One: The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, as it had come to many others before him:
All: I formed you, I know you, I appoint you.
One: And Jeremiah, like many others before and since, protested.
All: But God doesn’t take excuses, and sent him to go and speak and build and plant.
One: God put the words into his mouth, that he might proclaim good news.
All: Still God puts God’s word out into the world through human mouths!
One: The word of the Lord comes to us, too, in this place and this time: I formed you, I know you, I appoint you.
All: And so we come to worship, to be made yet again into the builders of God’s kingdom.
Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL.