We recently covered the portion of the Sermon on the Mount on lust and sexuality. I knew leading up to this Sunday that the “confession” portion would need extra attention and care, and that the Call to Worship would need to connect the dots topically as directly as possible. To that end, the prayer below was used for our Call to Worship, a prayer I found and adapted for our Sunday.
Lord Jesus Christ,
We confess that you are our Creator (John 1:3)
including our minds, hearts, souls, and sexuality.
We confess that you are our Savior,
that you have ransomed us with your blood (1 Corinthians 15:3, Matthew 20:28).
We have been bought with the blood of Jesus Christ;
our life and our bodies belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:19–20).
Jesus, we present ourselves to you now t
o be made whole and holy in every way,
including our sexuality and the desires of our hearts.
You ask us to present our bodies to you as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1)
and the parts of our bodies as instruments of righteousness (Romans 6:13).
Worship Leader: The Lord of all creation knows all, sees all, and yet still loves His people.
(here the prayer moves to individual emphasis)
I offer you our body,
my sexuality, my gender
and my sexual nature to you.
Be Lord over all of me Jesus Christ.
I desire the joy and fullness that only comes from walking with you.