a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

Invitation: let them come

Just after the scripture reading we focused on today,
Jesus offers an invitation we all need to hear:
“Let the little children come to me…”
Let the humble, the meek, the ignored come.
Let the noisy, the misbehaving, the boisterous come.
Let the ones who ask the hard questions come.
Let the ones who trust in ways we cannot understand come.
Let all come to the table,
“…and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”
It is to us, my friends, that the kingdom of God belongs.
All are welcome at this table.

 

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids, IA

illumination: love leaps

Holy Spirit, Holy Word,
may your love leap within us
and your stories seal themselves to our hearts.
As we prepare to welcome Jesus Christ,
may we first welcome your wisdom to our worship.  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: we are welcome

One-Is there anyone here who has ever felt scared or worried on a Sunday morning? Were you wondering-will I fit in? Will I be welcome? Does God still love me? The answer is yes!

Come in your suits, your shorts, your flip flops, and your dresses.

All-We are welcome here.

One-Come from your jobs, your shelters, your schools, and your retirement homes.

All-We are welcome here.

One-Come wearing smiles, shedding tears, looking nervous or frightened, and with your anger.

All-We are welcome here.

One-Come with your questions and answers. Come with your prayer requests and answered prayers. Come to sing songs you love and songs others love. Come to hear God’s Word as part of this faith community.

All-We are God’s beloved. Let us worship our God who loves us just as we are.

 

Submitted by Rev. Susannah DeBenedetto, Salisbury, Maryland

CTW: All Are Welcome

The God of creation is the God of all things.
All are equal in God’s eyes.
A fathering God made the trees that shelter the birds.
A mothering God created yielding soil for burrowing creatures.
God knows the longing of a heart for a home.
God provides a home for our hearts.
God’s presence meets us in doors and hallways.
God’s Spirit lingers in kitchens and living rooms.
God commands that we who have been welcomed must in turn be welcoming.
God walks with those who are turned away from welcome.
May the God of shelter inspire our worship.
May the God of homecoming inspire our welcome.
All are welcome where God is,
There is nowhere we can go that God is not.
All are welcome.
All are welcome. 

 

Submitted by Rev. Julia Seymour, Lutheran Church of Hope, Anchorage, AK.