Call to Worship: Isaiah 65

Here’s a call to worship from The Rev. Caela Simmons Wood of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Manhattan, KS, written just after the November 8, 2016 American elections.

She writes: “I preach the RCL and had a hard time finding something that struck the right tone for my context this week, since so many in my congregation are despairing and hurting right now.” 

Called in God’s Presence
(based on Isaiah 65)

One:    God says:
Many:  "I am about to create a new heavens and a new earth;  
            the former things shall not be remembered."

One:    We say:
Many:  "Yes, God, that's good,
            but does it have to be quite so  difficult?
            This creation of your new heavens and new  earth?
            It's hard right now. We are tired."

One:    God says:
Many:  "You do not labor in vain.
            Before you call out to me, I  answer. I am."

One:    We say: 
Many:  "Yes, God, that's good.
            Thank you for being with us.  
            We need you now. We really need you.
            Tell us again about your vision? We need your words of hope."

One:    God says: 
Many:  "The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,         
            the lion shall eat straw like an ox.         
            In this new place –
            this new  place we are creating together –
            no one will hurt or  destroy on all my holy mountain."

One:    We say: 
Many:  "Yes, God, that's good.
            Let's worship together now.  
            We need to remember who we are and who you are  
            and that we belong to each other. "

~ written by The Rev. Caela Simmons Wood, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Manhattan, KS for the Sunday after the election, 2016.