I wish I could show you
when you are lonely
or in darkness
the astonishing light
of your being.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: God promises,
I will write my law on your hearts;
I will be your God and you will be my people.
People: The astonishing light of God shines in us!
Leader: Christ calls us to proclaim the Good News
with patience and courage,
so that all may come to know the truth.
People: The astonishing light of God shines through us!
Leader: The Holy Spirit in our midst
infuses us with power and love.
All: We come together to rekindle
the astonishing light of God among us!
WORD FOR THE CHILDREN
Leader: God of patience and grace,
we are reluctant to come to you.
Voice 1: We pledge to care for your creation,
and work for justice and peace,
yet we pursue our own creature comforts.
Voice 2: We promise to respond joyfully to your call,
but we fear what will be asked of us.
Leader: We turn from you, not toward you.
All: Our faith is tattered by our own hands.
Forgive us we pray.
INDIVIDUAL PRAYERS OF CONFESSION
Leader: The God of compassion and mercy
forgives us and restores our faith,
bathing us in the light of Christ.
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION
PRAYER OF COMMITMENT
All: O Holy One, we come today
to claim our relationship with you.
We pray for the commitment to grow together,
sharing the gifts you give us with others
here and in the wider world.
Forgive us for the hurt we have inflicted,
and help us forgive those who have hurt us.
Give us strength and discipline
to nurture our relationship with you;
to care for every part of your creation;
to foster justice and be in solidarity with those in need;
to work to end all war, and violence, and discord;
and to respond joyfully when you call,
freely giving our selves as you have shown the way.
We open our hearts to you and your creation
in the name of Jesus, who is the Christ. Amen.
Leader: Rekindle the gift of God within you.
Fan your spirit into flames.
Go forth to love and serve the world.
Reflection: “My Brilliant Image,” I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky, pp 13-15.