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The Voice – Call to Worship

From across the sands of the desert came the still small Voice.

Gentle Wind, Breath of God, Holy Spirit

The Voice found home in the Prophets, “thus says the Lord.”

Let my people go.                                                                                          Exodus 9:1

Let justice roll down like waters                                                        Amos 5:24

     and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.

Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.                                                                                                                                                                         Micah 6:8

The Voice came among us in the flesh.

Just as I have loved you, so you should love one another.                                                                                                                                                         John 13:34

As we worship today, the Voice grows within us

in our praying, in our singing, in our telling.

Speak, Lord, for we, your people, are listening.

-©2019, Nathan Decker, worshipswake.wordpress.com

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Worship for First Sunday of Lent 2019 “Temptation”

Call to Worship by Nathan Decker

God, we hunger for a word of guidance from you.

The desert winds have dried up our springs of hope.

The stones look like bread, and we throw them at the needy in our disillusion.

Our leap of faith suddenly feels like a fall from grace.

We have worshiped power.

We have failed to love one another.

We have failed to hear one another.

We have failed you.

But you Christ faced these temptations.

You refuted the twisting of scriptures.

You denied trusting in false hope.

You stood firm against the easy road.

Oh, God forgive us

and lead us to the love of Christ on the Cross.

 

Morning Prayer by Nathan Decker

Christ who came as God in the flesh

and faced down the temptations:

                Lead us to the true bread of love so that all are fed.

                Lead us to leap in our love of God and Neighbor so that all are welcome.

                Lead us to fall down and worship you instead of power.

For you gave up the power of heaven,

For you were unwelcome among us on earth,

For you were hungry and left to die.

Christ who came as God in the flesh

help us face down the temptations you have conquered.  Amen.

(C)2019, Nathan Decker, http://www.worshipswake.wordpress.com

Ash Wednesday Call to Worship 2014

Jesus was Baptized in the Waters of the River Jordan

and the Spirit descended on him in the form of a dove

                   And a voice was heard from heaven

“This is my Son, my beloved, in whom I am well pleased.”

                   And immediately, Jesus went into the desert…

 

Lord Jesus, we follow you…

                   We will be tempted, tested, tried, troubled…

Lord Jesus, we follow you…

-Nathan Decker 2014

Because – Call to Worship for Second Sunday of Easter 2015

Because of the Darkness

We can see the Light.

                   Because of the Doubting

We begin to Believe.

                   Because of the Pain and Suffering

We become Your Hands.

                   Because of the Injustice and Broken Systems

We rise up with Voice.

                   Because of Your Selfless Life and Sacrifice

We can overcome Sin and Death.

                   Because of Who You Are

We know Who We Can Be.

                   Because of What You’ve Done

We can Be Free.

-(C)2015, Nathan Decker, Worship’s Wake

Good Friday (Call To Worship 2014)

Behold, Jesus Christ, King of the Jews!

He looks so sad, simple, sick, and dying.

   Is this what we worship?  A man dying in humiliation!  A failure?

Surely this man was the Son of God.

   Hear the words he speaks.  They are not profound.

They are the needs of a dying man.

I thirst.  My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?

   Hear the dying words of this so called king.

Father, forgive them.  They do not know what they are doing.

                   Hear the words of Jesus.

It is finished.

Moving to a Stop (Call to Worship)

We are very busy.

We are in a hurry to get things done.

   And yet, there is no finish in sight.

Each task’s end is the beginning of a new chore.

   We are getting no where.

All our hectic pace is running in place!

   We are no closer to the finish line than when we first began.

Burning rubber, but moving not an inch.

So we gather here:

at God’s house,

                                      at the Lord’s table,

                                          at the Spirit’s beckon,

   To slow down until we stop.  <silent pause>

                

Only when we stop do we truly begin to move.

Only when our pace is Christ’s pace are we getting somewhere.

   Amen.

   –©2014 Nathan Decker www.worshipswake.wordpress.com

Call to Worship for All Saints Sunday 2014

We did not arrive here on our own.

There were so many who helped us find faith.

                   Grandmas and Grandpas, Moms and Dads, Aunts and Uncles

That friendly woman who gave us candy each Sunday,

                   That patient man who served as a mentor,

                   spiritual leaders, preachers, people of simple faith:

We did not arrive here on our own.

                                               

Nathan Decker ©2014 www.worshipswake.wordpress.com

Invitation from Matthew 22:1-14

We have come because somebody invited us.

An invitation was required?

Yes, and proper attire as well.

Isn’t that a little old fashioned?

The invitation is from Jesus Christ.

He calls us to come and worship with our hearts.

The requirement is that you put on Christ.

Let us worship as people on the way, Christians, Children of God.

We have come because somebody invited us.

Who will we invite?

-©2014 Nathan Decker, www.worshipswake.wordpress.com

Love (Call to Worship from Matthew 22:34-40)

Love.

A small word, should be easy to be and do.

Love God.

Oh, that’s easy.  I’ll pray to you to ask you what I need.

I may even show up once in a while in Church to worship you.

Love.

You keep saying that, am I getting it wrong?

Love Neighbor.

I love all my neighbors. 

We get along great as long as we all stay within our property lines.

Love.

I don’t think that is such a small word.

Not easy to be.  Not easy to do.

Love God.

I’m trying Lord, forgive my distractions and idols.

Love Neighbor.

Help me see the invisible, those in pain, those in need.

Love.

Love with all our Heart and Soul and Mind.

Love.

Love.  Amen.

-©2014 Nathan Decker, www.worshipswake.wordpress.com

Where is God? (Call to Worship 2013)

Where do we meet God?

In the song?  In the familiar Sunday morning handshake?

   Where is the Divine at work?

In the pastor’s sermon?  In the committee meeting? 

On a mission trip?  At a Church Day Care Center?

   Where are you God?  We seem to have trouble finding you!

Oh!  There you are!  We should have known!  God is:

   With the child crying in hunger

   With the drunk trapped in the bottle

   With the immigrant taken advantage of at a checkout line

   With the judged who receive no mercy.

   “As you go through this life, make disciples

And I will be with you, always.”

There is where God is!

                                                                                                    – Nathan Decker, 2013