Recommitment 1999: Hungering for God
A Christian Community
In the Tradition of the Church of the Saviour
HUNGERING FOR GOD
…The time has come for the Church to invite its people into a frightening journey into the mystery of God…The hunger for God is deep and pervasive in our society today. We need to recognize that this is not the same thing as hunger for the answers the church has traditionally given. Indeed, many seekers today do not act as if the Church will ever be a place where God can be fruitfully sought.
Why Christianity Must Change or Die, John Shelby Spong, pg 21.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: God is everywhere,
all in the Spirit and the Spirit in all.
People: Still, we seek the Holy One,
the One who calls to us and for whom we yearn.
Leader: God is in our midst;
where two or three are gathered there Christ is.
Community: God is Christ
and God is Spirit
and God beyond our knowing,
feeding the hungers we can not name.
WORD FOR THE CHILDREN
Leader: For forty years they struggled
to find a place they could call home.
Voice 1: The sun and the stars have it easy.
Their path is marked in the heavens.
Wild geese know from birth the place
that will shelter them from the cold.
Voice 2: They are called by a voice no one can hear,
with a hunger no food can satisfy.
They rest on the wind,
wings spread in anticipation.
Leader: We are called by the same spirit.
The map of promise is written on our hearts.
Community: Feeling lost is often part of the process.
We will not get there by being good.
So tell me your despair and I’ll tell you mine
as we walk in love toward the pillar of fire.
And so we share the journey to find our home in God.
Leader: How can we believe —
Community: In a world where doubt, despair and longing
meet us every day,
where cruelty and abuse are inside us and around us?
Leader: How do we walk with God —
Community: When it is too easy to walk away, turn and run away;
to bathe ourselves in unconscious comfort?
Leader: How do we grow in Spirit —
Community: When we wake up to sadness;
when tears come like rain,
when the night beckons like a cloak to hide in?
INDIVIDUAL PRAYERS OF CONFESSION
Leader: Knock and the door will be open.
Ask and you will receive.
Love and you will be loved in return.
Believe and God will bring you to the place
where doubt and faith walk hand in hand,
a journey that brings pain and joy,
dark and light, anger and love.
Seek and you will find life.
PRAYERS OF THE COMMUNITY
Leader: Embrace doubt.
Be confident in your loving.
Seek God in all things.
Share your heart’s true journey.
Take your place in the community of faith.
Litany: Based on “Wild Geese,” in New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver, pg 110.
Child of the water world
Silently the geese watched with us
Now a single pair keeps watch
Churning leaves against bare trunks
Marjory Zoet Bankson
Poem ©1999 MZB