Call to Worship and Congregational Prayer – July 8, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP (responsive)

L: I am the One who gives you life. Forever shall I be your God, and you shall be my people.

P: And if we have no royal blood, but sweat each day for bread?

L: I will be parent to your child; your child shall be my own.

P: And if our skin be a different shade, or our speech a stranger’s tongue?

L: I will be parent to your child; your child shall be my own.

P: If our body be afflicted, or our spirit be distressed?

L: I will be parent to your child; your child shall be my own.

P: If we die while yet alive, or slip beyond the door of death?

L: I will be parent to your child; your child shall be my own.

P: You are the One who gives us life; you are the One who gives us hope.

A: Forever shall you be our God, and we shall be your people!

 

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

O Great Revealer, we come seeking visions. We come desiring dreams. Grant our wish: wave before us one branch of paradise lost, and we shall see in its leaf our life regained. Or conjure up a carpenter whose hands are as rough as the bark of a tree, and we shall behold in his face our salvation. Lift us, we plead, in a flight not of fancy, but of faith; not that we might boast of your presence, but that we might know your forgiveness.

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