For Proper 35: Leviticus 19.1-2,15-18; Matthew 22.34-46

And following a tragedy.

Call to Gather
One: In a world that cries out, “Fear me!”
All: We will listen to Jesus’ words,
“Don’t be afraid!”

One: In a world that wants us to hate the other…
All: We will live Jesus’ call to,
“Love God. Love your neighbour, as you love yourself.”

One: In a world that radicalizes…
All: We, too, will be radical.
Radical with our hospitality.
Radical with our hope.
Radical with our love.

One: Then come to this place,
ready to be who we are called to be.
All Let us gather together
and worship God.

Opening Prayer
All: Creator-of-all,
again we have faced a week of loss,
a time of confusion,
of sadness.
We ask you to bless our tears,
and the tears of our neighbours –
of every faith and worldview,
of every place and time.
Let these tears become a healing ointment.
Let these tears become signs of your grace.
In Jesus’ name we ask it. Amen.

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For Thanksgiving Sunday

Lighting the Christ Candle
One: All creation is made of star-stuff.
From the basic building blocks of the universe,
come fire, air, earth and water.
All: And all creation sings praise
to the Creator of all.

One: Baptized by the waters of the sky,
standing firm on the earth,
breathing deep the breath of life,
warmed by this flame…
All: we go where Christ’s light shines!
One: Alleluia!
All: Alleluia, amen!

Call to Gather
One: Make a joyful noise, all the earth!
Sisters and brothers on two feet and four.
Cousins who sing praise,
with growls and yips,
with birdsong and whistle,
with sound and scent
that human beings cannot understand.
All: Make a joyful noise!
One: Sing your praise with all your life!
All: Make a joyful noise!
Give thanks to God, your God!

One: For you are God’s own,
created in love.
Before humankind you were.
You are God’s own,
created in love!
All: Make a joyful noise!
Give thanks to God, your God!

One: Listen – and join in the song…. (attached sound is played)
All: Alleluia! Amen!

Opening Prayer
All: For life and all its goodness,
we thank you, loving God.
For our friends that fly.
For our friends that swim.
For our friends that burrow and squirm.
For our friends that walk, trot and run,
on feet tiny or huge.

They are holy. They are yours.
As important to you, as we are.

One: But their voices are going silent.
Women: We confess.
Men: We confess…

All: That we have made a difference in your world,
and not for the better.

One: Even as we give thanks, we know
that in less than 50 years,
we have caused over half of the animals you created
to disappear. To die. To move towards extinction.
All: Let this time of worship,
be a time that opens us to what is right and true.
Help us, O God, to be people of Thanksgiving.
Help us, O God, to live in ways
that restore, rather than destroy.

One: Let our lives truly be –
All: worship of you.
May it be so.

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