Liturgy for Sunday June 23, 2013

On Mondays I am sharing liturgical writing focused on the Luke passages for each Sunday in the Revised Common Lectionary. This week Gayle Murphy of Northwood, New Hampshire shares a confessional resource and following that is a Call to Worship and Invocation that I am offering.

Luke 8: 26-39    Healing the Gerasene

Gift of Gayle Murphy

We each have our challenges which possess us, needing to be driven from our daily lives. As we confess and confront our demons, we trust that Jesus will order them away through forgiveness and power.

Gracious God who sees beyond what we cover up, we confess what controls us and causes us to live in tombs of fear and loneliness.    Addiction, selfishness, guilt drive us beyond our coping and we need your power to cast them out. Even as they leave us, our sins have power to drive pigs into the seas and linger in our lives.    Clothe us with peace and acceptance so that we may accept your gift of forgiveness. Return us to the people you created us to be. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ.    Amen.
Christ’s forgiveness stands up to the most powerful of sins and demands that they leave us. God’s Spirit can transform us and we can be led to proclaim God’s power in us.    Praise God!

Gift of Maren Tirabassi:

Call to Worship
Come and worship God!
Come to a community that welcomes
those with addictions, mental illnesses,
broken relationships, tomb-hugging griefs.
People try chains; God offers freedom.
Come and worship God!
Come to a community that welcomes
those with PTSD and postpartum depression,
Alzheimer’s and eating disorders.
People try chains; God offers freedom.
Come and worship God!
Come to a community that welcomes
those who have attempted suicide
and those who love them.
People try chains; God offers freedom.
Come from your joy-filled dawn walk
or your crabby breakfast,
your bad night’s sleep or morning yoga —
Come and worship God and create this community.
God offers freedom and so can we.

God, we come with our personal Legions. We are possessed by worries, fears, doubts, lists, distractions, excitements, plans, or internal debates. In this time and place of worship, unbind us, empty us and give us clear minds and spirits, so that we can return home — life simplified and priorities sorted — rejoicing in all you have done for us. Amen

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 Sunday June 23, 2013

  1. rezrevres says:

    As you may know, June 21st is National Aboriginal Solidarity Day in Canada, and the Sunday closest is celebrated as Aboriginal Prayer Day. All of this liturgical material with some very minor modifications would work extremely well in those services. Thank you both for sharing your creativity. Chii-Miigwech Gayle and Maren.

    • Maren says:

      Matthew, I did not know this. In New Hampshire am not many miles from the Canadian border and yet the communication is poor. I will celebrate this in our worship service on Sunday. You know that your “Stumbling In” service will be shared next Monday.

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