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Pentecost +5 Year C

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.

 

Call to Worship

Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1998. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

accepting jesus

harsh words of challenge

unreserved generosity

grieving in the garden.

accepting jesus

accepting those who love jesus

auburn, blond and black

scrambling and comfortable

zealous and thoughtful.

accepting jesus

accepting those who love jesus

accepting the god whom jesus loved

passion

power

presence.

 

let us so love.

 

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Pentecost +6 Year C

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

Call to Worship

Holy God of wind and fire;

Dance through this room today.

Holy God of earthquakes and illness;

Share our tears of sadness and pain.

Holy God of creation and new beginnings;

Show us again your vision of healing and wholeness.

 

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Pentecost +8C

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

Call to Worship

Your people come from many places with different stories to tell;

Show us your steadfast love, O Lord.

Your people come weighed down with their unique bundle of burdens;

Restore us again, O God.

Your people come ready to hear your word proclaimed anew;

Revive us again, so that we may rejoice in You.

 

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Pentecost +10C

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

Call to Worship

We come with our fears about our jobs, our families, our community.

"Come now, let us talk this over," says Yahweh.

We come with our weariness from trying to be all things to all people.

"Come now, let us talk this over," says Yahweh.

We come with our doubts that God even listens to our problems anymore.

"Come now, let us talk this over," says Yahweh.

And so we come.

 

Invocation

Based upon Hebrews 11. Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Now faith is

the assurance of things hoped for,

the conviction of things not seen.

We come convinced of many things

but trusting very few.

Holy God of limitless surprises,

meet us here

in this place

as we touch that which we can not see

that which we have not dared to hope.

 

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Pentecost +11C

Invocation

Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1998. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

We bring swords

that you turn into plowshares.

We bring expectations of peace

and you meet us with swords.

 

God

help us.

 

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Pentecost +12C

Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Call to Worship

Jeremiah was just a young inexperienced boy when he heard God’s call to preach.

ALL ARE WELCOME HERE.

Jesus shared supper with the undesireables in his community.

ALL ARE WELCOME HERE.

Paul was attacking Christians when God spoke to him and changed his life.

ALL ARE WELCOME HERE.

Collect

With different gifts and varied dreams, we come to worship.

We have lost our trust, misplaced our faith, and forgotten our vision.

Yet God welcomes us in this place and enables us to welcome one another.

May we feel the love of God as we worship together. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication

May we dedicate our lives to searching for your treasures, loving God.

Bless these coins we bring today as we prepare to go forth and seek the coins still missing.

Amen. 

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Pentecost +13C

Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Call to Worship

We come with thanksgiving for the wonders of this warm and sunny season.

Let us praise the God of the harvest.

We come with anticipation for all that lies ahead at home, at church, and in our community.

Let us praise the God of the banquet.

We come with joy in the knowledge that the Spirit remains constant through the seasons of life.

Let us praise the God of the seasons.

Let us sing our praise to God!

 

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Pentecost +15 C

Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1998. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Call to Worship

I come with a hammer.

You come with nail.

He comes with a board.

She comes with plans.

Together we will build a house.

Litany

Hammers can build up... and tear down.

May our work foster the growth of your kindom, O God.

Words can heal… and wound.

May our speech proclaim your love, O God.

Rituals can comfort… and bore.

May our worship reflect your glory, O God.

 

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Pentecost +16 C

Based upon Luke 16. Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1998. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Invocation

Masters,

two and more,

competing for our money

clamoring for our time

creating chaos in our lives.

Master,

one God,

quiet us and draw us near.

 

Prayer of Dedication

Knowing that many voices clamor and compete,

we pray that these offerings given

may become symbolic of our decision

to serve one master, one God.

 

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Pentecost +19 C

Based upon Jeremiah 29. Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1998. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Litany of Confession and Assurance

But thus says the Lord:

Seek shalom wherever you are, and pray to the Lord

for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

We find ourselves in exile caused by relationships, economics, and failing health.

But thus says the Lord:

Seek shalom wherever you are, and pray to the Lord

for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

We feel used by people and systems, sometimes even abused.

But thus says the Lord:

Seek shalom wherever you are, and pray to the Lord

for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

We thirst for God's promised justice through swift vengeance.

But thus says the Lord:

Seek shalom wherever you are, and pray to the Lord

for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

We strive to protect our families and our interests from any wrath.

But thus says the Lord:

Seek shalom wherever you are, and pray to the Lord

for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

We long for the day when passive peace will prevail.

But thus says the Lord:

Seek shalom wherever you are, and pray to the Lord

for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

May our actions embody our prayers

for the healing of the community

and therein may we find our long awaited wholeness.

Amen.

 

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Pentecost +21 C - Reformation Sunday

Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1998. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Litany of Confession and Promise

Our youth offer prophesy of challenge and judgement,

We nod politely with clenched teeth and closed eyes.

Invited to dream dreams,

We prefer the familiarity of the past.

Winds of vision swirl around us,

We close the windows and bolt the doors.

Even on us,

Even here,

The Spirit will pour forth.

Come, Holy Spirit, Come.

 

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Pentecost +22 C

Based Habakkuk. Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1998. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Invocation (paraphrase of Habakkuk 2:1-4)

Write the vision,

make it plain

so that it may be read.

For there is still a vision

it speaks of the day of the Lord

and does not lie.

If it seems to tarry,

Wait;

For surely it will come.

 

Litany of Confession

For ignoring the vision

breathed by the living Spirit

churning deep within our souls;

Lord have mercy,

Lord have mercy,

Have mercy upon us.

For refusing to look at the vision

alive within those

who look or act or sound different from us;

Christ have mercy,

Christ have mercy,

Have mercy upon us.

For choosing familiarity, ease, and comfort

rather than risking the opportunities

afforded in the vision

Lord have mercy,

Lord have mercy,

Have mercy upon us.

 

Invitation to Pardon

If the vision seems to tarry

wait for it;

it will surely come…

it will surely come…

 

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Pentecost +23 C

Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1998. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Litany of Confession

We are too often stuck in the past,

nursing old wounds, rehearsing sins of long ago

allowing our visions for today and tomorrow to be stalled.

Lord have mercy,

Lord have mercy,

Have mercy upon us.

We are gathering into barns (and bank accounts)

preparing educationally, spiritually, and emotionally for the future;

denying the pleasure of life today with eyes focused on tomorrow.

Christ have mercy,

Christ have mercy,

Have mercy upon us.

We are so intent on caring for our nuclear families

we miss the presence of Christ in the homeless, the aging, the vulnerable

who live just outside our doors.

Lord have mercy,

Lord have mercy,

Have mercy upon us.

 

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Pentecost +24 C

Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1998. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Call to Worship

Soft summer rain falling on parched earth

Waters of God, flow down upon us.

Torrential floods ripping lives into pieces

Waters of God, have mercy upon us.

Soaking waters which nourish the seed

Waters of God, replenish us.

 

Litany of Confession

For refusing to hear you cry

pouring forth in Honduras and Nicaragua,

Lord have mercy,

Lord have mercy,

Have mercy upon us.

For refusing to hold your hand

held out by the neighbor across the aisle,

Christ have mercy,

Christ have mercy,

Have mercy upon us.

For refusing to wipe your tears

falling on the face of our parent, our child, our partner,

Lord have mercy,

Lord have mercy,

Have mercy upon us.

 

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Pentecost - General

Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, October 2001. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Call to Worship

The Word of God is planted in our hearts.

May our hearts be receptive to the Word.

The Love of God rains down on us.

May our souls soak in the wonder of God’s love.

The Breathe of Godde blows softly within us.

May our minds be stirred by the power of God’s spirit.

 

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