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I Knew This Would Happen!

Worship
Lectionary Worship Aids
Series VII, Cycle B
Call To Worship (Acts 3:19-21)
One:

Repent, therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out,
All:
so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is, Jesus,
One:
who must remain in heaven until the time of universal restoration that God announced long ago through his holy prophets.

Collect

Gracious Lord, your message saves lives and nations. You promised all nations would be blessed through Abraham! In our worship today we pledge to be your light to all the nations, whether perceived as friend or foe, that as children of Abraham, children of God, we may all be gathered into your family. Amen.

Prayer Of Confession

Today we proclaim that God is merciful and just, intent on the restitution of all things, aiming to reach out for Ninevites, such as ourselves. Why are we always so surprised, Lord, about your boundless mercy? Why do we always assume, God of judgment, that your boundless mercy always includes us? We repent of our idolatries of nationalism, racism, commercialism, consumerism. We proclaim one God, one Lord, one salvation, forever and ever. Amen.

Hymns
There's A Wideness In God's Mercy
Here In This Place
Low In The Grave He Lay
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