Call to Worship: Rock & Refuge

Here’s a call to worship based on Psalm 18, a great prayer of David, that emphasizes God as rock, refuge, and savior.  Biblical text from the CEB.  Following are a couple possible prayers to pair with the responsive reading.

Responsive Reading: Psalm 18:1-2, 27-30, 46

I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my solid rock, my fortress, my rescuer.

My God is my rock— I take refuge in him!— he’s my shield, my salvation’s strength, my place of safety.

You are the one who saves people who suffer and brings down those with proud eyes.

You are the one who lights my lamp— the Lord my God illumines my darkness. With you I can charge into battle; with my God I can leap over a wall.

God! His way is perfect; the Lord’s word is tried and true. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.

The Lord lives! Bless God, my rock! Let the God of my salvation be lifted high!

Prayer

We sing your praise, God, for you are our protection and our freedom.  Only you.  By the power of your Spirit, may your strength enable our strength and your Word shape our words.  Enable us to love you, serve you, and follow you so that our lives may demonstrate the redeeming love of Jesus, in whose name we pray and come before you in worship.  Amen.

Alternate Prayer

God, there is you, and there is everything else.  Nothing compares to you.  No one comes close.  In agreement with David, we say with confidence and praise, “With you we can meet any challenge and overcome any obstacle.”  As you were for David then, be for us today a solid rock, a safe fortress, a strong rescuer.  For this, we worship you—the living, saving God who rules over all.  In the name of Jesus we pray and come before you in worship.  Amen.

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