CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: No longer slave, but free
People: No longer servant, but friend
Leader: No longer foreigner, but family
People: No longer bound by the law, but by Love
Leader: Come worship the One
People: Who unlocks the shackles
Leader: Dismantles boundaries and barriers
People: Freeing us each to be more fully who God imagines
All: Guiding us closer to Shalom
© Cynthia Langston Kirk
Psalm 139 Litany
O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
May my thoughts be compassionate.
You search my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.
May my language be Love.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
Before me, below me, behind me, and above me is your grace. Keep me on the path of grace.
For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
I praise you for life: my life, the lives of my loved ones, the lives of those with whom I disagree and the lives of people I do not know for we are each fearfully and wonderfully made by you.
Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
Lead me in ways of wonder. Lead me to be awe-struck by life.
In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them – they are more than the sand; I come to the end – and I am with you.
How often I strive to put you in a box, O God, because you are beyond my comprehension. Stretch me to love beyond what I imagine, to share beyond my quest for security, and to show hospitality beyond human barriers. Stretch me to your ways.
NRSV and © Cynthia Langston Kirk
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
For the opportunities and abilities to work, we give you thanks, O God. For mentors who have encouraged our gifts and exuded patience as we learn, we give you thanks. Be with those who are without a job, without the means to care for basic needs. Be with those who are depressed and deflated, with those who are scratching a way in the wilderness, with those whose bodies suffer from disease, and with disillusioned young adults striving to enter the workforce. Be with those whose work we deem menial. Help us understand and appreciate their labors and contribution. Thank you for those who are retired who continue to give in meaningful ways. Bless parents and caregivers who earn no money, but do holy work. Help us be wise mentors and bold advocates teaching the Church and the world that, as we share our resources and our abilities to problem solve, there is more than enough for everyone. In deep gratitude we pray. Amen.
© Cynthia Langston Kirk
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