Call to Worship: Dance of the New Creation

Here’s a possible call to worship inspired by the beginning of Paul’s letter to the Colossians (Colossians 1: 19-22).  It would be suitable for Easter Sunday…or Holy Humor Sunday (traditionally the Sunday after Easter)…or Proper 11 C, when Colossians 1: 15-28 is the suggested epistle reading. 

It comes from Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire by Sylvia Keesmaat and Brian Walsh, and was originally posted on Jonny Baker’s Worship Tricks website.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Colossians 1: 19-22)

In the face of a culture of death
a world of killing fields
a world of the walking dead
Christ is at the head of the resurrection parade
transforming our tears of betrayal into tears of joy
giving us dancing shoes for the resurrection party

And this glittering joker
who has danced in the dragon’s jaws of death
now dances with a dance that is full
of nothing less than the fullness of God

this is the dance of the new creation

this is the dance of life out of death

and in this dance all that was broken
all that was estranged
all that was alienated
all that was dislocated and disconnected
is reconciled

comes home

is healed

and is made whole

~ excerpted from targum 2: subversive poetry in a postmodern world col 1:15-20, published in Colossians Remixed: Subverting The Empire by Sylvia C. Keesmaat and Brian J. Walsh.  Posted on Jonny Baker’s Worship Tricks website.