CALL TO WORSHIP: Worship Leader and Congregation

Leader:  Sing to the Lord a new song.

Let the mountains quake.

People:  We worship a God of wonder.

Leader:  Sing praises to our God. Let the musicians join the heavenly chorus.

People:  We worship a God of saving love.

Leader:  Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth. Let the seas roar and the rivers clap their hands.

People:  We worship a God of majesty and might.

Leader:  Come! Worship the Lord.  Amen.

OPENING PRAYER: Worship Leader and Congregation

Author of every spiritual benediction, bless us this day.  May your Spirit fall upon us during our time of worship.  May your bountiful justice remake us as a righteous people.  May your commandment to love one another transform our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh.  May your praise be heard throughout the world, that all people might come together as one and bear the fruit of eternal life.  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

Source of love, you call us to love one another as Christ has loved us, but that can be a difficult thing.  You promise us joy if we give ourselves to love, yet we cling to hurts that rob us of the offered gift.  You invite us to sing a new song and set our hearts free from the chains that bind us, yet we cleave to familiar paths and old, familiar ways.  Heal us, O God. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us once more, that our lips may sing your praise and our hearts may leap with joy.  Help us live as children of your love.  Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE: Worship Leader

The One who establishes justice throughout the world, the One who loves us as a father loves his children, the One who tends us as a mother tends her young, draws us into the embrace of unconditional love.  Everyone who believed in the child of the Holy One is born of God.  In Christ, we are made well.  Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 17:11-15 – Worship Leader

11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?