Gathering Song: The Family of God
Call To Worship – from Psalm 140
LEADER: Protect me, God, from the unkind; from those of violence, keep vigilant watch, those who intend to make me stumble.
PEOPLE: I said to God: â€œYou are the wellspring of my strength!â€ Open your ears, Holy One, to my cry.
LEADER: God, my Upholder, you are the strength behind my salvation. You cover my head with comfort on the day when disaster strikes.
PEOPLE: A person with hateful tongue will never be at peace in the land.
LEADER: Those of violenceâ€”their own evil will hunt them down thrust upon thrust.
PEOPLE: I know what God will doâ€”
LEADER: You stand up for the afflicted, bringing down judgment on behalf of the poor.
ALL: Only the righteous are grateful for your name; only the honest can dwell in your presence.
Pamela Greenberg, â€œThe Complete Psalmsâ€