Calls to Worship
We gather to commit and re-commit ourselves
to building non-violent communities of peace and well-being.
May we covenant together to build with our lives, and the help of the Spirit,
God's vision of love and justice for all.
Let us be strong and resilient like living stones.
May God's presence be the rock under our feet,
the flame that kindles our passion,
and the wings that lift us to pursue our vision.
May the Spirit of Life sustain us and guide us.
By Eleanor Epp-Stobbe, 12/03, in remembrance of the Montreal Massacre.
One: We gather in the name of God, who loves us and who is in our midst.
All: We gather in the name of the One who proclaims justice and mercy.
One: We gather to name our sorrow and share new visions.
All: We gather to heal our pain and rekindle our hope.
One: We gather because the journey is long.
All: We gather because we hunger and thirst for a new heaven and a new earth.
One: The spirit of life has called us to be together.
All: The spirit of compassion has called all of creation to be transformed by love.
One: May this gathering serve to strengthen, encourage, and renew us.
All: Thanks be to God.
Adapted from Fire in the Rose: Churches Exploring Abuse and Healing by Louise Briscoe, The Church Council on Justice and Corrections, Ottawa, 1998.
come, all who mourn;
come, all who are meek;
come all who hunger and thirst after righteousness.
Reader 2: Come, all who would be merciful;
come, all who would be pure in heart;
come, all who would be neighbour to those who suffer.
Reader 1: Let us come together.
Reader 2: Let us confess that the source of our life is Christ Jesus
who taught us to love the Lord our God
with all our heart, soul, strength and mind,
and our neighbour as ourselves.
All: Let us worship the Lord, our God
so that we may learn anew what it means to love our neighbour.
Adapted from Lord, Hear Our Prayers, MCC Domestic Violence Worship Resources, 1994.