Opening Litany: Proper 5 B

Here is an opening litany based on the suggested scripture readings for the second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 5 B, Ordinary 10 B).  It comes from the Ministry Matters website.

Contemporary Gathering Words
(inspired by 1 Samuel 8, 11; 2 Corinthians 4–5; Mark 3)

We look to the rulers of this earth
for leadership, wisdom, and strength.
We look to these bodies of ours
for stability, fulfillment, and joy.
We look to families and friends
for love, compassion, and hope.
When rulers betray, when bodies fail,
and when families disappoint,
God offers another look.
God will guide us.
God’s Spirit will sustain us.
Christ will welcome us home.
Come, my sisters and brothers,
we are all God’s family now.

— Adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2012, © 2011 Abingdon Press by Mary Scifres. Posted on the Worship Elements page of the Ministry Matters website.