(based on Hebrews 12:1)
Leader: We come to worship with family – family by birth, by marriage, by friendship.
People: As Noah’s wife and children filled the ark, as Aaron spoke for Moses, as Ruth came alongside Naomi, we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.
Leader: We come to worship with neighbors – neighbors by proximity, by circumstance, by need.
People: As God’s people traveled together in the wilderness, as Abraham entertained angels unawares, as the Samaritan cared for the Israelite, we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.
All: As we come before you, Oh God, make us your cloud of witnesses.