Here's what I've been writing lately. Not sermons, but responsive readings for worship. I've mostly taken the scripture for the week and incorporated it into a responsive call to worship. It started with the one I wrote in September for our church's 100th Anniversary and I'm including here one I wrote for our second service last week.
For the Centennial Celebration of First Christian Church:
Leader: We have come to celebrate the work of God in this place today.
People: Thanks be to God!
Leader: O God for the church as is stands today, and for the church throughout the last 100 years we are truly grateful.
People: We give thanks to the God of our history, our present and our future.
Leader: Most of all, Gracious God we are thankful for the people. Those who dreamed a dream, planned and worked toward a vision called First Christian Church.
People: We lift up the great saints who have gone before us.
Leader: This day with thank you for all the lives that have been touched by this place.
People: We thank you for baptisms, weddings, funerals and all the celebrations this church has seen.
Leader: But most of all God we are deeply indebted to you for the gift of your son Jesus Christ.
People: In Christ we live and move and have our being.
Leader: It is Christ who calls us together as a church, beckons us beyond our divisions and reminds us that we are one.
People: In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek,
Leader: Slave nor free
People: Male nor female
Leader: For we are all one in Christ Jesus
People: Let us worship together for we all belong to Christ!
Call to Worship for October 25
based on Hebrews 10:19-24
L: Oh God, we come to worship you this day
P: In Spirit and in truth!
L: Let us approach you with a true heart
P: In full assurance of faith
L: May we come to this worship service loving you
P: And loving each other
L: For we know we have a great priest over the house of God
P: And his name is Jesus Christ!
L: Let us worship God through Jesus Christ in this sacred hour together. Amen.
And finally for a special treat I present to you a few photos from one of my favorite parts of my job- a baby dedication!! This was the dedication of Quinn Samuel, the son of my dear friends Lance and Jori.