Second Sunday after Pentecost (Year B)

Sentences, adapted from Psalm 138

Leader: Give thanks to the Lord with your whole heart; before all others, sing God's praise!
Congregation: We bow down to you, Creator Redeemer God; we give thanks to your name!
Leader: The name of the Lord is exalted and the Word of the Lord reigns forever.

Reader 1: On the day I called, you answered me. You increased my strength of soul.
Reader 2: All the kings of the earth shall praise you, Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth.
Reader 3: Everyone shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of God!

Leader: The Lord shall fulfill his purpose for us; God's steadfast love endures forever.
Congregation: The Spirit of God shall minister to us. We shall not be forsaken. 
ALL: Come, let us worship the Lord. May we worship the Lord together!

Call to Confession, from Psalm 130:3-5

"If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope."

Prayer of Confession

Lord of everlasting covenant,
Have mercy on us. 
We have broken promises and we have turned our hearts from true worship.
What you have created as paradise, we have destroyed and taken for granted.
What you have sanctified, we have ignored.
We do not care for your world as we ought to,
We do not serve your people as we have been called,
We do not trust you with our whole hearts and whole lives.
Grant to us humility and righteousness, 
That we may be your present peace and growing kindness.
That we may listen to your voice and receive your Spirit now and forevermore.
Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Even as we look to the world, God looks to us and saves us, redeeming us from all misery and shortcoming. The Spirit of the Lord has granted us the peace of Christ and reminded us that the promise of God lives eternal. Amen.

Prayer for Illumination

God of All,
Grant us wisdom to learn,
Strength to act,
And people to love. 
Amen.

OR

Sung Response: "Spirit of the Living God"

Hymns and Songs of Praise Suggestions

"Holy Spirit, Truth Divine" 
"Breathe on Me, Breath of God"
"O King Enthroned on High"

Written by Katherine Lee Baker