Jun 1, 2017

Pentecost Call to Worship

Here’s a thoughtful and creative call to worship (complete with sound effects) from Rev. Caela Simmons Wood, pastor at First Congregational United Church in Manhattan, Kansas. Note the timing instructions. The bold print is to be read by the entire congregation.

You can access the sound file on Dropbox here:

Called in God’s Presence on Pentecost

(wait count of five before you begin speaking)

God who moved over the deep in a holy breath,
Come to us this day - Pentecost.
Arrive in the wind.

(wait for the crackles to begin, then silent count of three)

God who spoke in a bush that was burned but not consumed,
Come to us this day - Pentecost.
Arrive in a holy flame.

(wait for a count of five)

God who is present each time we gather at the table,
Come to us this day - Pentecost.
Arrive in bread and wine, conversation and connection.

(wait for a count of five)

Pour out your Holy Spirit.
Set us aflame, but do not consume us.
Fill us with holy nourishment.
We have arrived this day - Pentecost.
We have come to worship.

(wind will blow for up to 20 seconds - fade out)

~ written by Rev. Caela Simmons Wood, pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Manhattan, Kansas.