Are You Our Mother? Call to Worship Plus

(A responsive Call to Worship & Confession of Sin)

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Through the generations,
humanity has sought the divine.

“Are you my mother?
   Are you the creating one?
       Are you the source of all that is?”

For many thousands of years,
we perceived many competing gods,
encouraging people to worship the strongest,
most effective god among many.

“Are you my mother?
   Are you the creating one?
       Are you the source of all that is?”

Wars were fought, people torn apart, and
idols worshiped in hopes of finding the divine source.

“Are you my mother?
   Are you the creating one?
       Are you the source of all that is?”

Today we perceive one God of all peoples and,
still we fight over what the One wants,
over who understands God the right way.

It is as if we still perceive many different gods.

“Are you my mother?
   Are you the creating one?
       Are you the source of all that is?”

A babe born in Bethlehem,
breathed in the divine,
and breathed out life & love.

As an adult he journeyed to the margins,
he taught the ancient faith of the Jewish people,
encouraging faithfulness in love and care for others.

“Are you my mother?
   Are you the creating one?
       Are you the source of all that is?”

His love frightened the powerful,
the oppressors, and occupiers,
and so death on a cross was his fate.

“Are you my mother?
   Are you the creating one?
       Are you the source of all that is?”

But God, the one God of all peoples,
does not let death have the last word,
love does not give up on humanity in any generation.

“Are you my mother?
   Are you the creating one?
       Are you the source of all that is?”

Humanity in the twenty-first century
still argues over who God loves,
“Is there enough love to go around?” we wonder.

“Are you my mother?
   Are you the creating one?
       Are you the source of all that is?”

Let us confess in silence our sin of loving too little,
of allowing our kindred to suffer injustice,
whether at our hands or the hands of others.

[time of silent confession]

Breathe in, breathe out.
Do you not perceive our father-mother,
the creating one,
the source of all that is?

“Are you my mother?
   Are you the creating one?
       Are you the source of all that is?”

In this hour,
let us worship the God of all creation.
Breathe in the divine,
when you leave take a humble heart,
breathing out the love & justice of God.

God is our mother,
    God is the creating one,
       the source of all that is!

Praise be to God! Amen.

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See also Are You My Mother: A Sermon

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Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of two perfect babies. The former pastor of the Condon United Church of Christ, Tim recently began serving the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

Posted in Call to Worship, Confession of Sin & Assurance, Old Testament, Ruth, Ruth 1, Ruth 1:1-17
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