CALL TO WORSHIP
One: O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the LORD your God.
All: We gather to witness the Spirit poured out on all flesh.
Now-walking toddler is finally asleep, grandparents (important toddler backup) are near Yellowstone (jealous!), husband is working all the hours this week, difficult cat is still outside in the rain after falling out the (first story) window, and what all I had already written for this Sunday was lost in a phone reincarnation and through my own errors leading to this being the third prayer of confession somehow. I’m sorry I’m not getting this out earlier. And I’m even preaching this Sunday, too. I’m going to take out a few things this week just to save my sanity and get this to you. Thanks for sticking with me.
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: We gather today to worship the God of eternal love and hope.
All: My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust
At least a third of the visitors to this site are not from the United States, and I love that so very much! It keeps me conscious of not having country-specific references, and so I did not write anything into this Sunday’s liturgy about a day that changed this nation for forever. I also recognize that 9/11 was one day for us but there are years and decades of terrorism and destruction and life-changing moments in other places. What was for us a moment is for others all they have ever known.
I also had my own, particular story that day which I wrote about 6 years ago. Here is a postcard snippet of that day for me: Continue reading