The Call to Worship begins the public worship service and sets the tone for the entire worship service. It reminds us who we are and why we gather together. It can begin with a welcome or a passage of scripture or even a song. If a welcome is given it should be followed by a scripture reading. If a scripture is read first then one may follow it with a welcome and a couple of brief comments on the passage.
It is best to then conclude in prayer seeking God’s blessing on the gathering. It is to be welcoming, encouraging, can be centered on a theme, but most of all calling and reminding the people of the purpose for gathering. It can be formally read or be very informal. One can also tie it to the sermon topic if that is known ahead of time.
The Confession of Sin
The Confession of Sin is a time to remind us of our sinful nature (recall who we are apart from Christ), our continuing ongoing sinful actions, and of the abundant grace and forgiveness found in our Savior. It is not to regain forgiveness; we are already forgiven. It is not to pay penance (penalty) for our sins. It is to remind us of what He has done and to keep us humble before God. It is a time to repent (turn away from or renounce our sins).