Mar 31, 2013

Litany: God Calls the Young


Here’s a beautiful litany about the call of God.

Prayer for the Calling of the Young

Adam called to walk with God
Joseph called to dream
Esther called to free the faithful
Samuel called to serve
Ruth called to find new faith
Jeremiah called to prophesy
David called to slay giants
Mary called bear God among us

In their youth
Their inexperience and their doubt
Uncertain, unsure
Of the future before them
They heard and followed
The call of God

Jesus
Called little ones to show the way to the kingdom
Called a teenager to feed the hungry
Called John into the desert ahead of him
Called fishermen to a new occupation
Called Nathanael to come and see a new way
Called a young man to rise from death
Called a 12 year old girl to get up and live
Called young women, despised, rejected to be in his company

In their youth
Their inexperience and their doubt
Uncertain, unsure
Of the future before them
They heard and followed
The call of Jesus

For Jesus saw and called out of them
Their optimism and imagination
Their courage and adaptability
Their hope and their idealism
Their courage and their sensitivity
Their wisdom and their faith

Now, even now, the Spirit calls the young
To stand up for their faith in the face of persecution
To take their talents and skills to places of danger
To raise their voices in songs of protest
To fan the fire of passionate ideals
To build communities of love and compassion
To teach the old to dream new dreams
To minister and serve for the sake of the Gospel

For in them are planted the seeds of new possibilities
The gifts for the years to come
The insights that will shape the future
The promises that all things will be made new

~ written by Rev Marjory McPherson posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website. http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/