Daybreak on the rise — call to worship for Genesis 32

From Dee Ledger of Maryland, US, comes this amazing call to worship which speaks to next Sunday’s Hebrew Bible text for the Revised Common Lectionary.

Call to Worship — Daybreak on the Rise based on Genesis: 32:22-31

Leader: We are sent as family.
Sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles, mammas and pappas, the wanted and unwanted…

Men: Sent across the scorching desert, the churning river,
the quiet chasm of despair, the gaps of want
and need
and desire.

Leader: We are daybreak on the rise!

Women: After angels two-steppin’ rungs vertical and horizontal.

Leader: After God shoutin’ promises of real estate, real protection, and real freedom

Men: Even stone pillows grow soft with yearning and naming,
witnessing and being,
singing about some forgotten awe.

ALL: Daybreak on the rise, my people! Daybreak on the rise!

Leader: Jacob found an angel in his tattered pocket.

Men: That angel just won’t keep still for another day.

Women: That angel just won’t quit singing.

ALL: Daybreak on the rise, good people! Daybreak on the rise!

Leader: And Jacob found an angel intent on wrestling him down.

ALL: Daybreak on the rise, good people! Daybreak on the rise!

Leader: Who can say whether Jacob will wrangle a blessing
in broken wing, broken dream, broken hip, or broken trust?
Daybreak on the rise, good people! Daybreak on the rise!

ALL: Daybreak over Jacob.
Daybreak over you.
Daybreak over me.
Daybreak on the rise, my people.
Oh, let me live to see it!

Daybreak -- Grand Canyon

Daybreak — Grand Canyon

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5 Responses to Daybreak on the rise — call to worship for Genesis 32

  1. Startling, imaginative poem, the kind of language, full of fresh air and unexpected images, that awakens, so needed after years of the dull and so-expected churchy bits. And the picture is breath-taking, thanks so much for putting it in.

  2. Maren says:

    Dee is a very gifted young woman. As for the picture — somehow we always show dawn and daybreak with a sky but in this Jacob passage it is the light on wilderness that strikes me.

  3. dee says:

    Thank you so very much for your kind replies.

  4. marge says:

    Thank you, Dee! Your poem “Daybreak on the Rise” so full of imagery got me thinking! Yes, a New Day Comin’!

    It seems to me those Angels, as messengers did the job, “up and down that ladder ! They went up” to get”\, then, down “to give” Upward and down again, And, that wrestling bit – Was it a force feed of messages? ‘makin’ sure, that Jacob really, got it?? Made the way clear? Yes, a New DAy was comin’

    And, Yes, Maren – Light on the Wilderness. Even, Light in the Wilderness. A New Day comin’ !Oh, yes! : )

    marge

  5. Maren says:

    Thanks, Marge for that up and down theology!

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