Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Repsonsive Readings and Baby Dedications

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.

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