LGBTQ related

A Queer Call to Worship (1)

Strange One. Fabulous One. Fluid and ever becoming One.
Do not allow us to make our ideas of you into an idol.
You are as close to us as our own breath and yet, your essence transcends all that we can imagine.
You are mother, father, and parent. You are sister, brother, and sibling. You are drag queen, and trans man, and gender-fluid - incapable of limiting your vast expressions of beauty.
Embodied in us, your creation, we recognize our flesh in all its forms is made holy in You. With thanksgiving, we celebrate your manifestation in all its glorious forms.
Blessed are our bodies. Blessed is our love. Blessed are we when we celebrate that which the world turns away. Fill our hearts with a pride rooted in resistance to all that seeks to destroy.
May we delight in the ways you have created us: diverse, unique, surprising, and beautiful. Thanks be to God!
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A Queer Call to Worship (2)

Listen! Listen for the voice of God, naming us all: Holy. Beloved. Cherished. Valued.
We believe you delight in us!
Make us people who recognize and proclaim your beauty and goodness in unexpected places.
Surprise us. Challenge us. Change us. Make known to us the people and places and ideas we have hardened our hearts against.
We trust in you, Holy One, to reveal to us the sacredness of every life, of every way of being, of every physical manifestation of your Spirit.
May it be so!


A prayer to the One who is Queer

Queer One.
You are the strangest of us all.
For centuries we have tried to encapsulate you with words and ideas, and yet, you just keep spilling over every boundary we construct.
Just when we think we’ve got you figured out, you surprise us, confront us, bewilder us.
You make “strange” sacred.
Like the queer creations you delight in, you are so ordinary and everyday while simultaneously outside of the norm, the definable, the respectable.
We are so used to looking for you in the people, places, and actions that don’t challenge us.
And so, when you took on flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, we called you queer.
Because of the ways you loved, the people you hung out with, the borders you transgressed, you were named: freak. abomination. godless.
When we are uncomfortable with the way others love and look and live, especially when it challenges our conceptions of you, we join our ancestors in condemning you all over again.
We struggle to learn our lesson. In all the ways you are queer, our lives are more enriched by the invitation to deepen and broaden our understanding of what is holy.
May we be summoned into the same joyful reflection when we encounter queerness wherever it manifests. To follow you, O God, is anything but a straight path.
Give us the courage to go in whatever directions we are led by love. And if we find that others begin to think us peculiar as well, remind us of the good company we share.
In the name of the One who transgresses every norm that binds, May it be so.(Download a pdf version here)


A call to worship that acknowledges violence

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 bare to speak.

(silence)

Jesus Christ, lover of all,

People: bring healing, bring peace.