Quote for thought

“The chain of hand to hand is unbreakable.” – Dane Kutler*

*This liturgy is a compilation of words and phrases taken from Dane Kutler’s poetic work, The Book of Solace.

Call to Worship:

One: Bring your unspoken doubts, your anguise, your fears. Come in defiance, come in agony, come in debilitating joy.
All: We are here, we have come.
One: Listen for that still small voice that whispers even when you cannot hear: “I am here. I am here. I am here.”
All: We are not alone.
One: There is much to find here. We can hold all that can no longer be carried.

All: Amen.

Opening Prayer:

Dear God, when we enter the house of the grieving, open our hands to whatever comes from the uncovered wells of mourning. May we witness, may we nourish. May our prayers be turned into acts of love, into the Holy Work of caring for your creation. In the wake of tragedy, may we care for body and soul, contribute to efforts of mourning and repair, and speak truth to seek justice in the most influential ways, whether at our front gates or in the very ears of power. Amen.

Scripture

This week’s lectionary (for October 8, 2017) is

I have chosen to preach from the Philippians text, with the sermon title being: “Where is God?”

Hymn Options:

Christ, Be Our Light
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Be Still My Soul
When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
God’s Eye Is On the Sparrow
I Want Jesus to Go With Me

Please feel free to use/change/adapt this liturgy. I just ask that credit be given, particularly to the words of Dane Kutler.

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