Call to Worship & Invocation
God called Jonah to prophesy to the Ninevites.
And Jonah ran.
From the belly of a great fish, Jonah prayed to God for salvation.
He remained in the fish for three days.
The fish vomited Jonah on the beach.
God called Jonah again.
Jonah warned the Ninevites: Forty days more and you will be destroyed.
The people believed Jonah.
Both the people and animals of Nineveh repented.
And God changed God’s mind.
Merciful love prevailed.
But Jonah was angry.
Let us pray.
Essence of all, we sometimes forget that your loving and merciful justice never changes. In relationship with humanity your love and justice is not about punishment or vindictiveness. Help us to reveal your image within ourselves, that we can forgive the unforgivable, love the unloveable, and strive for your just kingdom on earth in our every moment, in our every decision. Amen.
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