May 2, 2011

Opening Litany: Psalm 23


One:     We are a Resurrection people
            called by God to live a Resurrection life.

All:       Christ is risen, Christ is risen indeed!
            We live our lives each day
            knowing that Christ has opened the way to new life
            to be lived in fullness and forgiveness each and every day.
            Even when our lives take us through the dark valleys,
            we know we are never alone;
            Our Risen Lord is always with us.       
            in our interactions with our brothers and sisters in this world. Amen

One:     So let us not deny the resurrection in our lives,
            but rather go boldly into the world
            knowing that in this resurrection life we are a forgiven people
            as we share the good news of God’s grace,
            in word and deed with the world around us. Amen

All:       The LORD is our shepherd,
            we shall not be in want
            for the Lord makes us lie down in green pastures,
            and leads me beside quiet waters.
            The Lord restores our souls
            and guides us in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 

One:     Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
            I will fear no evil, for the Lord is with me;
            the Lord’s guidance comforts me.

All:       For the Lord prepares a table before us
            in the presence of those who would harm us.
            The Lord provides us with all we need
            and our cup of blessing overflows. 

One:     Surely goodness and love will follow us all the days of our lives,

All:       And we will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

— posted by Pastor Dan on his blog, Pastor Dan’s Grace Notes

(Note: portions of this litany would also work well at the close of worship.)