the table of abundant love.   (used from ministrymatters.com)