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Pentecost Year B


Summer Year B - Reflections on the David Story

Invocation 2006

Weary God
you who crept into human skin
skin that was tired and weak
skin that needed Sabbath rest
skin that felt harried and pained...
Weary God
be gentle with us
as we gather in our neediness.
Call to Worship 2006 Come with your questions, come with your awe!
For the God who broods over the chaos
meets us in this place.
Come with your energy, come with your weariness!
For the God who breathes new life into the dust
meets us in this place.
Come with your sadness, come with your joy!
For the God who dared to become human
meets us in this place.

Prayer of Dedication - Based on Psalm 23. Written for the Union Church UCC of Tekonsha, 1994. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want;
We believe in the goodness of God.
We believe God hears and responds to our needs.
We believe God responds to all children everywhere.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul.
We are grateful that we've been blessed with enough water.
But we know that many do not have enough.
Not enough water, not enough food, not enough peace.

He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Too many children do not see God's righteousness.
Too many children watch violence, taste hunger, feel fear.
Too many children cry from the unspeakable horror of war.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
To become involved is risky. Pain is often contagious.
Our hearts may be broken and our lives may be threatened.
Yet we hear God calling and we can no longer hide.

Thou preparest a table for me in the presence of my enemies;
thou annointest me head with oil, my cup overflows.
Our steps may be small and timid.
We may read a book, write a letter, or make a gift.
But each tiny step is blessed by God and multiplies.

Surely goodness and mercy
shall follow me all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
God is more relentless than war.
God is more pervasive than hatred.
God is more insistent than despair.

Amen. Amen.

Healing Prayers:

Call to Worship- Based on Luke 10

Carrying the myriad of relationships which define us,
Lugging complicated family relationships that we'd rather not mention,

We come to God's table of welcome and healing.

Bearing God's image in our physical beings,
Dragging painful medical histories that threaten our welcome,

We come to God's table of welcome and healing.

Holding the promise of life before us,
Grasping at the frayed edges of our youthful dreams,

We come to God's table of welcome and healing.

Call to Worship

Written for the Union Church UCC of Tekonsha, July 9, 1995. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

From fears that paralyze us;

Heal us, O Lord.

From illness that strangles us;

Heal us, O Lord.

From sorrows that weigh us down;

Heal us, O Lord.

From aimlessness that plagues our visions;

Heal us, O Lord.


Summer Year B - Reflections on the David Story

These prayers written for the summer cycles which includes the amazing stories of David. Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 2000. Copyright Katherine Hawker.


God of Bathseba, we come yearning for

wisdom to embrace life

despite its tragic complexity.


God of Tamar, we come in search of

strength to endure

the horrific consequences of untamed greed.


God of Michal, we come claiming

courage to name the insults offered even now

that belie your goodness.


God of the Story, meet us today

with living waters abundant

to quench your thirst.


Litany of Confession and Promise

David loved Jonathon

yet he wore the uniform of Jonathon's killer.

David danced for joy in the streets

while Michal bore witness to his drunken excess.

David's power and status grew

as did his scorn of the blind and the lame.

David wanted to build a temple

thus proving his devotion.

David built a legacy of broken lives

thus proving his culpability.

We are David,

mourning the loss of our love and our innocence.

We are David,

guilty of exploiting those entrusted to our care.

We are David,

unexpected hero and unrepentant scoundrel.

We are David,

we belong to God.


Prayer of Dedication

Gather the gifts of our hands and hearts, living Spirit.

Use these gifts to build not monuments to your distant glory,

but testaments to your intimate love. Amen.


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