Liturgy of Assurance

We used this liturgy in a worship service centering around the text of Abram’s call. Previously, we had been walking through the first 11 other chapters of Genesis. So, we used Hebrews 11 as a model for a congregational response about faith.

My only reservation is the masculine character of the stories included, but this is also a problem for the Hebrews passage. Characters like Eve, Sarai/Sarah, and Hagar could be considered for inclusion. 

It works in the liturgical cycle for Year C on Proper 14 after Pentecost or in Year A on Proper 5 after Pentecost. 

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Reader: Faith is the foundation of hope, the assurance of the unseen.

Congregation: By faith, we know that God’s Word built this world.

Reader: By faith, we know that the world is good.

Congregation: By faith, we know that we’re meant to be together.

Reader: By faith, we know  that we’re meant for each other.

Congregation: By faith, we know that not everything is good. 

[Pause for Silent Meditation]

Reader: Faith is the foundation of hope, the assurance of the unseen.

Congregation: So our ancestors testified.

Reader: By faith, Abel brought to God a greater sacrifice than Cain.

Congregation: Though he died, he speaks.

Reader: By faith, Noah built an ark for the deliverance of the world.

Congregation: Though he died, he speaks. 

Reader: By faith, Abram heard his call and went.

Congregation: Though he died, he speaks. 

Reader: Faith is the foundation of hope, the assurance of the unseen.

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