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All Saints

Worship
Lectionary Worship Aids
Series VII, Cycle C
Second Lesson: Ephesians 1:11-23

Theme: Seal Of Approval

Call To Worship
Let us not cease in giving thanks for each other, and for the salvation that comes from our Lord.

Collect (based on Song of Songs 8:6)
Mark us as your own, set us as a seal upon your heart, O God, for your love is stronger than our death, and your passion to save us more powerful than the terrors of the grave. We give you thanks for our shared destiny, God of glory and power. Amen.

Prayer Of Confession
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