Jul 31, 2013

Call to Worship: Called to Reach Out

Here’s an opening call to worship from the Minnesota Council of Churches.

Call to Worship

We are a community of faith
that has been created by the love of God.
We are the people who have been set free
by the world of forgiveness in Jesus Christ,
and are therefore a people called to reach out
to the sojourners in our midst and in other lands,
people whose lives cry out for the warm embrace of fellowship.
We have come not to exalt our own goodness,
but to praise the holiness of God.
We have come not to boast of what we have done,
but to proclaim the redeeming work of Jesus Christ
by extending the hand of community
to refugees, displaced persons and asylum seekers.
With all our being,
we will praise God and tell of God's goodness
in our acts of kindness and love
toward the "least" among us in our times.

~ from The Uprooted Ones: Remembering Refugees (Uniting Church in Australia),  In Welcoming the Stranger, posted on the Minnesota Council of Churches website. http://www.mnchurches.org/refugeeservices/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Refugee-Sunday-Service-Planning-Materials.pdf