Responsive Readings

Psalm 136:1-9, 26

Leader:        Give thanks to the LORD, for his is good.

All:              His faithful love endures forever.

Leader:        Give thanks to the God of gods.

All:               His faithful love endures forever.

Leader:        Give thanks to the Lord of lords.

All:               His faithful love endures forever.

Leader:         to him who alone does great wonders,

All:                His faithful love endures forever.

Leader:         who by his understanding made the heavens,

All:                His faithful love endures forever.

Leader:          who spread out the earth upon the waters,

All:                His faithful love endures forever.

Leader:          who made the great lights –

All:                 His faithful love endures forever.

Leader:           the sun to govern the day,

All:                 His faithful love endures forever.

Leader:            the moon and stars to govern the night.

All:                  His faithful love endures forever.

Leader:            Give thanks to the God of heaven.

All:                  His faithful love endures forever.

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hades; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

Amen.

Reading Based on the Names of God Litany.

Leader:    O God, because you are the source of all life and love and being,

All:         We call you Creator;

Leader:    Because we know the history of your presence among your covenanted people and honor your mighty works among them,

All:         We call you Lord;

Leader:    Because our Savior, Jesus Christ, your obedient Son, knew you intimately and spoke of you so,

All:          We call you Father;

Leader:    Because you hold us up and give us strength and courage when we are weak and in need,

All:          We call you Sustainer;

Leader:    Because we have known you in our pain and suffering,

All:          We call you Comforter;

Leader:    Because beyond pain lies your promise of all things made new,

All:          We call you Hope;

Leader:    Because you are the means of liberation and the way to freedom,

All:          We call you Redeemer.

All:          Blessing and power, glory and honor be unto you, our God. Amen.

Multiple Language Scripture Reading

Psalm 139:13-16 (MSG)
(ENGLISH)
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
(GERMAN)
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
(JAPANESE)
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
(SPANISH)
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared

1 Peter 1:13-16 (MSG)
(URDU)
So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives.
(KOREAN)
Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now.
(FRENCH)
As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness.
[CHINESE (Cantonese)]
God said, “I am holy; you be holy.”

John 3:5-6 (MSG)
(KISWAHILI)
Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom.
(All 9 Languages)
When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.

Reading Based on the Litany of Penitence

Leader:    Most holy and merciful Father:
I confess to you and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that I  have sinned by my own fault in thought, word, and deed; by what I have done, and by what I have left undone. I have not loved you with my whole heart, and mind, and strength. I have not loved my neighbors as myself. I have not forgiven others, as I have been forgiven.

All:            Have mercy on me, Lord.

Leader:       I have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. I have not been true to the mind of Christ. I have grieved your Holy Spirit.

All:            Have mercy on me, Lord.

Leader:      I confess to you, Lord, all my past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of my life.

All:            I confess to you, Lord.

Leader:     My self-indulgent appetites and ways, and my exploitation of other people,

All:            I confess to you, Lord.

Leader:       My anger at my own frustration, and my envy of those more fortunate than I,

All:            I confess to you, Lord.    

Leader:      My intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and my dishonesty in daily life and work,

All:            I confess to you, Lord.

Leader:      My negligence in prayer and worship, and my failure to commend the faith that is in me,

All:            I confess to you, Lord.

Leader:      Accept my repentance, Lord, for the wrongs I have done: for my blindness to human need and suffering, and my indifference to injustice and cruelty,

All:            Accept my repentance, Lord.

Leader:      For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward my neighbors, and for my prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from me,

All:            Accept my repentance, Lord.

Leader:      For my waste and pollution of your creation, and my lack of concern for those who come after us,

All:            Accept my repentance, Lord.

All:            Restore me, good Lord, and let your anger depart from me, favorably hear me for your mercy is great. Accomplish in me and all of your church the work of your salvation, that I may show forth your glory in the world. By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord, bring me with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection. Amen.

 

 Psalm 95:1-7

Leader: Come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.

All:        Let us come to him with thanksgiving.
                    Let us sing psalms of praise to him.

Leader:    For the Lord is a great God,
a great King above all gods.

All:          He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
                       and the mightiest mountains.

Leader:    The sea belongs to him, for he made it.
His hands formed the dry land, too.

All:          Come, let us worship and bow down.

Leader:    Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,
for he is our God.

All:           We are the people he watches over,
                        the flock under his care.

Psalm 66:1-4

Sing a new song to the Lord!
Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!

Sing to the Lord; praise his name.
Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.

Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.
Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.

Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
He is to be feared above all gods.

Psalm 100: 1-5

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs

Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 103

Of David.

Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—

who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,

who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.

He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;

he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.

The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;

the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.

But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—

with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.

The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.

Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.

Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.

Praise the Lord, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Psalm 96: 1-13

Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.

Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.

Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come into his courts.

Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth.

Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.

Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.

Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples in his faithfulness.