Feb 28, 2017

Call to Worship for the Beginning of Lent

Here’s an opening call to worship (with optional visuals) for the beginning of the Lenten season.  It was written by Roddy Hamilton.

Setting the Scene for Lent

A table ready to receive a pile of sand, a cross, a purple cloth, a candle blown out, a bible and some pebbles. Place these on the table during these words.

The dust that shapes the journey,
the cross that guides it,
the colour that surrounds it,
the light that fades through it,
the word that foretells it,
the wilderness that invites it.

This is Lent,
and into its wilderness
God calls us.

Come,
brothers and sisters,
Christ is heading for Jerusalem.

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website.  http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/

Feb 25, 2017

Benediction for Lent

May we find the road that leads to life;
may we take the turns that brings right relationships;
may we pause to accompany others on the way;
and may we journey with God through Lent,
and long for the horizon and dawn.

And the grace.

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website.  http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/

Affirmation: Is this what you believe?

Here’s a responsive affirmation of faith from Roddy Hamilton. It was posted on Mucky Paws.

 

Affirmation of Faith:

Is this what you believe?

 

We believe The Word is not bound by ink and paper
but is set free in us
to dream new dreams and unfold new adventures.
Is this what you believe?
Yes this is what we believe

We believe the life God gives
is not celebrated in rules
but is celebrated in our diversity.
Is this what you believe?
Yes this is what we believe

We believe that as the sun sets in one land
it rises in another
handing over the prayers of the world
from one to another.
Is this what you believe?
Yes this is what we believe

We believe the story of faith comes alive
in the communities we grow
but is hurt by the barriers we build.
Is this what you believe?
Yes this is what we believe

We believe transformation is a gift from God
which is never complete
and longs to be set free in us.
Is this what you believe?
Yes this is what we believe

We believe resurrection is heaven’s conspiracy
to redeem all that is evil
and bring to life all that is good.
Is this what you believe?
Yes this is what we believe

We believe justice is God’s unravelling
of all that hurts, oppresses and dulls life in each other.
Is this what you believe?
Yes this is what we believe

We believe that a spark lights a flame
which kindles an idea
that ignites a moment.
We all have a spark within us.
Is this what you believe?
Yes this is what we believe

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws. http://www.nkchurch.org.uk/index.php/mucky-paws

Prayer Reflection: The Dust's Redemption

Here’s a thoughtful reflection on dush and ash. It was written by Rachel Hackenberg, and posted on RevGalBlogPals.

Reflection:
The Dust’s Redemption
(inspired by Genesis 3:19, Ecclesiastes 12:7, Genesis 15:5)

still looking for redemption in the dust
still sorting through these ashes for meaning
like spreading out puzzle pieces on a table or
kneeling down to draw on the ground,
tracing lines in the dirt that extend
back to the dust promised to Abraham,
who sat down and tried to count each particle
when God said his offspring would be so numerous
and here I am: a dusty offspring, grateful if mystified
that dust and ashes matter to the almighty God,
that a clump of dirt can be breathed into life;
I wonder if the scatteredness I feel
is the memory of my dust
recalling its fellowship with all dust
when we were spread out on the ground together
being pushed and shoved and counted
by the finger of Abraham;
if there is meaning in these ashes
perhaps it can be found not only in the Breath
but also in the camaraderie of dust to dust
and ashes to ashes.

~ written by Rachel Hackenberg, and posted on RevGalBlogPals. http://revgalblogpals.org/author/rachelhackenberg/

Feb 21, 2017

Call to Worship for Transfiguration

Here’s a responsive call to worship for Transfiguration Sunday from Rev. Rob Smith of the Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-9,
Luke 9:28-36, 2 Peter 1:16-18)

Beyond our busyness,
Above the cold winter floor
there is a glory rising born of heaven
and reaching out to each one of us

a light that shines through the clouds
an invitation seeking all of who we are
that transfigures the world

that transforms darkness into hope
that brings life from a cross
where old life ends and new life is born

In glory Jesus meets us here
raising us from depths of valley to the height of the mountain
carrying the weight of our humanity
to the heights of heavens glory.

Let us worship from the mountain and hear again
“This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”

~ written by Rev. Rob Smith, Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church, Apple Valley, MN