At Peace Mennonite, we are using the Narrative Lectionary right now. Of course, being the non-conformists that we are, we aren’t on the actual Narrative Lectionary schedule. Which means that the worship pieces I’m writing for the next several weeks may not have any relation to what you are doing in worship at your church.
Nevertheless, here are calls to worship from last Sunday and this coming Sunday:
As Abraham welcomed the strangers
So God welcomes us.
God greets us with joy
and says, “rest here for awhile.”
God brings out water to wash our dusty feet.
God prepares a meal to nourish our weary spirits.
So let us receive the gracious hospitality of our God.
Let us rest in this holy place
where there is shade and water, food and laughter.
(Genesis 39 & 40–Joseph in Egypt)
We gather for worship trusting that God is with us.
God was with us as we awoke and dressed, ate breakfast and traveled to this place.
We gather to become more alert to God’s presence in our lives.
God will be with us in the week to come, as we work and rest, laugh and cry.
We gather to gain strength for the journey ahead.
God is with us now, in this place, as we sing and pray, listen and speak.
Thanks be to God!
(Followed by “What is this place,” #1 in the Mennonite hymnal)