Haggai 1:1-14 (15) OR 2Chronicles 19:4-20:30
Psalm 107: (1-3) 10-16, 23-32 (33-37) 38-42 (43)
Matthew 27: (45-49) 50-56
CALL TO WORSHIP [see 2Chronicles 20; from GREATER ATTENTION: LERW, YEAR D]
Listen to me, you chosen of God!
Believe in the LORD and you will be established;
believe his prophets; sing to the LORD and praise him in holy splendor:
“Give thanks to the LORD,
for his steadfast love endures forever.”
For thus says the LORD to you:
“Do not fear or be dismayed at your enemies;
for the battle is not yours; it belongs to God.
It is not for you to fight, but only to stand still
and see the victory of the LORD on your behalf.”
“We will not fear or be dismayed;
For the LORD our God is with us.”
OPENING PRAYER [from GREATER ATTENTION: LERW, YEAR D]
O LORD our God, surely your Spirit rejoices when your children walk and love one another in the truth. Draw near to us, we pray, speak to and support your people, that we may be faithful to the truth, that it may go well with us in body, soul, and spirit, and that we, your church, might be healthy co-workers with the truth, supporting those saints and servants of the gospel who testify and journey for the sake of Christ, blessing them in a manner worthy of your most holy name.