Rejoicing in Troubled Times
Call to Worship
L: We have great joy in Christ our Lord who calls and heals us.
P: For a while we lamented our sufferings,
L: Yet we are reminded that suffering produces endurance.
P: Endurance produces character.
L: Character produces hope.
P: And Hope does not disappoint us. Praise be to God! Amen.
Loving God, we witness your glory all around us, in the heavens and in your world. Open our hearts to the work of your Spirit, that we may love you and serve you faithfully all our days. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Old Testament Reading
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
New Testament Reading
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.