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Pentecost 2020

Call to Worship (for one voice) by Julia Seymour

The day came and they were all in one place, in one place, in one place.
Being together, being in one space, breathing the same air, saying the same words
had seemed like the most important thing.
The most important thing.

Then there was a sound- like a rush of wind.
Then there was a sound- the sound of things changing
Then there was a sound- suddenly nothing was the same.
Those who were gathered received new languages.
Those who were gathered received new dialects.
Those who were gathered received new understanding.
Those who were gathered received new power.
Those who were gathered received the Holy Spirit in a new way.

It became clear immediately that what was important had changed.
Immediately it was clear that was important had changed.
What was important had changed. Immediately. That was clear.
Being in one space was not a priority.
Speaking in unison was not a priority.
Being all together to breathe the same air was not a priority.

The power of the Holy Spirit rearranged their priorities to align them with God’s.
God’s priority of diversity,
God’s priority of widespread grace,
God’s priority of neighbors and community,
God’s priority of stepping out, reaching out, being out in the world.
The world that God loves.
The world that is God’s priority.

Being aligned with God’s priorities, it felt, it feels like being on fire. 

A litany for the Body of Christ originally written by a confirmation class taught by Teri Peterson in 2010 (for 1 – 12 voices)

1. We belong to the body of Christ.
2. We belong to something greater,
3. where everyone is included.
4. We belong to something greater,
5. where all small tasks to help are significant.
6. We belong to something greater,
7. where everyone is needed.
8. We belong to something greater,
9. where each of us has our own gifts with which to serve.
10. We belong to something greater,
11. greater than you, or I, or us together.
12. We belong to the body of Christ.

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4 thoughts on “Worship Words: On Fire (Pentecost)

  1. I’ll share my Call to Worship and Prayer of Confession. I make the responses repetitive so those who can’t print out the bulletin can still participate. They aren’t polished, but I’m willing to share.

    Call to Worship
    Leader: We come together from many places, trusting in the Spirit more than ever, to draw us together.
    People: Come, Holy Spirit!
    Leader: We come together to become the Body of Christ, knit together by the Spirit.
    People: Come, Holy Spirit!
    Leader: We come together, ready to be surprised, ready to be courageous, ready to follow where the Spirit leads us.
    People: Come, Holy Spirit!

    Prayer of Confession (responsively)
    Leader: Merciful God, we confess that the Holy Spirit makes us nervous. It’s unpredictable, disorderly, too pushy.
    People: Forgive us, Lord.
    Leader: We try to contain the Spirit, we try to moderate its force, we don’t want to be open to new things.
    People: Forgive us, Lord.
    Leader: We prefer the tried and true, the old and comfortable, and we ignore signs of the Spirit’s movement in our midst.
    People: Forgive us, Lord.
    Leader: Have mercy on us, O God. Transform our timid lives by the power of your Spirit, and fill us with a desire to be your faithful people. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

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