June 16, 2019
Call to Worship
Adapted from Psalm 72
The Lord our God is a righteous King. In justice he vindicates the afflicted and saves the children of the needy.
The LORD will deliver the needy when they cry for help. He will have compassion on the poor and needy and save their lives. Their lives are precious in his sight; he will rescue them from oppression and violence. Blessed be the Lord our God who rescues those in need.
Old Testament Reading
The wise build on the wisdom they already have and continue to grow by listening to instruction.
1 A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. 2 From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence. 3 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. 4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. 5 The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace. 6 Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked. 7 One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. 8 The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat. 9 The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out. 10 By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom. 11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
Confession of Sin
Adapted from 1 John 3
Heavenly Father, we have seen your love in the cross, that Christ laid down his life for us. And yet, even though he has sacrificed for us so generously, we have not lived as generously as we have received. We have closed our hearts to our brothers and sisters in need when we have had the world’s goods to give them. We have offered to pray, and then neglected to pray. Our good intentions often fail to become actions. We have thought to encourage others, yet neglected to follow through. We know that we should love in deed and truth, rather than with words only. Our guilty neglect surrounds us. Forgive us for this laziness and let us grow up more fully into Christ by the work of your Spirit that we would demonstrate the mercy and generosity of your kingdom.
Worshippers may continue in silent reflection and confession.
Assurance of Pardon
Adapted from John 15 & 1 John 3