Calls to Worship

Call to Worship #1

One: Long ago in Galilee, there were many who were sick and suffering, isolated and oppressed. Wherever there was pain - you were there in solidarity and empowering liberation. We see and experience the same realities today. In the margins, in the hard, in the alone - you are there too. Confident of your commitment to wholeness and healing, we lift before you the wounds inflicted on your beloved queer and trans children. We name the rejection we have felt- from our churches, from our families and friends. We name that many of us wondered if you too had rejected us. 

Jesus Christ, lover of all,

People: bring healing, bring peace.

One: We grieve the reality of a broken church that has been used as a place of harm rather than a safe harbor. So much pain has been inflicted. So many lies have been spread about God. In a church whose purpose is grounded in embrace, liberation, resistance, and community, instead it has enacted spiritual violence on children and adults alike.

Jesus Christ, lover of all,

People: bring healing, bring peace.

One: We hold in this space, those who have endured the worst of what the world has to offer. Those of every generation who have faced violence, the breaking of relationships, the fading of hope when basic needs go unmet.  

Jesus Christ, lover of all,

People: bring healing, bring peace.

One: In silence, we name within ourselves, the things we cannot bear to speak.

(silence)

Jesus Christ, lover of all,

People: bring healing, bring peace.


Call to Worship #2

Since the beginning, God has been relentlessly pursuing us in love.
Though our faithfulness ebbs and flows, God’s love endures forever.
Taking on flesh like ours, God became one with humanity in the person of Jesus Christ.
God lived and moved and ministered in the margins of power.
God incarnate was not what we expected. We did not recognize God in Jesus.Still, we struggle to recognize God with us.
And yet, God continues to dwell in our midst. Thanks be to God.


 Call to Worship #3

From the dust of the earth, the Holy One breathed us into life.
Through the breath of God we are all connected.
Shaped in her image, God formed us with a purpose:
To create
To serve
To tend
To protect
To love
That life may flourish in all its forms,
May the Spirit of the Living God be manifest in us!