May 7, 2017

Litany for Easter 5


Closing Litany

(based on Ephesians 2, 4 and I Peter 2)

One:    People of God,
            I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
            Be completely humble and gentle;                      
            be patient, bearing with one another in love.
            Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit    
            through the bond of peace.
            There is one body and one Spirit—
            just as you were called to one hope when you were called—
            one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
            one God and Father of all,
            who is over all and through all and in all. (Eph. 4:1-6)

Two:   Remember that at one time you [were] without Christ,
            aliens from the commonwealth of Israel,       
            and strangers to the covenants of promise,
            having no hope and without God in the world.
            But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off
            have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
            For he is our peace….
            He came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off
            and peace to those who were near;
            for through him we all have access in one Spirit to the Father.
            So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,
            but you are citizens with the saints
            and also members of the household of God. (Eph. 2:11-14; 17-19)

One:   Once you were not a people,
            but now you are God’s people;
            once you had not received mercy,
            but now you have received mercy. (I Peter 2:10)

Two:   Come to him, a living stone,
            rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight,              
            and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house,
            to be a holy priesthood,
            to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God
            through Jesus Christ.  (I Peter 2:4-5)

One:    For you are a chosen race,
            a royal priesthood,
            a holy nation,
            God’s own people,
            in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him
            who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  (I Peter 2:9)