- Genesis 12:1-4a speaks of God blessing Abram. Use those verses as the inspiration for a service of blessing and dedication. You could say special prayers of blessing over anyone and everyone (and everything, really).
- Psalm 121 brings a much-needed word of hope to many of the people in our pews. Invite the congregation to read the words with you, letting the promises of God sink in and take root.
- The reading from Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 uses lots of “churchy” words: justified, righteousness, law, faith, and grace. If you are going to focus on this scripture passage, you may want to be aware of how these words will connect (or not connect) with your congregation — especially with those who are young or new to the faith.
- John 3:1-17 includes one of the most familiar stories and – by far – one of the most familiar verses in all of scripture (John 3:16). Reading it from a different translation may help the words to fall on people’s ears in a new way. Or, you may want to present this text as a dramatic reading.
Call to Worship (inspired by Psalm 121)
Look up! Scan the horizon! From where will we find our salvation?
Our source of all help and all hope is the Holy One.
The Lord keeps our feet secure; the Lord keeps a watchful eye.
The Savior is our Guardian and Protector, now and always.
Prayer of Confession (inspired by Romans 4:1-5, 13-17)
God of the Ages, forgive us for depending more on our own actions than we do on you. Teach us to rely on your grace instead of ourselves, that we may demonstrate our faith through our words, thoughts, and deeds.