Seeing in a New Light
A Christian Community
In the Tradition of the Church of the Saviour
Seeing in a New Light
If God is incarnate in ordinary life then we should see God, first of all, within ordinary life. Too often, even though we know this theoretically, practically we still look for God in the extraordinary. . . . Do you want to see a vision? Get up tomorrow and watch the sun rise.
Ronald Rolheiser, This Holy Longing:
The Search for a Christian Spirituality, pp. 100-101
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Christ is risen! Alleluia!
People: We long to see in a new light,
to see Christ in the sun
and in the shadows;
in all of God's creation.
Leader: Christ offers us the
the luscious fruit of life
and God's everlasting love.
People: Open our eyes, Holy One.
Let us see the risen Christ.
All: Christ is risen. Alleluia!
WORD FOR THE CHILDREN
Leader: When we open ourselves to the Good News
the world begins to look different.
Voice 1: Signs of hope show themselves
in the midst of war and worry.
Voice 2: The risen Christ reveals surprising places
to share and care.
Leader: In Christ we find the courage
to look at old prejudice with fresh eyes.
Voice 1: We see that we are not alone.
Voice 2: We share new visions with delight.
All: Alleluia! Christ is risen.
Leader: We go to workshops and retreats
looking for God in extraordinary experiences.
People: Yet too often we do not notice the tears in the eyes
of the person across the family table.
Leader: We read books and attend lectures,
hoping to learn a new way to see God.
People: Yet too often we refuse to see the wounds
of that one person we so much try to avoid.
All: Looking for God in meditation and monasteries,
we do not see that the Risen Christ lives
within us and among us, in the ordinary flow of life.
INDIVIDUAL PRAYERS OF CONFESSION
Leader: In the new light of this Day of Resurrection,
we see the shining life of the Incarnate One
flowing through our ordinary lives.
PRAYERS OF THE COMMUNITY
All: Eternal One, Father and Mother of us all,
Holy is your name.
Let justice and mercy fill all Creation
and let us recognize
that every thought and thing belongs to you.
Feed us with the bread we need for today.
Forgive our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Stand with us in trial and temptation.
Free us from the grip of all that is evil.
For you alone are creating our universe,
now and forever.
The first Sunday of each month we switch to a Communion Liturgy here.
Leader: Go forth in power and gladness with great courage
that we may do justice,
grow in love,
and see in a new light.
Confession & Assurance: Adapted from Ronald Rolheiser, This Holy Longing, p.101