Feb 12, 2019

Call to Worship: Luke 6: 17-26

Here’s a responsive call to worship inspired by Luke 6:17-26, one of the suggested scripture readings for Epiphany 6, Year C. It was written by Gill Le Fevre.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Luke 6:17-26)

From the comfort of our Western homes and prosperous lives,
We come hungry for a better world for all.
In our society divided by power struggles and prejudice,
We affirm the power of Your healing love.
With the honesty of our doubts and insecurities,
We rejoice in Your love for each one of us;
seeking Your blessing to make us whole.

~ submitted by Gill Le Fevre

Opening Prayer: Luke 6: 17-26

Here’s an opening prayer/prayer of invocation inspired by Luke 6:17-26, one of the suggested scripture readings for Epiphany 6, Year C. It was written by Gill Le Fevre.

Opening Prayer
(inspired by Luke 6:17-26)

Compassionate God,
we recognize that our world is a broken place,
hurt by poverty, famine and disease.
We admit that sometimes we make the world a broken place,
tolerating prejudice, conflict and self-interest.
We confess that our hearts also suffer with anger,
resentment and jealousy.

Renew us in Your love, O God,
and heal us with the comfort of Your abundant love.
Awaken us to the role we can play in healing Your creation.
Strengthen us through the power of the Holy Spirit
to hear Your word and move forward in faith. Amen.

~ submitted by Gill Le Fevre

Offering Prayer: Luke 6: 17-26

Here’s an offering prayer inspired by Luke 6:17-26, one of the suggested scripture readings for Epiphany 6, Year C. It was written by Gill Le Fevre.

Offering Prayer
(inspired by Luke 6:17-26)

Benevolent God,
you see those who are hungry, poor and marginalized,
who too often we overlook.
You recognize their humanity and their suffering,
and promise to overthrow the rejection they encounter in our world.
Help us be part of that transformation.
Take our gifts to feed the hungry and sustain the poor.
Multiply our gifts to erase the margins of our society,
embracing us all in Your inclusive love. Amen.

~ submitted by Gill Le Fevre

Feb 10, 2019

Prayer: Strange Territory

Here is a prayer which reflects on the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12, Luke 6:20-22). It was written by Christine Jerrett in 2011, and posted on her blog (see link below).

Strange Territory:
A prayer reflecting on the Beatitudes

God of life and of truth,
Your Son invites us to see the world through your eyes
and we find ourselves disoriented:

You bless the poor
You bless the meek
You bless the pure in heart.
You turn our world and its values upside down.

We have signed on to follow your Son
but this is strange territory.
It doesn’t look anything like
the life we have been taught to yearn for,
to work for,
to believe will bring us happiness.

Yet, You know the despair that besets
so many of our young people
who fear that their future has been mortgaged
by our greed and carelessness.
You hear the cries of those who
have traded their souls for power and money
and now have emptiness as a friend.
You see those who are caught in lives that
lead only to weariness and anxiety.

Set us at Jesus’ feet
so we can learn to judge our lives differently.
Awaken in us that hunger and thirst for you
which will lead us to your will
and your peace.

Open our eyes to see your unexpected blessings.
Open our hearts to welcome you
when you come to us in strange ways.

Then make us into a community of blessedness
that beckons this neighbourhood
into your joy.

We ask these things in the name of Jesus
who blesses us with your living presence
and fills our lives with your life-changing truth. Amen. 

Litany: Happy are They

Here’s a responsive litany from the Canadian Interfaith Conference.

Happy are They
(inspired by Matthew 5:1-12 and other passages)

Happy are all they that wait for the LORD.  (Isaiah 30:18)  
Happy are all they that put their trust in him. (Psalm 2:12)                                                         
Happy are they who know that they are poor;
the kingdom of heaven is theirs. (Matt. 5:3)
Happy are they whose delight is in the law of the Lord.  (Ps. 1:1-2)                                       
Happy are they of a gentle spirit; (Ps. 37:11)
They shall have the earth for their inheritance.  (Matthew 5:5)                                                                         
Happy are they who do hunger and thirst to see the right prevail;
For they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6)                                                                          
Happy are the merciful;
For they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7)

Happy are the pure in heart;
For they shall see God. (Psalm 24:4, Matthew 5:8)

Happy are the peacemakers;                                                                            
For they shall be called the children of God. (Matthew 5:9)                                                         
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,
that we should be called the children of God.
And such we are. (1 John 3:1)

Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who only does wondrous things;
And blessed be the Name of his majesty for ever:
Let all the earth be filled with his glory.  (Ps. 72:19-20)
Amen and Amen. 

~ in Canadian Centennial Anthology of Prayer (The Canadian Interfaith Conference, 1967). http://www.amazon.ca/Canadian-Centennial-Anthology-Interfaith-Conference/dp/B0087KOKTW

The Beatitudes

Here’s a fresh taken on the Beatitudes from Brian McLaren and Rob Bell. It was posted on Third Space.

The Beatitudes
(see Luke 6:20-22, Matthew 5:3-12)

The poor, and those in solidarity with them –
God is on your side.

Those who mourn and feel grief about the state of the world –
God is on your side.

The non-violent, gentle and humble –
God is on your side.

Those who hunger and thirst for the common good –
God is on your side.

The merciful and compassionate –
God is on your side.

Those characterized by sincerity, kindness and generosity –
God is on your side.

Those who work for peace and reconciliation –
God is on your side.

Those who keep seeking justice –
God is on your side.

Those who stand for justice and truth as the prophets did,
who refuse to be quiet even when slandered,
misrepresented, threatened, imprisoned or harmed –
God is on your side!

Call to Worship: Beatitudes

Here’s a contemporary call to worship inspired by the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12, Luke 6:20-22).  It was written by Katherine Hawker.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Matthew 5:3-12, Luke 6:20-22)

Happy are we
when our treasures cannot be quantified.
Happy are we
when our knowledge is tempered by mystery.
Happy are we
when our pain is held in the balm of love.
Happy are we
when our delight comes from beyond ourselves.

~ written by Katherine Hawker (2006), and posted on Liturgy Outside. http://liturgyoutside.net/beatitudes.pdf