We are the vessels of God’s voice, her words
blowing through us, bidding us to tell the tales
that only we can speak.
Jan L. Richardson, In Wisdom’s Path
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: A wind breathes among us,
calling us to gather
in the name of the Holy One.
People: A fire burns within us,
calling us to service,
calling us to prayer.
Leader: A spirit moves around us,
calling us to turn in compassion
toward the sorrows of the world.
All: Burning, breathing Spirit,
we bring our lives to you.
WORD FOR THE CHILDREN
Leader: We turn away
from the wind of the Spirit
afraid to know our deepest desire.
Voice 1: We hide from our longing,
fearing to hear the voice of God.
Voice 2: We turn away
from the light of Christ
afraid to feel it burning within us.
Leader: We run from our calling,
fearing to see a hurting world.
All: We turn away
from the touch of God,
unwilling to trust this healing fire.
INDIVIDUAL PRAYERS OF CONFESSION
Leader: In a rush of wind,
the Spirit burns away our fears,
freeing us to carry the light of Christ into the world.
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION
PRAYER OF COMMITMENT
All: O Holy One, we come today
to claim our relationship with you.
We pray for the commitment to grow together,
sharing the gifts you give us with others
here and in the wider world.
Forgive us for the hurt we have inflicted,
and help us forgive those who have hurt us.
Give us strength and discipline
to nurture our relationship with you;
to care for every part of your creation;
to foster justice and be in solidarity with those in need;
to work to end all war, and violence, and discord;
and to respond joyfully when you call,
freely giving our selves as you have shown the way.
We open our hearts to you and your creation
in the name of Jesus, who is the Christ.
Leader 1: Holy Source of fire and wind, we give you thanks
that you open our hearts to the sound of your voice,
and fill the world with abundant life.
People: We give you thanks for each breath we take,
each opportunity to know the pain of the world
as an invitation to spread your compassion and grace.
Leader 2: We give you thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit,
blowing in us and around us and through us,
giving voice to the yearnings of all creation.
All: We give you thanks for Jesus, the Christ,
who heals all wounds with the warmth of divine love,
and lights the way to justice and to peace.
BLESSING THE ELEMENTS
Leader 1: Christ invites everyone to eat the bread of life,
to drink the cup of the new covenant.
Leader 2: Jesus said, I am the bread of life.
You who come to me shall never hunger,
you who believe in me shall never thirst.
Leader 1: On the night of his arrest, Jesus took bread,
and after giving thanks to God, broke it and said,
This is my body,
broken for the healing of a broken world.
Whenever you eat it, do so remembering me.
Leader 2: After supper, Jesus took the cup and said,
This is the cup of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for all.
Whenever you drink it, do so remembering me.
All: O Holy One, send down your Spirit
that these gifts of bread and cup
may be for us the body and blood of Christ.
Unite us with Christ forever
and bring us with the whole creation
to your eternal realm.
SHARE THE ELEMENTS
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING AND DEDICATION
All: God of abundance and mercy,
we give joyful thanks
for your eternal love and healing presence
in our celebration of bread and cup.
Bless this body of Christ
that we may attend faithfully
to our call to be your servants,
with each other and throughout the world. Amen.
Leader: God of all creation,
let your bright, intoxicating Spirit
send us out to spread your word like fire.