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Easter 5B Outside

Call to Worship

Based upon 1 John 4:7. Written for the Union Church UCC of Tekonsha, 1994. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

From God comes the wonder of creation.

We will worship God the Creator.

From God comes healing for the brokenness we see.

We will worship God our Redeemer.

From God comes the strength to face the new day.

We worship God our Sustainer.

 

Litany of Call

Based upon 1 John 4:7. Written for the Union Church UCC of Tekonsha, 1994. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

God calls us to a ministry of love.

BELOVED, LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

We are called to love our parents and our children,

our friends and our neighbors.

LOVE IS FROM GOD.

We are called to love the neighbor that hurt our feelings,

the parent who was cruel, and the co-worker who is selfish.

EVERYONE WHO LOVES IS BORN OF GOD AND KNOWS GOD.

We are called to love even the people we cannot see....

in Chicago’s tenements, in Bosnia’s war, in South Africa’s elections.

THOSE WHO LOVE GOD

MUST LOVE THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ALSO.

May we accept God’s call to this mysterious ministry.

AMEN.

 

Call to Worship

Based on John 15:1-8. Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 2000. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

The vine emerges from the earth,

nourished

and nourishing.

Rises without visible connection;

roots hidden,

promise unknown.

Strong to withstand storms,

fragile when plucked too soon.

So it is that we grow…

nourished by invisible connections to the living God,

called to nourish that which is seen and that which is yet buried within.

 

Litany of Preparation

Based on John 15:1-8. Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1997. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Abide in me,

We pray for God to abide in us.

Abide in me,

We yearn to feel God's presence,

hoping that God will find and protect us.

As I abide in you,

Jesus offers an invitation for us to do the abiding.

As I abide in you,

We can choose life in the Spirit's presence,

bearing the fruit of the Spirit's love.

Abide in me as I abide in you.