Liturgical words for “Second Sunday of Epiphany” – Year C

Texts can be found at:
http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=108

Call to Gather

O: I know God is Calling.
I hear it. I feel it.
But I’m not ready!
A: You’re not ready?
O: I’ve got so much living to do.
So many people to see.
So many places to go.
A: How do you know that isn’t your Call:
to live, to see, to go?

O: Maybe.
But I’m just not ready!
A: Neither was Jesus.
O: What?!
A: Jesus didn’t think he was ready, either.
His mom had to give him a nudge.

O: His mom?
A: His mom!
Sometimes we’re more ready
than we know.
So – listen to your mom.
Listen to us.
Live. See. Go.
Be with Christ!

O: Now?
A: Now!
For as much as we can,
we’ll be with you.
We’ll be together
as we worship God!

Prayer of Approach

A: For all your goodness, God,
we give you thanks.
For the signs and symbols,
for the moments,
asked and unasked,
for the relationships,
that remind us of your love
we give you thanks.
For all that we have,
for all that we are,
for all that we might become,
we give you thanks!
Even when we aren’t quite ready.
Even when we aren’t quite sure.
Even when we aren’t quite here.
We give you thanks,
loving God!
In Jesus’ name.
In the Spirit’s laughter.
In the Creator’s joy.
Let it be!

Words before scripture:

O: Let us go to the wedding, let us sit at the feast, let us celebrate the love – let us taste of the wine that fills our souls. Listen for God’s words in these words…

Words before reflection on scripture (based on 1 Cor. 12)

O: May the words of our mouths,
may the thoughts of our minds,
may the actions of our hearts,
be filled with the gifts of your Spirit.
That “utterance of wisdom,
utterance of knowledge,
faith, healing and prophecy”
would be spoken this day. Amen.

Words before the Offering:

O: Whether it be
“a superb vintage” or “vin ordinare,”
whether it be
“dollars and cents” or “time” or “talent,”
whether it be
“the most” or “the least” –
let it be our best
that we give to God!
A: Every moment.
Every day.
Every breath.
Let it be our best
that we give to God!

Commissioning and Benediction:

O: We’ve come to the table.
A: We’ve gathered at the feast.
O: We’ve been with the family.
A: We’ve celebrated the love.
O: So now it’s time to go…
A: With the smile of joy on our lips,
with the wine of hope in our mouths,
with the bread of life, filling our souls!

O: So now it’s time to go…
A: to share the joy,
the hope,
the life.

O: And the peace of Christ goes with us.
The love of the Creator fills us.
The dance of the Holy Spirit
carries us.
A: Where we are called.
O: And beyond!
Alleluia!
A: Alleluia, amen!

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Liturgical Words for “Baptism of Christ” Sunday – Year C

Texts can be found at: http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=107

Call to Gather:

O: To all who are lost, God says –
A: I have called you by your name.
You are mine.

O: To all who are confused, God says –
A: I have called you by your name.
You are mine.

O: To all who have forgotten, God says –
A: I have called you by your name.
You are mine.

O: To the broken and the whole,
to the hungry and the full,
to all people everywhere, God says –
A: I have called you by your name.
You are mine.

O: To God’s call, we listen.
A: At God’s call, we respond.
O: With worship.
A: With love.
O: For we are called.
A: We are named.
O: We are loved.

Prayer of Approach:

A: As we gather at the font,
as we wander in the rain,
as we dive deep into Christ’s call,
we remember that you have baptised us, Creator!
With your hope.
With your Spirit.
With your LOVE!
May our covenant reminder,
live in our hearts,
live in our words,
live in our lives,
today.
Always.
Let it be!

Words before scripture:

O: Let us dive deeply into the waters of our grandmothers’ and grandfathers’ witness,
that we might be refreshed – refilled – renewed – by God’s word.

Prayer before reflection (based on Psalm 29):

O: Let the words of our hearts cry “Glory!”
Let the words of our mouths shout “Praise!”
Let our hearts be shaken, let our senses be stirred.
Let us hear your Voice, O God!

Words before Offering:

O: In our baptism, we gave all that we are to God: Creator, Christ and Spirit.
Let us gather what we have.
Let us gather who we are.
Let us offer it, again, to God!
A: Let us offer it, again, to God!

Commissioning & Benediction:
O: As Christ’s people, baptised by the Spirit,
A: we go into the world.
O: As Christ’s people, drenched by the Spirit,
A: we go filled with God’s love.
O: As Christ’s people, overflowing with the Spirit.
A: we go to feed the hungry,
clothe the naked,
bring justice to those pushed down,

and peace to all the nations!
O: But we never do it alone.
A: The peace of Christ holds us,
the love of God enfolds us,
and the communion of the Spirit carries us,
today and forever.

O: Amen!
A: AMEN!

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1 Corinthians 4.1-5

Call to Gather:
One: Taking care…
All: of one another.
One: Taking care…
All: of the world.
One: Taking care…
All: with each other.
One: Taking care…
All: with the Word.
One: We are stewards of all God’s things.
We are stewards of all God’s gifts.
We are stewards of all God’s creation.
All: So we must take care.
One: In our living,
in our sharing,
in our acting,
in our caring…
We worship God.

Opening Prayer:
All: Creator of all,
Christ of our lives,
Spirit that gives Life –
thank you for trusting us
with so much.
Your love moves us,
and makes everything new.
Alleluia!
Bless this time.
Bless all time.
Bless the world,
with your love.
We ask it in Your Name.
May it be so.

Prayer of Thanksgiving/Offertory:
One: For all that we are –
All: thank you, God of love.
One: For all that we have –
All: thank you, God of love.
One: For all that we are becoming –
All: thank you, God of love.
One: Now. Forever.
All: Thank you, God of love!

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Palm Sunday

Call to Gather:
One: Hosannah!
All: Hosannah!
One: Hallelujah!
All: Hallelujah!
Christ the Lord is near.

One: Hosannah!
All: Hosannah!
One: Hallelujah!
All: Hallelujah!
Christ the Lord is here!

One: With well-loved songs,
All: and waving palms,
we celebrate his Way!

One: Hosannah!
All: Hallelujah!
One: Christ the Lord, today!

Opening Prayer:
All: Today we celebrate, God –
because we know the story.
We celebrate that Jesus
walked with his disciples,
talked with his people,
was loved by his family.
We celebrate that, through them,
we have come to know him.
Help us, we pray,
to see ourselves in his Story.
Help us, we pray,
to make his story ours.
In his name and in your love, we ask it.
Amen.

Offertory/Thanksgiving Prayer:
All: You have given us:
prayers to pray,
scripture to read,
worship to live, God.
You have given us:
tasks to do,
friends to love,
a world to live in and learn from, God.
So we offer all we have,
all we are,
everything you have given us,
back to you.

It is yours.
We are yours.
Amen!

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving

One: We say –
All: thank you, God –
One: for every little thing!
(clap/clap)
We say –
All: thank you, God –
One: for all the joy you bring!
(clap/clap)
We say –
All: thank you, God –
One: for breath and life and love!
(clap/clap)
We say –
All: thank you, God –
One: for the blessings of the Dove!
ALLELUIA!
All: ALLELUIA!
One: ALLELUIA!
All: AMEN!

It’s a bit difficult to explain the rhythm in this one.
The “we say” line stretches a bit,
while the “thank you, God” is staccato –
then “For ev’ry li’tl thing.”.

Have fun with it!

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Season of Creation

Creation 1: Creation, Itself: Luke 14.1,7-14

Call to Gather:
One: In the beginning, before there was anything –
before there was beginning, itself –
God said –
All: “Let there be…”
One: And there was!
Light. Matter. Life.
All: Life of all kinds.
Plant life. Animal life.
Life in ways that we can’t even imagine.

One: And God said, “This is great!”
All: It was great.
It is great!

One: In the beauty of the earth, the fire,
the water, the air;
with the music of the spheres
filling our hearts;
with all creation living its joy!
All: We worship the One it said, “Let there be…”
Alleluia!

Opening Prayer:
All: God of all creation,
you are wonderful!
Thank you for everything
that you have called into being.
As we listen to the rhythm of life –
inside us and around us –
help us to feel your presence,
in every moment.
Thank you, God!
Alleluia! Amen.

Creation 2: Earth : Jeremiah 18.1-11
Call to Gather:
One: In the beginning, before there was anything –
before there was beginning, itself –
God said –
All: “Let there be…”
One: And there was!
Earth. Rock. Soil.
All: Granite and shale,
quartz and lodestone.
Molten lava.
Sheets and blocks,
pebbles and sand.

One: And God said, “This is great!”
All: It was great.
It is great!

One: In the beauty of the earth, the fire,
the water, the air;
with the music of the spheres
filling our hearts;
with all creation living its joy –
All: We worship the One it said, “Let there be…”
Alleluia!

*Opening Prayer:
All: God of all creation,
you are wonderful!
You are the solid foundation
we build our lives upon.
You are the soil,
in which we grow.
You are our God,
we are your Creation!
Alleluia!

Creation 3: Air : Ezekiel 31.1-10a
Call to Gather:
One: In the beginning, before there was anything –
before there was beginning, itself –
God said –
All: “Let there be…”
One: And there was!
Air. Wind. Breath.
All: Oxygen and nitrogen,
and all of the gases
life needs.
Air that sits.
Wind that moves.
Breath of life!

One: And God said, “This is great!”
All: It was great.
It is great!

One: In the beauty of the earth, the fire,
the water, the air;
with the music of the spheres
filling our hearts;
with all creation living its joy –
All: We worship the One it said, “Let there be…”
Alleluia!

*Opening Prayer:
All: God of all creation,
you are wonderful!
In the air that we breath,
move in us.
In the breath that moves the world,
give new life to all creation!
In the Spirit, alive in all, alive with all –
help Creation be
all you want it to be!
Alleluia!

Creation 4: Fire: Exodus 19.16-25
Call to Gather:
One: In the beginning, before there was anything –
before there was beginning, itself –
God said –
All: “Let there be…”
One: And there was!
Light and heat.
Fire and flame.
All: Melding and melting,
changing and creating,
combining the building blocks
to make all matter.

One: Light and heat,
fire and flame.
All: That brings life,
that takes life,
a force of nature.

One: And God said, “This is great!”
All: It was great.
It is great!

One: In the beauty of the earth, the fire,
the water, the air;
with the music of the spheres
filling our hearts;
with all creation living its joy –
All: We worship the One it said, “Let there be…”
Alleluia!

*Opening Prayer:
All: God of all creation,
you are wonderful!
You are present in the Holy Spirit’s
fire,
sometimes filling us up,
making us ready to go –
sometimes overwhelming us,
causing us to stop and be.
Let your fire burn in us, now,
God most holy!
Alleluia!

Creation 5: Water: Luke 8.22-25
Call to Gather
One: In the beginning, before there was anything –
before there was beginning, itself –
God said –
All: “Let there be…”
One: And there was!
Water. Standing and flowing.
Roiling and bubbling.
Calming and stormy.
All: The birthplace of all life.
The element that fills our bodies,
and refreshes our souls.

One: And God said, “This is great!”
All: It was great.
It is great!

One: In the beauty of the earth, the fire,
the water, the air;
with the music of the spheres
filling our hearts;
with all creation living its joy –
All: We worship the One it said, “Let there be…”
Alleluia!

*Opening Prayer:
All: God of all creation,
you are wonderful!
Your grace showers on Creation,
like the rain falls on us today.
Sometimes like a mist that surrounds.
Sometimes like a torrent that soaks.
Sometimes like a river
that carries us away.
Thank you for that grace.
Thank you for that love.
Thank you, God of All!
Alleluia!

Creation 6: Plants and Animals: Genesis 2.18-20
Call to Gather:
One: In the beginning, before there was anything –
before there was beginning, itself –
God said –
All: “Let there be…”
One: And there was!
Plants – single celled and many celled.
Growing in the water.
Growing on the land.
Reaching to the sun!
All: Life that moves!
No legs, two legs, many legs –
insects and animals,
fish of the sea,
birds of the air –
living, moving, being!

One: And God said, “This is great!”
All: It was great.
It is great!

One: In the beauty of the earth, the fire,
the water, the air;
with the music of the spheres
filling our hearts;
with all creation living its joy –
All: We worship the One it said, “Let there be…”
Alleluia!

Opening Prayer: Baba Yetu – on screen

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