Jul 25, 2016

Call to Worship for Proper 13C

Here’s a call to worship inspired by the suggested scripture texts for Proper 13, Year C – especially Colossians 3 and Psalm 107. It was written by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Home Page.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Psalm 107 and Colossians 3:1-11)

If you wish to be raised up with Christ,
then seek the high ground where Christ is found.
O give thanks to God who is so good,
whose love goes on forever!

Let the redeemed all say so together,
Those who have been liberated
and gathered in from many lands.
From the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south,

We seek the high ground where Christ is found.
O give thanks to God who is so good,
whose love goes on forever!

Let us worship our wonderful God.

~ written by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Home Page. http://www.bruceprewer.com/DocC/C47sun18.htm

Call to Worship: Luke 12:19

Here’s an invitation to worship inspired by Luke 12:19, the parable of the rich fool. It was written by Rachel Hackenberg (see below for link).

Instead of a Barn
(based on Luke 12:19)

I will say to my soul,
“Soul, you have ample grace
to live absent of fear and full of love.
Now at last will you rest your worries and
welcome God’s possibilities for life?
Come, my soul, step out
into a new thing!”

~ written by Rachel Hackenberg (inspired by Luke 12 :19).  Posted on Rachel G Hackenberg. http://rachelhackenberg.com/blog/

Jul 8, 2016

Call to Worship: Colossians 1: 15-17

Come and worship Christ,
the visible image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of creation,
the eternal God:
the one through whom all things were created,
and in whom all things are held together.

This is our God!
Let’s worship together.

Prayer of Intercession: Colossians 1: 15-20

Here’s a prayer of intercession inspired by Colossians 1: 15-20.  It comes from the Iona Community.

Prayer for Others
(inspired by Colossians 1: 15-20)

O Christ, your cross speaks both to us and to our world.

In your dying for us
You accepted the pain and hurt of the whole of creation.

The arms of your cross stretch out  
Across the broken world in reconciliation.

You have made peace with us.
Helps us to make peace with you
By sharing in your reconciling work.

May we recognize your spirit
Disturbing and challenging us to care for creation
And for the poor who most feel the effects of its abuse.

O Christ, the whole of creation groans.
Set us free and make us whole. Amen.

~ from the Iona Community’s Iona Abbey Worship Book (Wild Goose Publications, Iona Community, 2001). Posted on the Yale Divinity website. http://www.yale.edu/divinity/fb/5thSundayprayers.pdf

Prayer of Intercession: 2 Corinthians 5

Here is a prayer for others inspired by 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. It was written by Ann Siddall, and posted on the website of the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre.

Pastoral Prayer
(inspired by 2 Corinthians 5:16-21)

Reconciling Christ, bless our efforts to bring about reconciliation.
Give us the strength to persevere without counting the hurts,
and to find within ourselves the capacity to keep on loving.

Give us the grace to be able to stand in the middle of situations,
and to be a conduit for the deep listening
which can lead to healing and forgiveness.

Help us to conduct ourselves with dignity,
giving and expecting respect, moving from prayer to action,
and from action back again into prayer.

Grant that we may be so grounded in your love,
that our security is not threatened if we change our minds,
or begin to see a better way to act.

Bless those who are called to reconcile on a large-scale –
politicians, world leaders, leaders of business,
and those who stand in the midst of bitter conflict.

Reconciling Christ, bless us and bless all who engage
in the sacred work of envisioning new wholeness,
and bringing people and nations together. AMEN.

~ written by Ann Siddall, and posted on the website of the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre.  http://www.stillpointsa.org.au/