you draw your children near,
inviting us to abide in your love,
to dwell in your goodness,
so that we might know the fullness
you remind us to love others
as we are loved.
You give us guidance, so we will know
how it looks
when we receive Christ-like love from others
and when we give it.
you make yourself known to us
in the beauty of the flowering bud,
in the vastness of the ocean,
in the faithful rising and setting of the sun.
You call us friends
and you make yourself known to us,
choosing us out of your great love
and sending us forth in joy
to minister to the world
in your name.
Send your church, O Mothering God,
to those who have not experienced
who do not know their own worth
nor can they recognize the worth of the stranger
or the enemy.
Send your church, O Sophia, Wisdom,
to love without limits,
to love in action and in truth,
to love sacrificially.
Send your church, O Tender Spirit,
to point out your creativity,
to call attention to your strength,
everywhere around us.
Send your church, O Sibling Savior,
to joyfully proclaim the Word of God
in every nation around the world,
that all may know what it is
to dwell in Love.
Julie Gvillo is Commissioned Pastor (PCUSA) and Founder and Creative Executive Director of A Place of Grace. Julie shares liturgy written on RCL passages each week on her blog, Point of Contact: Where Life and Worship Intersect.
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