Liturgy for Sunday, July 7, 2013

On Mondays I am sharing liturgical writing focused on the Luke passages for each Sunday in the Revised Common Lectionary. This week Sharon Benton of Fort Collins, Colorado,  and Barbara Brakey of Brooksville, Maine, share their words. 

Gift of: Sharon Benton:

Call to Worship
One:             Peace to this house.
Many:        Welcome, come in!
One:             Will you share in Christ’s peace?
Many:        Our home is your home.
One:             God’s realm has come near.
Many:        Our sick seek Christ’s healing;
                     our broken, his wholeness.
One:             God’s realm has come near.
Many:        We rejoice and join the laborers
                     by turning to our neighbors with Good News:
                     Know peace, and come in!

Prayer of Dedication
Holy One, you continue to send us, like lambs, into the midst of our culture’s wolves—“Don’t give,” they warn, “save it for your security!” And still you call us to be your laborers and share the harvest of our abundance. So bless these gifts to the work of your realm, which has already come near. Amen.

Gift of: Barbara Brakey

Called to Offer Peace

Peace, what is peace?
The lack of choas?
The absence of noise?
To be left alone?
No.
Burdens, heavy burdens.
Burdens lifted from our backs.
By the Spirit, the Holy Spirit.
Upon the 70 Moses chose.
Upon the same Jesus sent.
Upon you if you choose.

Peace, what is peace?
The acceptance of Christ.
The peace of Christ.
To be kept for ourselves?
No.
Go, for we are sent out.
Called to offer what we have been given.
The power of the Spirit.
Nothing will harm you.
Go lift the burdens, those heavy burdens,
In every town and place.
Peace, offer Peace.
The peace of Christ.

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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