Worship, Community, Mission
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Joachim Neander & Catherine Winkworth
The Church of Christ in Every Age by Fred Pratt Green, William Knapp, & Seth Woods
Responsive Reading (Congregational response in bold)
Where ignorance, self-love, and insensitivity have fractured life in community,
give us your light, O God of love.
Where injustice and oppression have broken the spirit of peoples,
give us your light, O God of freedom.
Where hunger and poverty, illness and death have made life an unbearable burden,
give us your light, O God of grace.
Where suspicion and hatred, conflict and war have challenged your goodness,
give us your light, O God of peace.
Eternal God, remove the blindness of the nations and peoples so that they may walk in the light of love;
remove the ignorance and stubbornness of nations and peoples so that they may drink from the fountains of your goodness.
* Reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, Second Edition, © 2013, Faith Alive Christian Resources.