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Come Follow Me: The Call to Christian Discipleship

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Here are some worship resources which explore the call to discipleship.

Scripture

Matthew 4:18-22
Mark 1:14-20
Matthew 9:9
Matthew 16:24
Mark 8:34
Mark 10:21
Luke 9:23
Luke 18:22
John 12:26

Prayers

Prayer

You call us,
Wanderer of seashores and sidewalks,
inviting us to sail out of our smug harbors
into the uncharted waters of faith
to wander off from our predictable paths to follow You
into the unpredictable footsteps of the kingdom;
to leave the comfort of our homes and accompany
You into the uncomfortable neighborhoods we usually avoid.

As we wait,
in our simple, sometimes crazy,
constantly uncertain lives,
speak to us, Spirit of Grace:
of that hope which is our anchor;
of that peace which is our rock;
of that grace which is our refuge.

~ from a worship order prepared by Rev. Bob Gibson for the London Conference of the United Church of Canada.
http://www.londonconference.ca/

Gospel Reflection

Jesus called
Simon and Andrew.
No questions,
they dropped their nets.
James and John left their boats
and left their father
sitting in
one.
Jesus,
we hear you calling us.
We want to leave our boats
and drop our nets.
Help us let
go.

~ written by Anne Osdieck. Posted on The Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University website.
http://liturgy.slu.edu/3OrdB012212/main.html

Prayer of the Day

Keeper of every moment in eternity:
we come, not only to hear those words which can transform us,
but to be filled with your grace and hope.
We have come, not out of habit, but to respond to your call,
willing to be called away from the familiar ways of our lives.

Walker of our journeys,
in the midst of our harried lives,
you call us to lay aside all that entangles us,
to follow you into service to others.
You invite us to step into the waters of life and hope,
reaching out to draw others to our side so, that together,
we might enter your kingdom of laughter and joy.

When uncertainty fills every block in our daily planners,
you come, Grace's Companion,
to offer that hope which anchors us in God's heart;
to place our feet firmly on that rock called peace;
to bring us safely to that haven filled with God's steadfast love.

God in Community, Holy in One,
Rock of every age,
we offer the prayer Jesus has taught us,
Our Father . . .

~ written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies.
http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.ca/

Prayer of Commitment

Lord Jesus,
the one and only Christ,
You called many people
from many walks of life—
to leave their own ways and follow you;
to be your disciples;
and to prize people as something to seek, find and restore.

Lord Jesus,
the one true leader of every church,
we choose to stand as one church – your church –
and to lift our focus from our differences and divides.
We will leave our own ways and follow you together;
support each other as we seek to be your disciples;
and work together to focus on fishing once more.

For we must act justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly together before you – and each other.
For the sake of our worship of you,
our love for each other,
and the future and freedom of all those still living in poverty.

Lord Jesus,
we ask for your Spirit's help with this
for we are quick to focus on ourselves, our labels and our differences
rather than the same nets in our hands, and the same leader before us.
Christ have mercy—in your precious name which unites us all.

Amen.

— from the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website.
http://www.christianaid.org.uk/resources/churches/prayer/church-seasons.aspx

Spoken Resources

Intergenerational Call to Worship

For just this hour,
Follow me
Listen to my word
Follow me
Think about your life as my disciple every day
Follow me
Pray
Follow me
Sing
Follow me
Come, let us worship God!

~ Christine Longhurst

Intergenerational Closing

As you go out into the world
Follow me
At home with your household
Follow me
At school and work
Follow me
In everything you do this week
Follow me
And as you do, remember that I am with you always,
even to the end of the world.

~ written by Carolyn Brown, and posted Worshiping with Children.
http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.ca/

Call to Worship

We come as seekers,
Unsure of what we seek.
We come as followers,
Not understanding the One we follow.
We come to worship,
Even though we don’t know how.
Holy One, by your grace,
Meet us where we are.
Meet us here. Meet us now.

Amen.

~ posted by Joanna Harader on Spacious Faith.
http://spaciousfaith.com/

Songs

Traditional Hymn: O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee

Worship Together #609

O Master, let me walk with Thee,
In lowly paths of service free;
Tell me Thy secret; help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move
By some clear, winning word of love;
Teach me the wayward feet to stay,
And guide them in the homeward way.

Teach me Thy patience; still with Thee
In closer, dearer, company,
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
In trust that triumphs over wrong.

In hope that sends a shining ray
Far down the future’s broadening way,
In peace that only Thou canst give,
With Thee, O Master, let me live.

~ Washington Gladden

Contemporary Song: I Will Follow

All Your ways are good
All Your ways are sure
I will trust in You alone
Higher than my sight
High above my life
I will trust in You alone

Where You go I'll go
Where You stay I'll stay
When You move I'll move
I will follow You
Whom You love I'll love
How You serve I'll serve
If this life I lose
I will follow You
Yeah I will follow You yeah

Light into the world
Light into my life
I will live for You alone
You're the One I seek
Knowing I will find
All I need in You alone
In You alone

In You there's life everlasting
In You there's freedom for my soul
In You there's joy unending joy
And I will follow

~ Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan. Words copyright © 2010 SHOUT! Music Publishing, sixsteps Music, worshiptogether.com songs. Vamos Publishing,Sony/ATV Timber Publishing. CCLI Song #5806878. If you use this song in worship, be sure to report it on your CCLI license.

Listen to it here: http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=1816362

Contemporary Song: No Turning Back

This is my heart cry
Though none go with me
The cross before me
The world behind me

I will follow You
I will follow You
No turning back
No turning back

This is my anthem
My life for Your fame
My every move bring
Glory to Your name

The cross before me
The world behind me
I will follow, I will follow

~ Chris Tomlin.Copyright © 2012 sixsteps Music / worshiptogether.com Songs / Vamos Publishing (ASCAP) / Valley Of Songs Music (BMI) (Admin. at EMICMGPublishing.com) / Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / West Main Music / Windsor Hill Music (SESAC) / Thankyou Music (PRS). CCLI Song #6223807. If you use this song in worship, be sure to report it on your CCLI license.

Listen to it here: http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=1903506

Contemporary Song: I Will Follow

Jesus, you have called us:
Come, follow me,
take up your cross,
deny yourself
and live.

Jesus, I am willing
though I am weak;
I'll trust you
and I'll go where you lead.

I will follow,
I will follow,
I will follow
where you lead.

Jesus, you have shown us
how we should live:
in sacrifice,
humility
and love.

Jesus, I am willing
though I am weak;
I'll follow you
with your Spirit in me.

~ Joel Payne. Copyright © RESOUNDworship.org. Administered by The Jubilate Group. CCLI Song #6139173. If you use this song in worship, be sure to report it on your CCLI license.

Listen to it here: http://www.resoundworship.org/song/jesus_you_have_called_us

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Notes

This worship resource was created/compiled by Christine Longhurst. You are welcome to use it free of charge, and where appropriate, please note the source. If you are printing any of the resources for distribution, please print the source as well. The content of the worship resource does not necessarily represent the views of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, which oversees the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. For more worship resources by Christine Longhurst, see http://www.re-worship.blogspot.ca or http://www.faithmatters.ca.

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