Fires rage
and the air is thick with smoke.
Your creatures, great and small,
long to breathe
the breath of new life, Lord.
Crowds gather,
missiles fly,
and the rhetoric is angry.
Your people, in every corner
of the world,
cry out for wholeness.
The call to repentance
echoes across the ages,
calling us down to the river
to pray.
Down we go,
yet expectant.
Meet us in the waters of baptism,
we pray.
The old is gone.
Hold us fast as we are raised to new life.

Julie Gvillo is Commissioned Pastor (PCUSA) and Founder and Creative Executive Director of A Place of Grace. Julie shares liturgy written on RCL passage each week on her blog, Point of Contact: Where Life and Worship Intersect.


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