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LECTIONARY WORSHIP AIDS
Series VII, Cycle A
Call To Worship (Psalm 99)

One:
The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!

All:
The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.

One:
Let them praise your great and awesome name. Holy is he!

All:
Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

One:
Extol the Lord our God; worship at his footstool. Holy is he!

All:
Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called on his name. They cried to the Lord, and he answered them.

One:
He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; they kept his decrees, and the statutes that he gave them.

All:
O Lord our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings. Extol the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy.


Collect
We approach, O Lord, with the promise of our protection. In the rifted rock of our salvation we rest, praising you for what you have done in the past, your presence in the present, and your promises for our future. Amen.


Prayer Of Confession
Lord, Mighty King, Lover of Justice, protect us in the rock of your salvation as you pass by. Shelter us in your love. Screen us from the consequences of our sins. Save us, Lord Jesus. Amen.


Hymns
"Holy, Holy, Holy"
"In The Rifted Rock I'm Resting"
"Rock Of Ages"



Proper 24/Ordinary Time 29
Sunday between October 16 and October 22 inclusive

Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Theme: Worth Waiting For


Call To Worship
Paul writes to a young church full of enthusiasm and spirit. He is careful to give words of encouragement as well as caution. As we gather in worship today let us resolve to cherish the Spirit in our midst with love and respect.


Collect
Give thanks to God for the ministry that we share in Christ Jesus. Give thanks to God for the wealth of Christian experience here and around the world. Amen.


Prayer Of Confession
Lord, we hear so much about the coming wrath, and our concern is to save ourselves from its horrors. Forgive us our selfish fears and challenge us this day with your help and grace to save others from the world. Amen.


Hymns
"A Wonderful Savior Is Jesus My Lord"
"Take Time To Be Holy"
"God Be With You"



Proper 24/Ordinary Time 29
Sunday between October 16 and October 22 inclusive

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 22:15-22
Theme: No Trapping God


Call To Worship
Come before your Lord with no other intent except to praise and worship God!


Collect
For this precious hour of peace we praise your name. Open our hearts and minds to the comforting - and convicting - words of salvation in your book. Amen.


Prayer Of Confession
Lord, forgive me for every time I have skeptically bargained with you, not content with the gift of grace but determined to grab as much of the world's gold as I could. You are Lord. You are Savior. You are King. Amen.


Hymns
"Sweet Hour Of Prayer"
"Take My Life And Let It Be"
"Blessed Assurance"

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