- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 is a story of hope. God does not only call the biggest and strongest and or oldest among us: God often calls those whom the world may otherwise overlook. Are there people or groups in your congregation that are often overlooked? Celebrate the gifts that they bring and offer a blessing (and perhaps an anointing) during worship.
- Invite members of the congregation to pantomime the actions described in Psalm 23 (lie down, leads me, prepare a table, etc.) as you read it.
- Ephesians 5:8-14 contrasts living in “darkness” with living as people of “light”. If you have the ability to adjust the lighting in your worship space, make the space brighter (use more light) as you offer the Declaration of Forgiveness or when you read the Scriptures. Also, use a variety of light sources in your worship display.
- John 9:1-41 is a powerful story of healing and grace. It is also a story that demonstrates what happens when we start acting as though we know better than Christ: we end up driving out people whom Jesus loves and calls.
Call to Worship (inspired by Ephesians 5:8-14)
In Christ, we are people of light.
We will shine, reflecting the light of our Maker.
Get up, children of God!
We are alive, and the light of Christ shines through us!
Prayer of Confession (inspired by Ephesians 5:8-14)
Radiant God, your Light has illuminated our lives. Yet, we confess that we often close our eyes and live in the dark. Expose the secrets that we try to keep, O Lord. Wake us up to live in Light of Christ.