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.