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Worship Liturgy for June 5, 2011 ~ Lectionary Readings: Acts 1: 6-14, Psalm 68:1-10,32-35; I Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11; John 17:1-11

 Ascension Sunday

CALL TO WORSHIP

 

Leader: Why do we try to recapture the past

People: When God invites bids us to be attentive in this moment?

Leader:  Why do catapult enormous energies into the future

People: As if we can know with certainty what tomorrow will bring?

Leader: Why do we look to where Christ has been

People: More than where Christ can be through us?

Leader:  Let us join our hearts in prayer

People: That we can bear witness to God’s all-inclusive love.

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

God of Life, shake up our narrow constructs and fixations. Allow us to know grace as wide as a summer sky and live compassion strong enough to sit with grief. Help our hearts not be undone by destruction that we may find a way to be builders of homes, communities and lives. Turn our minds away from thoughts of futility. Inspire us, O God, with your holy breath and anoint us with the oil of gratitude. Pour out the power of your Holy Spirit upon us that we may honor you with each choice we make and every stance we take. We pray for those upon whose work and wages so many depend. We pray for those whose mental illness makes work and play a challenge almost impossible to face day after day. Thank you for every faithful person who has loved and mentored us. Keep us mindful that there are people who need to be welcomed without hesitation or limits to your table and into our community. This we pray in the name of Christ Jesus who takes ordinary folk higher, deeper, farther than they can ever imagine. Amen.

 

 

Ezekiel 37 for Today

Ezekiel 37 for Today

 The hand of the Lord came upon me, and God brought me and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones, parched white bones.  God led me all round them; there were many lying in the valley, and they were very dry and brittle to the point of breaking.  He said to me, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’  I answered, ‘O Loving Creator, you are the one who knows.’  Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Holy One. O addiction and grief, O loneliness and broken relationships, hear what I say.  You who shamed and belittled others and those who have been demeaned, listen to what I say.  This is what God promises.  I will cause breath to enter you and you shall live.  I will lay sinew on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin.  And put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Great Healer.

So I prophesied as I had been commanded.  I preached and I whispered; I shouted and danced to all the pieces and places that were dead.  Suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.  I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them.  Then God said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Source of Life: Come from the four winds.  Come from the North and the South, the East and the West, O Breath, and breathe upon these who were dead, that they may live.  I called as God commanded me, and the breath came into them and they lived and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

Then the Great Reconciler said to me, ‘Mortal, these bones are the whole of my children, the ones who were cast out, the ones damaged to the point of death.  They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.  Our tears evaporated long ago and we lay in the dust of fear and despair.’  Therefore prophesy, show them a glimpse into the future, and say to them, ‘Thus says the One Who Make a Way Out of No Way: I am going to open your graves, open all that has buried you, closed you off and choked life and hope out of you.  I will put my spirit in you and bring you back to the land of the living.

 

©February 2011 Cynthia Langston Kirk