Jacob was on the run, and slept outdoors. He dreamed of a stairway to heaven, and angels were going up and down on it. And God spoke to him in the dream.
And so God tells us, “I’ll stay with you. I’ll protect you wherever you go. I’ll stick with you.”
Jacob woke up and said:
“God is in this place—truly. And I didn’t even know it!”
And he was afraid, and said,
“Incredible. Wonderful. Holy. This is God’s house. This is the gate of heaven.”
This is God’s house, the gate of heaven this morning. Surely God is in this place. Let us worship God.
A Call to Worship for Ordinary 16A, based on The Message version of Genesis 28.10-19a, submitted by Rev. Dan Hayward, United Church of Canada, Ingleside and Newington United Churches, South Stormont, Ontario.