Feb 23, 2015

Blessing in the Round: Mark 8: 35

Here’s a blessing inspired by Mark 8:35.  It was written by Jan Richardson, and posted on The Painted Prayerbook.

Blessing in the Round
(inspired by Mark 8:35, Matthew 16:25)

For those who want to save their life will lose it,
and those who lose their life for my sake,
and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.  Mark 8.35

This blessing
cannot help it;
it’s the way
it was designed.

Lay it down
and it rises again.

Release it
and it returns.

Give it away
and it makes a path
back to you.

There is no explaining
how it delights
in reappearing
when you have ceased
to hold it,
no hiding the sly smile
it wears
when it shows up
at your door,
no mistaking the wonder
when it circles back around
just at the moment
you thought you had
spent it completely,
had poured it out
with abandon
where you saw
the deepest thirst for it,
had put it entirely
in the hands
of those desperate
in their hunger.

But here it is,
the perfect circle of it
pressing into your hand
that curls around it
and then lets go,
receiving
and releasing
and receiving again
like the breath
that does not belong to us
but sets us in motion.

~ written by Jan L. Richardson, and posted on The Painted Prayerbook. http://paintedprayerbook.com/

Call to Worship: O God, do not be far from us

Here’s a call to worship inspired by Psalm 22 and Mark 8:31-38.  It was written by Joanna Harader, and posted on Spacious Faith.

Call to Worship
(based on Psalm 22, Psalm 71:12, Matthew 16:24-26, Mark 8:31-38)

We come to worship this morning from different places.
O God, do not be far from us.
We come to worship this morning for different reasons.
O God, do not be far from us.
We experience the presence of the Spirit in different ways.
O God, do not be far from us.
We hear Jesus’ words with different ears.
O God, do not be far from us.
“Deny yourselves.”
O God, do not be far from us.
“Take up your cross.”
O God, do not be far from us.
“Follow me.”
O God,
we thank you for drawing near to us
in this place,
in our lives.
Amen.

 ~ written by Joanna Harader, and posted on Spacious Faith. http://spaciousfaith.com/

Lenten Call to Worship: A Call to Journey

Here’s a Lenten call to worship from Thom Shuman’s Lectionary Liturgies blog.

Call to Worship for Lent

Lent calls us to journey, this and every day,
following Jesus wherever he leads us.
Lent calls us to journey:
to the place where God covenants with us,
to receive the new names we are given.


Lent calls us to worship together,
to tell future generations the good news.
Lent calls us to practice justice,
to bring God's hope to all people.


Lent calls us to faithful living,
to trust the One who gives us life.
Lent calls each of us to take up our cross,
to trust the One who bears it with us.


Lent calls us to journey with God.
Let us worship God, who walks with us,
this and every day.

~ written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies. http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.ca/

Call to Worship: All Who Are Thirsty

Here’s a call to worship inspired by Isaiah 55:1-5, John 7:37-39 and other water-related passages. It was written by John Birch, and posted on Faith and Worship.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Isaiah 55:1-5, John 7:37-39;
John 4:13-15, Psalm 63:1-2, Revelation 21:6)


Come, all who are thirsty
says Jesus, our Lord,
come, all who are weak,
taste the living water
that I shall give.
Dip your hands in the stream,
refresh body and soul,
drink from it,
depend on it,
for this water
will never run dry.
Come, all who are thirsty
says Jesus, our Lord. 

~ written by John Birch, and posted on Faith and Worship.  http://www.faithandworship.com/

Call to Worship: Psalm 22

Praise the Lord,
all you who worship the Holy One!
You children of Jacob, come glorify God! 
You children of Israel, stand in awe of the Lord of Hosts!
All who hunger,
come eat your fill at the Lord’s table.
All who seek the Lord,
sing praises and worship the God of glory!