Your Heavy Burden is Lifted

Clouds hung close to the earth.
A boulder weighed heavy upon us.

And they wept. 

And hid. 

On the third day, the sun emerges. The tomb is empty.
The weight of the boulder lifts from our shoulders.

With great fear and excitement,
they hurried to tell the others.

Your heavy burden is lifted.
Be transformed, you people of God!

Hope lives!
Love lives!
Christ lives!

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Posted in Call to Worship, Easter, Matthew, Matthew 28, Matthew 28:1-10, New Testament

We Are Goats & Sheep

We are goats.
We are sheep.
We are sheep and goats.

We make decisions.
We take actions.
What we do matters.

We gather to worship.
We gather to learn and be inspired.
We commune together,
and leave to serve and love.

We are goats.
We are sheep.
We make decisions and take actions.
We are sheep and goats.
What we do matters.

Let us worship and serve.
Amen.

Posted in Call to Worship, Matthew, Matthew 25, Matthew 25:31-46, New Testament

He Rode Into the City

He rode into the city like an earthly king.

Jesus was so much more.

They waved branches and lay down their cloaks.

Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna!

He entered the Temple.

And overturned tables and threw the money changers out!

My house shall be a place of prayer and faithfulness to God.

Let us make this house, a place worthy of Christ. Amen.

Posted in Call to Worship, Matthew, Matthew 21, Matthew 21:1-17, New Testament, Palm Sunday, Palm/Passion Sunday

Anoint us, O God (short)

*Call to Worship responsive

We gather to worship the One whose love knows no bounds.
We gather in unity with friends from other churches.
Anoint us, O God!

But our hearts are heavy. Outside these walls the world is fragmentation and despair.
We call out, “Fix it for us!”
Anoint us, O God!

Places of worship are no longer sanctuaries from violence and xenophobia. Our children practice active shooter drills in their classrooms.
We call out, “Fix it for us!”
Anoint us, O God!

Terrorism. War. Hunger. Poverty. White supremacy. Climate change. Loss of civil discourse. Hatred.
We call out, “Fix it for us!”
Anoint us, O God!

We live in a scary place and time. Closed minds and hardened hearts abound. We, too, are not the people you call us to be.
We call out, “Fix it for us!”
Anoint us, O God!

Moment of Silence.

And you remind us that death and resurrection are the way of creation.
Anoint us with hope, O God! 

You remind us that the path to Easter is through Good Friday.
Anoint us with trust, O God!

You call us to love you whole heartedly, with all our strength and being, and love our neighbors as ourselves. (Mark 12:30-31)
Anoint us with love, O God!

You call us to love faithfully and do justice in our fragmented world. (Micah 6:8)
Anoint us with humility, O God!

Praise be to the One who shows us the way!
Amen.

Posted in Call to Worship, Deuteronomy, Deuteronomy 15:4-11, Lent, Matthew, Matthew 26, Matthew 26:6-13

We are goats. We are sheep.

*Call to Worship 

We are goats.
We are sheep.
We are sheep and goats.

We make decisions.
We take actions.
What we do matters.

We gather to worship.
We gather to learn and be inspired.
We commune together,
and leave to serve and love.

We are goats.
We are sheep.
We make decisions and take actions.
We are sheep and goats.
What we do matters.

Let us worship and serve.
Amen.

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Posted in Call to Worship, Matthew, Matthew 25, Matthew 25:31-46, Uncategorized

Waiting on the World to Change

*Call to Worship

Children gunned down. Worshipers killed. Hatred surrounds us, Lord.
So we keep waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change

Hurricanes. Rising sea levels. Forest fires. Earthquakes. Our climate seems to be running amok, Lord.
So we keep waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change

Our politics is one of mutual destruction. We call one another names. We don’t listen. We fail to practice love and empathy, Lord.
So we keep waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change

Creating spirit, create in us love of neighbor and love of your earth. Open our hearts to you.
Amen.

Response is the refrain from Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer 

Posted in Call to Worship, Matthew, Matthew 25, Matthew 25:1-13, Uncategorized

Refreshing Waters

*Call to Worship

Come, children, refresh yourselves within ever flowing waters.
We come to be renewed.

Listen, interact, be one with each other and with the Creating One. Praise, sing, smile, and cry in this hour.
We come to be refreshed so that we might leave to be servants. Amen.

Posted in Call to Worship, renewal, Topics & Themes, Uncategorized, water
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