A call to worship for winter

This past Sunday, Trinity Sunday and the first of winter, we gathered at CSBC fully expecting there would be no power. The electricity service was to be cut for the morning. So we came with our blankets, our thermoses and our candles ready for the dark and cold. Our sanctuary filled with candle light, the expected darkness never came. Partly relieved (and partly disappointed), we took our blankets home again but perhaps a little more aware of the good gifts of God we so often take for granted.

This was our call to worship:

God our Creator and our Provider,
on this winter morning we gather here in faith.
In candle light and in the warmth of your goodness
we meet to hear your voice,
to feel your presence,
and to know your truth.

We come to sing, to pray, to worship and to listen.
We come to know you better and to praise your name.

God our Sustainer and our Redeemer,
on this winter morning we gather here in hope.
In candle light and in the assurance of your grace
we meet to confess our need,
to name our frailty,
and to know your forgiveness.

We come to seek, to confess, to name our doubt and our faith. We come to know you better and to rest in your mercy.

God our Lord and our King,
on this winter morning we gather here in obedience.
In candle light and in the demand of your justice
we meet to declare our allegience,
to reaffirm our commitment,
and to heed your call.

We come to discern and to listen.
We come to know you better and to live in your righteousness.

God our Friend and our Companion,
on this winter morning we gather here in love.
In candle light and the certainty of your embrace
we meet to celebrate our community,
to share our lives,
and to be one in Christ.

We come to express the faith we share.
We come to know you better and to celebrate your love.
Amen.

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