We Have Decided

They were repairing the Temple and found an old scroll. 
They took it to King Josiah. 

A faithful king, Josiah recognized the Torah, the word of God.
Committed to following God, Josiah read it to the people.

They, too, wanted to be the people God called them to be.
They re-committed their lives to God.

Like King Josiah, I have decided to follow God.
We, too, have decided to follow the way of love and justice.

Let’s decide. Let’s recommit today to living our lives fully as God requires. Amen! Amen! Amen! (louder with each “Amen”)

*Hymn I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

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Posted in 2 Kings, 2 Kings 22, 2 Kings 22:1-20, Call to Worship, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

And you weep.

Prayer of Confession

Mother of Us All: You call to us across the generations. Expressing your love, you nudge us to love and care for the planet and all who inhabit her. We turn away from the earth and from one another. 

And you weep. 

You grieve our failure to be who you know we can be. Forgive us. Continue the journey with us. 

Challenge us. Move us. Love us. Amen.

Assurance of Grace

God loves you intimately. Our mothering god lifts us to God’s cheeks and gently whispers, “I wanted so much for you. You are forgiven. I still believe in you. You are my beloved.” Turn to your neighbor, remind them that like you, they are God’s beloved.

*Passing of the Peace

You are God’s Beloved.
As are you.


Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Hosea, Hosea 11, Hosea 11:1-9, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

So Many Choices

So many distractions.
So many choices.
So many gods from whom to choose.

Sacred Mother, 
Focus our hearts and eyes upon you during this hour. Inspire us to be the hopes you have for us. Amen.

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Posted in 1 Kings, 1 Kings 18, 1 Kings 18:21-39, Call to Worship, Invocation, Old Testament

Forgive Our Choices

Prayer of Confession

We choose security.
We choose comfort.
We choose things and entertainment.
All while our neighbors suffer and do without. 

Forgive us for our focus on the ways of our secular world rather than your ways of radical love and sacrificial compassion. Offer us your grace though we too fail to offer it to one another.Amen.

Assurance of Grace

Our God takes delight in each hair on your head. Our God forgives you without hesitation because you are God’s beloved. Each and everyone of us are God’s beloved. Turn to your neighbor and see what God sees in their eyes. Remind your neighbor that they, too, are God’s beloved.

Passing of the Peace

You are God’s Beloved.
As are you.

Posted in 1 Kings, 1 Kings 18, 1 Kings 18:21-39, Confession of Sin & Assurance, Old Testament

We Have a Choice

We have a choice.
We are created with free will.

Will we follow the ways of greed and selfishness or the ways of sharing and extravagant loving?
We choose to follow the One who requires us to do justice,
love kindness, walk humbly, and love our neighbors (Micah 6:8, Matt. 12:31).

Come and worship the One who binds us together.
This is the day we recommit to be and become the people imagined as the One scooped up mud and breathed life into us at our genesis.

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Posted in 1 Kings, 1 Kings 18, 1 Kings 18:21-39, Call to Worship, Matthew, Matthew 12, Matthew 12:30, Micah, Micah 6, Micah 6:8, narrative lectionary, New Testament, Old Testament

Make Us Like Rain

Prayer of Confession

Sacred Spirit: Like kings of old, we posture. Determined to define ourselves against one another, we forget we are called to be one humanity. Like Rehoboam, we can make the lives of our neighbors more difficult. Forgive us. Inspire us as we recommit to live into your dream. Make us like rain that nourishes the earth.

Assurance of Grace

Hear these words of assurance: You are forgiven. God’s grace, God’s dream awaits you. It is full of forgiveness and chances to live as you were created. Share that grace of belovedness with one another.

Passing of the Peace

You are God’s Beloved.

As are you.

Posted in 1 Kings, 1 Kings 12, 1 Kings 12:1-17, Confession of Sin & Assurance, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

Goodbye Scorpions; Hello Wholeness

*Call to Worship

Jealously clinging to our narrative, we release scorpions, and
let our God-ordained wholeness slip from our grasp.
God forgive us. Inspire us to be One.

Forgetting that power is about compassionate caretaking, we mark our territory. 
Instead, make us “like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.” (Psalm 72:6 NRSV)

The elements of division run deep in human history.
But God’s dream for creation is wholeness and oneness.

Forgive us. Inspire us. Make us like showers over the earth.
May we dream with God in this hour leaving closer to wholeness and oneness. 

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