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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Proper 17 – Year A

Christ says, “Come, follow me.”
And we say, “Where?”
Christ says, “Come, follow me.”
And we ask, “Who else is going?”
Christ says, “Come, follow me.”
And we want to know,
“How far will you take us?”

Christ says, “Come, follow me.”

Are we ready to go?

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