Category Archives: Calls to Worship

From last Sunday’s worship: We together are God’s temple

God's temple
1 Corinthians 3:16

 

From last Sunday’s worship:

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?

– 1 Corinthians 3:16 (TNIV)

“We believe that powers of evil cannot kill God… God walks on free!” (call to worship July 21)


Last week’s CALL to WORSHIP:

We believe that horizons of hope are never fixed.
They always move beyond, in the creativity of God.
We believe that powers of evil cannot kill God.
God walks on free and leaps ahead of us in the risen Christ of faith.
We believe that the Spirit can never be confined.
She dances forth in the world and is found in surprising places, leading us on until the end of time. (Adapted/D McRae-McMahon/bst)

We say, “In God I trust, I am not afraid” (call to worship June 17)


the call to worship from last Sunday’s worship:

To those who shout with bitter words and prejudiced hearts, we say,
In God I trust, I am not afraid.
To the voices within that doubt and fear, we say
In God I trust, I am not afraid.
To the forces of prejudice, to homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, we say
In God I trust, I am not afraid.
To the diseases of heart, mind and body, we say,
In God I trust, I am not afraid.
God of Justice, God of beauty,
Holy Creator of us all,
In you we put our trust; to you we call this day.
Be with us as we worship.

keep the faith! (call to worship June 10)

Last Sunday’s call to worship, in celebration of Pridetide:

Until those who seek to oppress us have ceased from their ways:
Keep the faith!
Until the government leaves our families alone and protects our children:
Keep the faith!
Until we can marry those we love:
Keep the faith!
Until hatred and prejudice are banished from our vocabularies:
Keep the faith!
Until the doors of all churches and temples and houses of faith open wide in welcome to all people:
Keep the faith!
Spirit of Compassion, Seeker of Goodness, keep our faith strong until the day when justice rolls down like the waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. May we be shapers and seekers and doers of justice all the days of our lives. Amen.

find in this people a family (call to worship Mar 18)

the call to worship from tonight’s worship service:

We bid you welcome, who come with wary spirit seeking rest.
Who come with troubles that are too much with you, who come hurt and afraid.
We bid you welcome, who come with hope in your heart.
Who come with anticipation in your step, who come proud and joyous.
We bid you welcome, who are seekers of new faith.
Who come to probe and explore. Who come to learn.
We bid you welcome, who enter into this hall as a homecoming.
Who have found here room for your spirit. Who find in this people a family.
Who ever you are, whatever you are, wherever you are on your journey.
We bid you welcome.

life upon earth rose to love (call to worship Feb 11)

the call to worship from tonight’s worship service:

Out of the stars in their flight, out of the dust of eternity, here have we come, stardust and sunlight, mingling through time and through space.

Out of the stars have we come, up from time; Out of the stars have we come.

Time out of time before time in the vastness of space, earth spun to orbit the sun, Earth with the thunder of mountains newborn, the boiling of seas.

Earth warmed by sun, lit by sunlight: This is our home; out of the stars have we come.

Mystery hidden in mystery, back through time; Mystery rising from rocks in the storm and the sea.

Out of the stars, rising from rocks and the sea, kindled by sunlight on earth, arose life.

Ponder this thing in your heart; ponder with awe: Out of the sea to the land, out of the shallows came ferns.

Out of the sea to the land, up from darkness to light, rising to walk and to fly, out of the sea trembled life.

Ponder this thing in your heart, life up from sea: Eyes to behold, throats to sing, mates to love.

Life from the sea, warmed by sun, washed by rain, life from within, giving birth, rose to love.

This is the wonder of time; this is the marvel of space; out of the stars swung the earth; life upon earth rose to love.

This is the marvel of life, rising to see and to know; Out of your heart, cry wonder: sing that we live. Robert Weston/slt

we incarnate God in the world (call to worship, Feb 4)

the call to worship from Sunday night’s worship service:

We celebrate that where people are gathered together in love, God is present and good things happen and life is full.

We celebrate that we are immersed in mystery that our lives are more than they seem, that we belong to each other and to a universe of great creative energies, whose source and destiny is God.

We celebrate that the spirit of God beat in the heart of Jesus of Nazareth and God’s good news was heard by the broken and wounded.

We are glad that the spirit of peace is present with us, the church, as we gather to celebrate our common existence, and the fidelity of God.

And most deeply we believe that in our struggle to love, we incarnate God in the world.

And so aware of mystery and wonder, caught in friendship and laughter, we become speechless before the joy in our hearts as we celebrate the sacredness of life.

fill this sacred space (call to worship for Jan 28th)

the call to worship from Sunday night’s worship service:

Fold up the newspaper. Turn off the kettle. Close up your diary already filled with dates, and times, and people, and places that claim you. This congregation is ready for you to fill this sacred space, to create its spirit, to generate its warmth, to kindle its light. (Adapted/David Blanchard)

Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life in the presentness of God.

Lighting of candle: Divine spark from sacred dark, Symbol of our holy intent, illuminate this hour. (Kathy Huff)

AMEN

Who will carry the light if we do not? (Call to worship for Jan 14th)

The call to worship from January 14th. (We passed a candle around the sanctuary while we said these words.)

In the beginning, the universe was dark and cold. And the Spirit hovered and brooded and whispered: “Let there be life!” In the beginning God said: “Let there be light!” In the beginning the Word was spoken and light and life came into being! In the beginning God looked at all that had been made and saw that it was very good. In the beginning… In the beginning…

In the beginning…

After the beginning, God handed the light to human beings.

And they handed the light on to their children.

And their children handed the light on to their children, who handed it on to their children, who handed it on to their children.

And to their children.

The light shone in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it… And some took the light into desert places. And some took the light into city places. And some to the east. And some to the west. And some to the north and the south. The light waits.

Who will keep the light burning in our day? Who will take the light into the world?

Who will carry the light if we do not? Whom, then, shall the Lord send?

Here we are. Send us.

Breathing in, breathing out, God patiently shapes our fragile, earthen vessels into members of the eternal, grace-filled Body of Christ.

the call to worship from last night’s worship service:

Breathing in, breathing out, the Spirit of God calls us to this time and place.

Breathing in, breathing out, we practice living in the presence of God.

Breathing in, breathing out, we practice loving as God loves the world.

Breathing in, breathing out, God patiently shapes our fragile, earthen vessels into members of the eternal, grace-filled Body of Christ.

Welcome to the season of Epiphany!

P.S. The air-wind-breath imagery of this call to worship was especially appropriate last night. First, we worshipped in the main sanctuary due to a gas and/or heating issue in our sanctuary (I arrived late, so I’m not exactly up on what the problem was.) And then, while we worshipped, the wind outside squeeeeeealed and rattled the stained-glass windows. I took it all as God’s way of helping me remember to relax into the Holy Spirit, to relax into the Power of God, God’s Wind, God’s Breath.

Spirit of God, send forth your light, your flame, your healing, and your strength

the call to worship from last night’s worship service:

facing East: Spirit of God, who in the beginning of time moved upon the face of the waters, we call upon you, wind of east, of the air, creative source, golden eagle of the dawn, whirlwind, star-abiding one, rising sun: come by the air that is your breath. . . send forth your light. . . be among us now.

facing South: Spirit of God, who frees us and calls us to the continuing task of liberation, we call upon you, wind of the south, wind of fire, flaming one, summer warmth, spark of life, wind of change and hope, come by the fire that is your power. . . send forth your flame. . . be among us now.

facing West: Spirit of God, who gives us birth, who nurtures and sustains us, we call upon you, wind of the west, wind of water, rain maker, grey robed twilight, evening star, gentle breeze, touch of compassion, come by the water of birth and renewal, send forth your healing. . . be among us now.

facing North: Spirit of God, in whom we live and move and have our being, we call upon you, wind of the north, wind of earth, cornerstone of all power, stone, mountain, fertile field, north star, center of the whirling midnight sky, come by the earth that is your body. . . send forth your strength. . . be among us now.

All: Spirit of God, of creation, of liberation, of healing, of strength, we seek you beyond the borders of time, where night and day, birth and death, joy and sorrow meet as one. Come, be among us now.

love was visible in a child

Chi Ro Rainbowthe call to worship from our Christmas Eve service (shared with the Unitarians):

On this day new joy entered our world.
May we try by our lives to share joy with others each day.
On this day fresh hope entered our world.
May we bring hope to those who are heavily burdened.
On this day love was visible in a child;
May we show our love for others in concrete ways of friendship and service.
On this day the promise of peace on earth was proclaimed.
May we be lovers of peace and demonstrate this love by reflective responses to life’s challenges and trials.
Son of God, light that shines in the dark, child of joy and peace, help us to come to you and be born anew this holy night.

Welcome to the season of Christmas!

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