Splinter the Darkness
A Christian Community
In the Tradition of the Church of the Saviour
Splinter the Darkness
We are created to communicate and share
all the gifts we have received from God.
We are created to share ourselves …
to pour forth everything we possess,
whether in our bodies or our souls.
After Meister Eckhart
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Light the darkness!
All: Join the Magi!
Bring yourself as gift to Christ.
Leader: Let us celebrate God’s glory around us,
and the light of Christ within us!
Voice 1: Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of God has dawned upon us.
Voice 2: For shadows cover the earth,
and deep gloom enshrouds the peoples.
Voice 1: But over you, God will rise,
and God’s glory will appear upon you.
Voice 2: You are the light of the world.
Leader: Then you shall be radiant,
your hearts shall thrill and rejoice!
All: Christ will be our everlasting light;
and God will be our glory!
Leader: We crouch and hide, afraid to lift up our eyes
and see the radiance around us.
People: We stumble in the shadows of fears;
we hold tight to the curtains blocking our vision.
Leader: We refuse to discern the light within ourselves,
within each other.
All: We are dull and tarnished,
our small flames sputtering and untended.
Leader: The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
We are the light of the world.
PRAYERS OF THE COMMUNITY
All: Eternal Spirit: Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and all that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all, creation resonates
with celebration of your nameless name.
Let justice and mercy flood the earth;
let all creation harmonize in your imagination;
and let us recognize
that every thought and thing belongs to you.
With the bread we need for today, feed us;
in the hurts we absorb from each other
and those we inflict on others, forgive us;
in times of test and temptation, stand with us;
from the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you alone are creating our universe,
now and forever.
Leader: The light has splintered our darkness.
Let it shine through us as God’s gift to the world.
Call to Worship: First used in Epiphany 1987
Litany: From the First Canticle of Isaiah (Isaiah 60) First used in Epiphany 1993
Confession and Assurance: Based on Seekers worship, Epiphany 1987