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 with 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.
Leader: In a rush of wind,
the Spirit burns away our fears,
freeing us to carry the light of Christ into the world.
THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE
INTERCESSION AND PETITION
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. Amen.
Leader: God of all creation,
let your bright, intoxicating Spirit
send us out to spread your word like fire.