Call to Worship (from Romans 4:13-25)
The promise to Abraham and Sarah and to their descendants came through faith.
The inheritance is based on God’s grace
and is for all of us who are connected through the centuries,
connected to Abraham and Sarah and all their descendants through faith–
Faith in the God who opened Sarah’s womb,
Faith in the God who protected from flood and fire,
Faith in the God who led the people out of Egypt,
Faith in the God who sent angels and prophets,
Faith in the God who became flesh in Jesus.
We claim the inheritance of those who live by faith–
Faith in the God who gives life to the dead
Faith in the God who calls things that don’t exist into existence.
Let us worship with joy.
God of the Cross, in losing our lives, we find them in you. In sharing our resources, we enter more fully into your kingdom. May these small sacrifices we have made be multiplied and used for your glory to enact your Good News. Amen.