Liturgy for Worship on Sunday June 2

This is the first Monday I will be sharing liturgical materials focused on the Luke passages for next Sunday in the Revised Common Lectionary. This week I am sharing the work of two authors — Cindy Worthington-Berry of Boxborough, Massachusetts and Norma Brettell of Glen, New Hampshire. Please follow to the end of the resources for the source information on “Luke For Sharing — A Community Resource.”

Gift of: Cindy Worthington-Berry, Boxborough, Massachusetts follows:

Call to Worship

Voice 1:            Speak the Word, God!
Voice 2:            Speak the Word and we will be Healed.
Voice 1:            Speak the Word, God!
Voice 2:            Speak the Word and we will Live.
Voice 1:            Speak the Word, God!
Voice 2:            Speak the Word and we will be Whole.

Voice 1:            Speak the Word through us, God!
Voice 2:            Speak the Word of Overflowing Compassion.
Voice 1:            Speak the Word through us, God!
Voice 2:            Speak the Word of Peace and Justice.
Voice 1:            Speak the Word through us, God!
Voice 2:            Speak the Word of Creative Joy.

Voice 1:            Speak God’s Word, all People!
Voice 2:            Speak God’s Word of Welcome.
Voice 1:            Speak God’s Word, all People!
Voice 2:            Speak God’s Word of Radical Hope.
Voice 1:            Speak God’s Word, all People!
Voice 2:            Speak God’s Word of Life-Giving Love.  Amen.

Prayer

God-shining Jesus,
You feel so far away, sometimes.
Okay, often.
I can catch a glimpse of you through the crowd,
the top of your head or a bit of your robe.
But you’re surrounded by so many,
by those who deserve to be near you –
the wise, the holy, the hard-working,
the long-suffering, the beautiful, the talented.
There is no place for me in that throng.
I am not worthy to be that close to you.

And yet, I yearn so for your healing:
for your gentle eyes to see me,
for your healing hands to hold mine,
for your voice to reach my ears.

Your voice.
It weaves through the crowd,
flowing between the bodies and hair and robes
of those who deserve to be closer to you.
Your voice finds its way even to me,
this distance away.

Speak the word, Teacher.
The word that makes me enough.
The word that brings me in.
The word that heals my soul.

I’m listening.

Gift of: Norma J. Brettell, Glen, New Hampshire follows:

CALL TO WORSHIP

One:
The bright stars twinkling, beyond our capacity to count,
The teeming life on our planet, the tiniest cells dividing,
the giant whales of the deep, and human life in all its variety.
All these display your marvelous creative Spirit.

All:
We create magnificent beauty when we work together,
Architectural marvels, fantastic prosthetics to repair damaged limbs,
The sounds of symphony, the rhythm of one plowed field next to another.
All  these show the fruit of our co-creating with you in the world.

One:
Still we place our trust in things that are not You,
We say, “our God” to things our hands have made.
We demand signs from you, proofs beyond creation and your everpresent love.
We who are under your authority fail to see our strength and power comes only from you.

All:
Grant us faith to ask of you, “just say the word.”
Say the word that will heal us of all that divides us, wounds us, diminishes us.
Say the word that enlivens our spirits to imagine and bring forth new beauty and love.
Say the word that we may be your heart loving this world and all that is in it.

LITANY  (Includes other lectionary texts1 Kings 18:20-21, (22-29), 30-39; Psalm 96; Galatians 1:1-12; Luke 7:1-10)

Elijah drew near to the people; they limped in their faith.
They cried aloud to their idols who slept, ignoring their pleas for help.
Calling to ones who are not God, no reply came to them.
But God’s servant, Elijah spoke a word, calling upon God
And God showed that God was God in Israel,
Consuming offering and altar. The lapping water trench vanishing, too,
Then grateful people knew that the Lord was their great God.
Only speak the word;
Your Word – Love – will heal us.

We look to idols every day: our power, our money, our privilege.
When God comes, we fail to see, even when the world is burning before us.
Strength and beauty are in the Lord’s sanctuary, in the Lord’s way of ruling.
God’s honor and majesty are in hearts of righteousness and people of truth.
Let the sea roar with God’s justice and the trees of the forest echo a chorus of praise.
Let us be named among your marvelous works in the world, people of justice and love.
We know that only you are our God.
Only speak the word:
Your Word – Love – will heal us.

Outsiders are insiders with you, Jesus, you turn expectations inside-out and upside-down.
A Roman officer seeks your healing for even another outsider, the servant he loves.
This Roman officer never speaks to you himself, he knows the power of being under authority.
Sending word to you through elders and friends, he asks you, Jesus, simply to speak.
Layers of power and social standing are toppled over as you heal the outsider’s outsider.
This Centurion outsider who loves, shows he talks Jesus’s language, he knows real authority,
He has faith in the power of a word.
Only speak the word:
Your Word – Love – will heal us.

Luke for Sharing – A Community Resource
A Collaboration of Forty-four Writers on the Scriptures from Luke
June – November, 2013

edited by Maren C. Tirabassi

All of these resources were given freely and they may be used in worship contexts. They may be adapted to fit your context. Please cite the original author when you reprint them or share them orally. For any other use please contact me so that I can put you directly in touch with that particular author.

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2 Responses to Liturgy for Worship on Sunday June 2

  1. Rosalie Sugrue says:

    I was pleased to use this litany at the conclusion of my sermon on Elijah yesterday, it was very fitting and well received, thank you

    • Maren says:

      Rosalie,

      I am so pleased. As others have used your work and you use others — that’s just exactly what I hope to happen! Many blessings.

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