Saturday, October 11, 2014

Narrative Lectionary Liturgy Bits--October 12, 2014

Here's what I came up with for the Call to Worship and Benediction. I have also been using two resources, Bread for the Journey (ed., Ruth Duck) and Touch Holiness (ed. Ruth Duck and Maren Tirabassi; seems to be out of print) with of course due credit given! They use inclusive language, too, which I appreciate. They are mostly arranged around the church year, so they can be used with either lectionary cycle.

Call to Worship
One: We are mortal, and our days are like grass; we flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and lost to memory.
Many: But from everlasting to everlasting God’s love is with those who revere God, and God’s blessings with their descendants, with those who listen to God’s instructions and keep God’s covenant.
One: Praise God, you angels who do God’s bidding and who obey God’s word. 
Many:  Praise the Eternal One, all the heavenly hosts, you God’s servants who do God’s  will.  Praise God, O my soul.

(from Psalm 103)

Benediction
One: As we part from each other and go out into the world, into our work, our week, God goes with us.
Many: Amen!
One: Wherever your journey takes you, God goes with you.
Many: Thanks be to God!
One: And may the blessing of Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer rest upon you now and eternally, amen.
Many: Amen!

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