A Collection of ‘Call to Worship’ resources
written by Silvia Purdie, May 2015
Introduction: Call to Worship
The chatter fades. The people stop looking around to see who’s coming in late; eyes forward. Breath slows, a sigh of two. Ah… a moment of peace, a moment of expectation. How will we begin, this Sunday morning?
This moment is when we call the congregation to worship. Often we sing, but we need words too. We gather ourselves together away from our rush and lists or our pain and loneliness. We gather ourselves into the presence of God, in the company of each other.
The words in this Collection are written to help you with that. Most of them are based on specific Biblical texts (mainly Psalms and Ephesians). They are written in open, every-day language which people of all ages and abilities can connect with, while also honouring and remembering old familiar texts. They tend to be up-beat, focused on praise, focused on God, without denying life’s struggles.
Most of them are in the form of ‘call and response’, with one person leading and the congregation saying the lines in bold (easy enough to do on Powerpoint). Because everyone can both read and hear the words it’s a great opportunity to invite less experienced Readers to lead, including the young and the old and the shy. Or two readers could alternate sections, or just one reader can say it all. If the suggested format doesn’t suit you, change it. If it’s too long, just read part of it.