a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

prayer: other side of Christmas

God of our fulfillment,
as we gather on the other side of Christmas Day,
we rejoice that we have just scratched the surface
in understanding the good news that is before us!
How great you are that you have chosen us as your dwelling place!
Bless our worship this day that we might hear it with fresh ears and open hearts.  Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Stephen M. Fearing, Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, NY

CTW: welcome to the house

We gather this morning to sing and pray as the family of God.
Welcome to the house of the Lord!

We gather to hear God’s Word and to share in God’s Meal.
Welcome to the house of the Lord!

We gather as unique individuals, carrying joys and burdens we don’t know how to share.
Welcome to the house of the Lord!

We gather, young and old, rich and poor, gay and straight, tired and full of energy.
Welcome to the house of the Lord!

We gather, not to stay here, but to be sent with inspiration to serve all of God’s world!
Welcome to the house of the Lord!


Submitted by Rev. Katya Ouchakof, Lake Edge Lutheran Church, Madison WI

CTW: gather, hold, send

Gather us in, O God,
Your people are here to worship!
Hold us in faith, O God,
We are here to serve.
Send us in hope, O God,
We are here to follow.
Submitted by Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben, Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church, Canyon Lake TX

CTW: home

L:  Whether we live in an apartment or a house;
if we reside in the suburbs or the city:
P:  God tells us to pray for the places where we live.
L:  Whether we are exiles or prisoners for the gospel;
if we are young, old, insider, outcast:
P:  God says, ‘when you search for me, you will find me.’
L: Whether we have been wandering and lost;
or if we have lived in the same place all our lives:
P:  God says, ‘I will gather you from all your places and bring you home.’


Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, Lectionary Liturgies.

communion preface: Gather Us

One: Great God the evidence of your love covers our world.
All:   Great creator, gather us as your children
One:   Jesus, God incarnate, we are grateful for your continued lessons of love, service, and sacrifice
All:   Great redeemer, gather us as your friends
One:   Breath of God, we feel your presence in, around, and among us
All:   Holy Spirit, gather us as your people
One:   (continues with communion prayer)

Submitted by Rev. Kathleen Sheets, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Jesup, IA

call to worship: breathe in

Wipe the sleep from your tired eyes…
Stretch the gnawing apathy from your aching muscles…
Breathe in…deeply…the goodness of God…
And let your lives be renewed…now…as we worship together!


Submitted by Rev. Scott Cervas, Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church, Lexington KY

CTW: an open invitation…

Submitted by Rev. Scott Cervas, Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church, this Call to Worship for Independence Day weekend was inspired by “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, the sonnet which hangs inside the Statue of Liberty.

Let’s be gathered…here…together…
those of us who are tired and want to be renewed;
those of us who are impoverished and seek nourishment;
those of us who are suffocating and yearn to breathe free;
those of us who are ignored and long for a sense of purpose;
those of us who are tossed about and long for a place to belong;
Let’s be gathered…here…together…all of us…and worship God!

CTW: drawn together

Submitted by Rev. Scott Cervas, Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church

Let’s gather…
to catch a glimpse of God’s vision for our lives and all of creation;
to witness the presence of Christ in this place and in one another;
to feel the Spirit of God moving around us, among us, and within us!
We are drawn together as a community
to give thanks, to be renewed, and to share our lives.
So let’s be drawn together now to worship God!

CTW: here in this place

A call to worship based on the hymn “gather us in” (we used it when the theme worked but the hymn did not).
Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church

One:      Here in this place, God’s light is streaming in.
All:      We gather in God’s light, to be light for the world.
One:      Here in this place, God’s wind is blowing.
All:      We gather—young and old, rich and poor, strong and weak—
to be renewed by the breath of God.

One:      Here in this place, God’s fire is burning.
All:      We gather to be set on fire with God’s love.