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CTW: citizens of a kingdom

We come before the God of resident and alien, native and sojourner –
As Adam and Eve fled the Garden,
As Noah drifted rudderless,
As Abraham and Sarah fled famine, followed God, and journeyed everywhere but home

The God whose call knows no borders –
As Israel and Joseph were reunited and reconciled as refugees in Egypt
As Moses, a refugee was saved from death
As the Hebrews fled Egypt without time even to bake bread

The God of refuge, who chooses the poor –
Whose Law a dozen times demands justice for native and alien alike,
Who calls us to leave the gleanings for the poor and refugee,
For whom Cities of Refuge were built to house all those fleeing persecution

We come before this very God, citizens in a Kingdom that is alien to the world –
Called to love strangers as God does,
To follow Jesus the refugee who fled persecution
And to offer hospitality to all; to welcome as we have been welcomed.

Submitted by Rev. Doug Hagler, First Presbyterian Church, Phoenixville, PA

call to worship: we gather here

a call to worship for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, after reading Exodus 33:12-23
submitted by Rev. Andy James, First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone, New York

We gather here, hoping to catch a glimpse of God’s face.
We gather here, longing for the fullness of God’s grace.
Here God steps into our world and walks this way with us.
Here we join our voices in praise for our God who shows us all that we need.