Proper 18 – Year C

Taken from the earth…
Like lumps of clay.
Made from the soil…
like lumps of clay.
Moulded and fashioned…
like lumps of clay.
Worked and re-worked…
like lumps of clay.
People of God, look around you!
Look and see what God has made –
your sisters and brothers…
creations of beauty!
The birds of the air,
the fish of the sea…
creations of joy!
Every star, every planet,
every atom, every quark…
creations of love!
As part of this love-given, joy filled,
beautiful creation –
let us give thanks to the Potter
who invites us into being.
Alleluia. Alleluia! ALLELUIA!

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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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Trinity Sunday – Year B

In the Name of God:
Parent, Creator, Giver-Of-Life…
We gather in this place.
In the Holy Name of Jesus the Christ:
Child, Redeemer, Teacher, Friend…
We gather in this place.
In the Holy Name of the Spirit:
Holy Ghost, Sustainer, Daily Guide…
We gather in this place.
In the Holy Name of the One who is Three
and the Three who are One…
we gather to celebrate Life.

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Proper 8 – Year C

And God says, “Children, go where I send thee!”
How shall you send me?
“I’m gonna send you, one by one,
all for the itty, bitty baby,
who was born in Bethlehem.”
And where shall we go?
Together, at God’s invitation,
we’ll walk with the Christ.
Together, at God’s invitation,
we’ll follow in Christ’s footsteps.

The Way is not easy.
But we will be together.
Singing, laughing, crying, loving.
Helping each other on the journey.

Alleluia!
Alleluia, amen!

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Proper 8 – Year B

He said, “Taliatha cum.”
“Little girl, get up!”
He says the same to us.
Sisters and brothers, get up!
Rise up from your failings, your fears, your faults.
Rise up from all that keeps you bound.
“Your faith as set you free.”
Our faith has set us free!
Alleluia!
Alleluia, amen.

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Proper 7 – Year C

In the beginning.
In the beginning!
God created everything there is.
Everything?
Yes – everything.
Out of chaos God made order
and out of the order came everything:
the sea, the sky,
the plants, the animals,
the fish, the birds,
and us!
God created us!

God created us,
that we might be caretakers of creation,
in union with God and with all.

We gather,
to remember our responsibilities.
And in that remembering,
we worship God.

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Proper 7 – Year B

There are times when the seas of our lives
are calm and life-giving –
and Christ call us to “put out into deep water.”
There are times when the seas of our lives
are turbulent and terrifying –
and Christ calls us to “put out into deep water.”
There are times when the seas of our lives
threaten to overwhelm our tiny vessels –
and Christ calls us to “put out into deep water.”
And we go…
Where Christ calls us –
to be with all God’s people – in good times and bad.
To go to the places of deep water –
in friendship, in love, in truth.
To go knowing that we are God’s beloved children.

Then let us “put out into deep water”,
knowing that we go with God!

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Proper 7 – Year B

We are one in the Spirit.
We are one in Christ.
How can we who are many, be one?
Don’t we disagree?
Aren’t we fractious?
Sometimes.
But through it all,
we know that Christ walks with us.

With us all?
With us all.
Even though we might live our faith in different ways..
We are still God’s people together.
Come, let us worship our God!

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Christian Family Sunday

Sisters, brothers, come to this place!
Mothers, fathers, sing praises to God.
Grammas and Grandpas, share the Story.
Aunts and uncles, dance the Dance.
Family by blood – Christ’s blood.
Family by spirit – Christ’s Spirit.
Come, for God calls you.
As one family, we come to worship our God!

First printed in “gathering: resources for worship planners” Lent/Easter/Pentecost 2005

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