CALL TO WORSHIP – Isaiah 12:1-6
“You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”” (Isaiah 12:1–6, ESV)
PRAYER OF ADORATION
You are great in our midst. We recognize your greatness as we consider the world you have made. You spread the skies over us and anchored the earth beneath our feet.
We recognize your greatness in your provision for your people. When Adam and Eve rebelled against you, you did not destroy them—instead you provided a covering for their shame. Though Abraham was an idolater you called him out of his homeland and provided him with an heir, a home, and a promise that in him all the nations of the earth would be blessed. And nearly 4,000 years later, on the other side of the planet we have received the blessing of Abraham. And it’s all because you are the God who provides.
We recognize your greatness in the weight of guilt you have removed from your people. We praise you that you have never done anything half-way—but have taken all our guilt and nailed it to the cross of Jesus. And we hope in your greatness as we long for the day when Christ will return and make all things new.
Today we open our mouths to praise your great name. We sing and shout for joy—because you O God, are our God, and we are your people.
We worship you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In Jesus name we pray. AMEN!