(For the record, I hate to miss a hymn sing. My consolation is that I am worshiping and singing with thousands of Mennonites in Pittsburgh, PA this week.)
Call to Worship (from Psalms 95 and 92):
Come, let us sing to Yahweh;
Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into the Divine presence with thanksgiving;
Let us make a joyful noise to God with songs of praise!
It is good to give you thanks, O Yahweh;
To sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O God, have made us glad by your work;
At the works of your hands we sing for joy.
Holy, Creating, Creative God,
We sing from the depths of our sorrow.
We sing from the abundance of our joy.
We sing in voices separate and unique.
We sing with one voice as your body.
May the words of our mouths, whether in speech or song,
and the meditations of our hearts, whether in prose or poetry,
be pleasing in your sight. Amen.
Benediction (from Psalm 63)
We came earnestly seeking God;
we go forth having known God in this place.
May you know, throughout the week,
God’s love that is better than life.
Praise God with singing lips.
Think of the Holy One through the watches of the night.
Sing joyfully in the shadow of her wings.
Photo Credit: Mennonite Weekly Review