Category Archives: Scripture

Liturgy based on II Kings, Jeremiah 32; 52

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: God of the exiled and the embraced
People: God of the fools and the wise ones
Leader: God of the ones who are obedient and those who go their own way
People: God of the generous and the power hungry
Leader: God of those who confess and those who seem unredeemable
People: We come to hear your challenging and hopeful word
Leader: To come face to face with ways we are like the prophets or like the kings
People: Ways we are exiled because of our choices or the decision of others
Leader: And ways we act, vote and live as Caesar.
People: We are ready; teach us now.

©May 14, 2012 Cynthia Langston Kirk

PRAYER

God of Each New Day, help us breath in the sights and smells of your creation and breathe out gratitude and joy for the wonders you have created. Help us breathe in your hope, even during the bleakest times, and offer that to a world in need. Be with us as we worship you that we can hear a word that will make us more obedient, less self-centered, more compassionate and less likely to follow for worldly gain. In the name of Christ who lived such a life we pray. Amen.

©May 14, 2012 Cynthia Langston Kirk

Call to Worship, Opening Prayer ~ Exodus 12:29-43, 14, 20:1-21

CALL TO WORSHIP

 

Leader: When all seems right in our lives

People: God is present, loving us.

Leader: When we are oppressed, living in bondage

People: God is present, loving us.

Leader: When grief overwhelms us, seeking to destroy our faith

People: God is present, loving us.

Leader: When we are in the wilderness, far from anything familiar

People: God is present, loving us.

Leader: When we arrive at a new place of hope

People: God is present, loving us.

 

 OPENING PRAYER

Holy One, you have given us commandments as a compass for our lives. We discuss them, ignore them, memorize them and seek to keep them. Remind us they can all be followed by loving you and loving one another.  Help us put our trust in you anew this day, for you bring us through the wilderness into the broad and gracious place. Amen.

 ©February 6, 2012 Cynthia Langston Kirk

Call to Worship and Opening Prayer ~ Exodus 1:14,2,3:1-12

Leader: God illuminates our hearts and minds

People: To the injustices in the world.   

Leader: Aiding us to see not only our gifts

People: But Holy Wisdom, our vital companion,

Leader: Empowering us with the bold courage of two midwives

People: That we may stand up for life and dignity and civility

Leader:  Let us worship God who we cannot define or contain,

People: God who continually invites us to go deeper and be more.

 

 PRAYER

Holy Mystery who has many names, protect, puzzle and prepare us as you did Moses. We complain and wonder when we do not experience you in ways we imagine; yet, all the while closing our eyes and ears to your life-changing manifestations. Set the bushes and stars on fire that we can see every instance of oppression and act as your loving disciples. We pray in the name of the One who gave everything to stand up for the disenfranchised, the doubters and the diseased. Amen.

 

©January 30, 2012 Cynthia Langston Kirk

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

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

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