Call to Worship
During this autumn season, full of the bountiful harvests and plentiful food, people of faith understand that God calls all nations not only to thanksgiving for these gifts, but to repentance and a new commitment.
God calls us to repentance from a mind set that resists public responsibility for hunger in our midst and a new commitment to address the needs of hungry people in our land. We know that hunger exists and that it is growing. We also know that hunger need not exist anywhere in today’s world. And we know, beyond a shadow of any doubt, that the love of Christ calls us to do all we can to change the situation.
(Pause for silent reflection and prayer)
A Psalm of Invocation (from Psalm 67)
Leader: God, show kindness and bless us.
All: And make your face to smile on us.
Leader: For then the earth will acknowledge your ways
All: And all nations know your power to save.
Leader: Let the nations praise you, God.
All: Let the nations praise you.
Leader: Let the nations shout and sing for joy.
All: Since you bring true justice to the world.
Leader: The soil has given its harvest.
All: God, our God, has blessed us.
Leader: May God bless us, and let God be feared.
All: To the very ends of the earth!
Most of all, God, we give you thanks for the revelation of your love in Jesus Christ, who came that everyone might have abundant life. We pray in Jesus’ name. All: Amen.