Apr 5, 2015

Call to Worship & Prayer: John 20: 19-31

Here’s a call to worship and opening prayer inspired by John 20:19-31.  It was written by Rev. Martha Spong, and posted on LiturgyLink.

Call to Worship
(inspired by John 20:19-31)

Christ is risen!
Now what?
The disciples clung to each other.
They huddled in the upper room, waiting.
Would the authorities come to take them, too?

Instead, Jesus himself appeared, despite the locked door.
What next?
Next came doubts and questions,
assurances and instructions, and a last word:
“Blessed are those who have not seen
and yet have come to believe.”

Christ is risen! Now what?
Now we come together to wait for him.
May the risen Christ bless us
as we worship what we have not seen, yet believe.

Opening Prayer

God of new life,
move through the locked doors of our hearts.
Open us to your love moving in the world.
Instruct us as you taught the disciples.
Make a new church of us,
a blessed place where we live in unity.
Help us to learn from those first believers who prayed as we do,
using the words Jesus taught, (to Lord’s Prayer)…

~ Submitted by Rev. Martha Spong, posted on LiturgyLink. http://www.liturgylink.net/