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Easter 5C Outside

Call to Worship, adapted from John 13:34-35

Jesus offers a new-old commandment,
that we should love each other.
With the incredible power and the unfathomable depth
of God's love for us
we can
we must
love one another.
And it is in this
our love for one another
that the world will know
whom and what we worship.
Come, children of God,
let us love one another.

Confession

Called to love one another
we gather aware not only of our "Hallmark" moments
but also our pain;
hiding from wounds still festering
and dreams denied
knowing
and at the same time not knowing
the impossible essential truth of love's demand.
Called to love one another,
God of mercy,
hear our prayer.

Litany of Confession and Assurance

Come with what you have.
For you who grieve this day
know that you are invited to bring the broken pieces of your heart.
Loved by one another,
we discover God's love for us.

Come with what you have.
For you who come with gladness
know that your melody will find harmony.
Accepting God's love for us,
we are called to love one another.

Come with what you have.
For you weighed down by too many 'shoulds' and 'what-ifs'
know that here you may lay down the burdens of guilt and shame.
Loved by one another,
we discover God's love for us.

Come with what you have.
For you who have the answers,
know that new questions await you.
Accepting God's love for us,
we are called to love one another.

Come with what you have.
For you who come seeking,
know that your questions are safe in the presence of God.
Loved by one another,
we discover God's love for us.