Blessings in the Waters: A Call to Worship, by Rev. Kerry Greenhill

This Sunday is the Baptism of Jesus, and we have a free liturgical gift for all of you pastors and worship planners – a call to worship based on Genesis 1:1-5 and Mark 1:4-11.

waters-sunlightBlessings in the Waters: A Call to Worship

(words in bold are intended to be spoken by the congregation)

In the beginning, God moved over the waters,
calling forth light and darkness,
naming Day and Night,
blessing the new creation.

Come, Spirit of God, and speak to us today.

In the time of the flood, God moved amidst the waters,
calling forth Noah and his family
to protect God’s creatures from destruction,
promising to be a God of life and not death.

Come, Spirit of God, and speak to us today.

In the flight from Egypt, God moved to part the waters,
calling forth the people of Israel
out of bondage in Egypt
to freedom in the wilderness.

Come, Spirit of God, and speak to us today.

In the Incarnation, God-in-the-flesh broke forth
from the waters of Mary’s womb,
crying out for love and protection
as a vulnerable child,
embodying the promise of Emmanuel, God with us.

Come, Spirit of God, and speak to us today.

In the Jordan River, Jesus the Christ submitted to the waters,
was submerged in their chilly currents,
arose to the voice of God calling him forth,
naming him Beloved Child,
blessed and pleasing and chosen.

Come, Spirit of God, and speak to us today.

May we, too, know the loving voice of God’s Spirit,
calling forth, naming, and blessing each of us
as we gather for worship this day.

Come, Spirit of God, speak to us today.

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© Kerry Greenhill 2015. Permission is given to use this in congregational worship, with attribution to the author.

If you like this call to worship, consider commissioning a special liturgy or inviting Rev. Kerry to work with you and your congregation to bring a new perspective to your church’s worship. Contact us today to find out more about how we can support your ministries!

One thought on “Blessings in the Waters: A Call to Worship, by Rev. Kerry Greenhill

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