Category Archives: Genesis

Come Closer

Come Closer

 

Do you smell the delicious fragrance of forgiveness

Emanating from my pores?

 

A thousand moons or more ago I awakened to the stench of bitterness,

No longer willing for another person’s actions

To imprison my soul.

I departed from that place called Poison

Where I feasted on anger, plotted revenge.

I prayed for the brokenness … both yours and mine.

I prayed for release and reconciliation.

 

Come closer – where nothing can stand between us.

Come closer – taste my tears of joy.

Discover Freedom.

 

©August 11, 2014 Cynthia Langston Kirk

Based, in part, on Genesis 45:1 -15

 

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Leaves for Healing

Leaves for Healing

 

There’s a tree that offers life

To all creation drawing breath

Gather now leaves of renewal

Choosing life instead of death

 

God is calling us to mend all

Broken nations on this globe

And the leaves provide the healing

Hope and wholeness, Christ-like love.

 

There’s a shrub supplying shade

To broken-hearted, desperate souls

Gather now leaves of compassion

Be with those cast out, alone

 

God is calling us to mend all

Broken nations on this globe

And the leaves provide the healing

Hope and wholeness, Christ-like love.

 

There’s a vine that flows forgiveness

Second chances, mercy grown

Gather now leaves of redemption

Share communion’s holy home

 

God is calling us to mend all

Broken nations on this globe

And the leaves provide the healing

Hope and wholeness, Christ-like love.

 

 

 

©June 7, 2012 Cynthia Langston Kirk

Can be sung to Holy Manna tune

Inspired by Genesis 2, Psalm 121:5,

Ezekiel 47:12, Jonah 4:6, Revelation 22:2

 

 

Liturgy ~ Abraham and Family ~ Genesis

 

Leader: God calls us away from that which is familiar and comfortable

People: To unmarked paths and unstable terrain.

Leader: We are showered with gifts

People: Yet, we often embrace the struggles more than the blessings.

Leader: God’s time is God’s time

People: Yet, we sometimes connive or cheat to get what we want, when we want it.

Leader: Come, let us learn from our ancestors who were often self-centered, scheming,

competitive folk

People: Whom God loved, repeatedly forgave and transformed.

 

 PRAYER

Loving One, teach us that family goes beyond the bond of blood and is more numerous than the inhabitants of any home.  Thank you for seeing potential in human frailty and remaining faithful to us even in the face of our betrayal. Show us that our ancient ancestors, not so different from any of us, can inspire and inform our journey today. Forgive our hurtful choices and show us how to accept fully your forgiveness.  We praise you, O God, knowing you yearn for wholeness and healing of your creation and offer us the compass of your wisdom and hope. In Christ and through Christ we pray. Amen.

 

©January 2012 Cynthia Langston Kirk

Liturgy for Creation

CALL TO WORSHIP

 

Leader: Out of darkness God brought

People:  And continues to bring light.

Leader: Out of chaos the Holy One brought

People:  And continues to bring the rhythm of order.

Leader: Out of what cannot be seen our Creator brought

People: And continues to bring the miracle that is life.

Leader: And God deemed creation good.

People: Alleluia! Yes, it is good!

 PRAYER

When we are still, O God, when we calm the busyness within ourselves, we marvel at all you have created – how it works, how it looks, and how we are blessed by its presence.  Remind us that we are caretakers of all that lives.  Empower us to bring our best thoughts, our most caring hearts, and our passionate energies to the stewardship of the world. With joy and gratitude for life we pray. Amen.

 

©January 2012 Cynthia Langston Kirk

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Worship Liturgy for August 7, 2011 ~ Lectionary Readings: Genesis 37:1-4,12-28,; Psalm 105: 1-6,16-22,45b;Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33

August 7, 2011  Proper 14A, Ordinary 19A, Pentecost + 8

 

 CALL TO WORSHIP

 Leader: A life full of gifts

People: A lifetime of giving

Leader: A mind full of dreams

People: Passion and trust to make the dreams come true

Leader: Betrayal and broken relationships

People: Redeemed and reconciled by the grace of God

Leader: Let us worship God who forgives, even us,

People: And frees us to serve joyfully

 

OPENING PRAYER

God who transforms lives, open us to wonder and to the gifts in others. As we worship you today expand our hearts and minds to what is possible through your grace and power. In Christ we pray. Amen.

 

PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION

Loving God, we read of Joseph’s brothers and seldom ponder who we have betrayed or sold out in some fashion or another. We read of Peter walking on the water and often critique him as seeking attention or lacking faith. We forget the times we have jostled for position or attention and the times our wavering faith caused us to be overcome by waves of doubt and despair. Help us be who you created us to be, not at the expense of others. Forgive our speech that betrays and belittles. Forgive us when we seek to be first and forget those who are lost. We pray grateful for the dreams and gifts you have instilled within each of us. Amen.

 

 

©August 2011 Cynthia Langston Kirk