Saturday, June 13, 2009

Invocations for Worship at Pilgrim OPC in Raleigh, NC

Here are my two invocations for tomorrow as I fill the pulpit again at Pilgrim OPC in Raleigh, NC. The one for the morning service comes from the call to worship from Psalm 48.1-2, 11.
Call to Worship:
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. Let Mount Zion be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of your judgments!

Most Gracious heavenly Father, who from all eternity have searched us out that we might know you and be to you a pleasing aroma; receive us now into the courts of your Temple in the name of Jesus Christ; accept us into your heavenly city atop your holy mountain. Grant to us the grace and strength to rejoice as Christ's disciples, and to hear his Word, that we might celebrate his mighty acts of redemption and be nourished in our faith. To you, O gracious Father, enthroned above, and to the Son, sitting at your right hand, and to the Holy Spirit, dwelling in our hearts and uniting us to you before your heavenly throne of grace, be all glory, wisdom, power and dominion, now, and again, and forevermore, world without end, Amen.
For the evening service, the invocation comes from the call to worship, which comes from Psalm 145.1-3:
Call to Worship:
I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. Psalm 145.1-3

O Father Most High, whose dwelling place is exalted above the heavens and adorns your eternal majesty and the unsearchable riches of your greatness; O Lord, you are far beyond our loftiest thoughts and innermost desires; and yet, you have condescended to draw near to us in your Son, Jesus Christ. Assemble us, therefore, in his name, whom the angels adore as the Son of the Most High, forever worshiping him, as his name is exalted above all names. Lead us, then, to take our place in that eternal worship and participate in the never ceasing praises offered to the Lamb. Guide us in all that we do, that it might be undertaken at your bidding, filled with your grace, directed by your wisdom, informed by your truth, empowered by your Spirit and accomplished to your glory. Through Christ, our Lord, whom with you and the Holy Spirit, O Father we constantly bless and magnify. To you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God from all eternity and to all eternity, Amen.

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