If you’ve struggled to find liturgical language adequate to this moment (pandemic, political crises, civil unrest, widely publicised injustices, and so much more), you’re not alone. Here we have some contributions from our RevGals community to help — feel free to use as-is, adapt, or use for inspiration. If you use them in printed materials, please note the author and revgalblogpals.org. If you use them in online worship and it is possible to give credit in video descriptions, that is sufficient (no need for verbal attribution). Thanks!
Call to Worship by Joanna Harader
Prayer by Kathy Swaar
“Who am I…?” Moses asks,
“And who are you?”
We ask too, and our answers are telling.
Viewed through the same lens of scarcity
our spiritual ancestor used,
we call ourselves human; read: flawed.
Finite; read: limited.
Dust of the earth.
Yet we are far, far more than that:
dust of the earth, and breath of Heaven.
Hand-crafted in your image, Creator God,
we are more than our personality traits,
more than our named gifts and talents, our interests and hobbies;
more than our occupation or our legal and biological connections;
more than our age or health status;
more than the external events that have been visited upon us;
more than the scripts and opinions we carry within us;
more than the slots culture uses to quantify and categorize.
Fashioned by you,
pronounced and intended for good,
our calling is yours: to follow you, and invite others;
to be salt and light for our broken and hurting world.
We are more – and capable of more – than our wildest dreams.
And so are you, Author of Life.
Creator, Christ, Spirit,
you are Almighty, shelter, shepherd, guide;
righteousness, glory, Provider, peace;
you are Savior, Companion, Healer, Friend;
Rock of Ages, Lamb of God;
Majestic and Holy, you are Life.
When we ask, with Moses, “Who are you?”
your answer is telling too.
I am here.
I will be with you.”
May we embrace our true identity, Creator God,
Viewing the world through your abundance,
empowered by your Spirit and your Love,
may we take up our cross, shine our light,
pour out grace and mercy on those around us
like salt flowing from a shaker
in a never-ending stream.
Invitation to Offering and a Prayer of Dedication by Julia Seymour
Holy and gracious God, you provide more than enough for all people. All that we have comes from you. We long to worship you rightly and to serve you with joy. Let this offering mark a new beginning in our relationship- a moment to show our deep trust in your excellent provision. Guide and strengthen us to give generously from what you have given us. In this time of unexpected change, grant us stability in our giving to you and our participation in your will for the world. Amen.
Lord of love, we lift our offerings to you with joyful and encouraged hearts. We pray that you will multiply these gifts, just like bread and fish to the multitudes, that they will be more than enough to accomplish your will in our congregation, community, and across creation. Amen.
Benediction by Joanna Harader
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