Call to Worship
One: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
All: In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
One: In the beginning the Spirit of God swept over the face of the waters.
All: In the beginning God said, “Let us make humankind in our image.”
One: And so we came into being, created by God who exists in community.
All: We are here as God’s community to worship the Source of our being.
Unity Prayer of Confession
One: Holy God, We were created in your image,
an image of mutuality and respect for one another;
an image of a dance ever moving, ever in tune one with others;
an image of community with shared blessing and mission.
You have given us dominion over the work of your hands.
You have charged us to be fruitful and multiply,
to make disciples of all nations.
All: Forgive us God; we have denied our purpose.
We have abused the earth’s resources for our own selfish gain
and the consequences wreak havoc upon the fish of the sea,
the birds of the air and every living thing that moves upon the earth.
One: Forgive us God; we have defiled your image.
We have regarded some of your children as “other”
and therefore beyond the reach of your love and care
because their professed faith in you, or lack thereof,
is different from our own.
All: Forgive us God; for we have sinned.
Words of Assurance
One: God desires to see broken relationships restored
and has heard our prayer.
In the name of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit,
we are forgiven.
One: Thanks be to God.