CALL TO WORSHIP: Worship Leader and Congregation

Leader:   Come with your doubts and fears.

People:  This is scary.

Leader:   Call on God, who will answer you.

People:  God is hard to hear these days.

Leader:   Come to the One who will give your souls peace. It is so hard to believe.

People:  Come, claim your identity as beloved children of God.

Leader:   We come, uncertain, but longing to hear God speak to us this morning.

OPENING PRAYER: Worship Leader and Congregation

Come to us, God, for we are waiting—waiting and hoping that your word of peace will soothe our fearful and doubting souls.  Open our hearts to the message you would share with us today through song, prayer and meditation, that our souls might reach out, touch you, and believe.  Help us claim our identity as your beloved children.  Come, beloved One, we are here to listen and be transformed.  Amen.

PASTORAL PRAYER – LORD’S PRAYER:

Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION:  Worship Leader and Congregation

God of our heart and lives, too many times have we doubted and turned away, failing to recognize you or your voice; denying our true identity. We despair of the way things are in the world and can find no true peace. We search for answers in places where truth cannot be found.  Strengthen our wondering unbelief, and fulfill our longing to truly know you.  Open our minds to understand the scriptures, and transform our lives into a powerful witness of your radical love for all.   Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE: Worship Leader

Know that God has set us apart to be faithful.  Trust that God hears us when we call.  Believe that God makes us lie down in peace and safety. Know, trust, believe.  There is no doubt about it.   Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING: Exodus 3:7-8  – John Wesley

7And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.   So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.