On Love Alone
A Christian Community
In the Tradition of the Church of the Saviour
On Love Alone
This is a time of rediscovery that the living God is among us, not a memory or a story of long ago. It is a chance to rediscover and affirm God’s living presence, here and now.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: O God, we long for your presence within our lives.
People: O Beloved, awaken our hearts
as new shoots breaking forth in the Springtime.
Leader: Emmanuel, we gather to hear anew
the Good News for humanity.
All: Come as the wind which moves among us
to transform our responses to this changing world.
WORD FOR THE CHILDREN
Leader: Jesus knew
that from the ordinary
the extraordinary comes.
Voice 1: To heal a blind man he used dirt and spit;
to feed the multitudes,
he used common bread and fish;
to speak of God, he used yeast and seeds.
Voice 2: He knew the truth of how the mundane
gives way to the miraculous:
fill enough jars with water,
one of them might turn to wine.
Voice 1: Where there was no wine there was you
and you said drink,
and there it was, startling and sweet.
Voice 2: And where there was no bread there was you
and you said feed one another,
and there it was, filling and strong.
All: And where there was no love, there was you
and you said touch,
and there we were, our hands looking like yours.
Leader: We let our hearts grow cold and dark
to match the weather,
rather than face our transgressions.
People: In the cold, dim winter
God's light is hard to see.
Leader: We long to hear God's message
to unburden our hearts.
All: God calls us to repentance
and offers us the light of Christ.
INDIVIDUAL PRAYERS OF CONFESSION
Leader: God is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love,
seeding each of us and all creation
with the love of Jesus Christ.
PRAYERS OF THE COMMUNITY
Leader: Go now to lives filled with laughter and with pain,
knowing that God is with us in the dark and in the light,
in our abundance,
in our emptiness,
in every moment of our lives.
Responsive Reading: Richardson, Jan L., In Wisdom’s Path, pg. 41