by Rev. Kerry Greenhill © 2019

Based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

a heart is painted in red on many hands placed close together
Photo by Tim Marshall on Unsplash

Call to Worship

One: It would be more convenient to be independent,
lone ranger Christians who can find our own path,
not beholden to others or woven into their lives in any significant way.

Many: But we are the body of Christ, and individually members of it.

One: It would be more satisfying to be able to earn salvation,
or at least climb our way up the ladder of spiritual maturity,
instead of receiving these things as gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Many: But we are the body of Christ, and individually members of it.

One: It would be more comfortable to flock together
only with those who are spiritual birds of a feather,
agreeing with each other and looking down on those who see things differently.

Many: But we are the body of Christ, and individually members of it.

All: May our worship and our lives reflect this truth, today and each day.
Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession

God of steadfast loving-kindness,
we confess we have not honored one another
as interconnected members in the Body of Christ.

We have said to – and about – one another,
“I have no need of you,”
or “We would be better off without them.”

We have forgotten to look for your image
in the faces of our neighbors and enemies.

We have forgotten that we are all one family together.

Forgive us, we pray, and heal us of our bitterness.

Teach us what it is to say with John Wesley ,
“Though we do not think alike, may we not love alike?
May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion?”

Shape us more into the image of Christ each day,
that while we hold fast to what we believe is most acceptable to you,
we may hold more tightly to the hand of our siblings
as we work together to share your love with the world.

Amen.

Benediction

As you go from here today,
may you know that God loves you unconditionally,
may you remember that you have value and purpose and belonging
here in the Body of Christ,
and may you experience anew the gifts of the Holy Spirit
for yourself
and in those who are different from you,
practicing kindness with everyone you meet.
Amen.

 

These liturgies are from From Glory to Glory: Following the Spirit from Epiphany to Transfiguration, a worship series exploring how to live together amidst diversity and disagreement, created for United Methodist churches in the weeks leading up to the General Conference 2019. Learn more about the series and order it here, or email Kerry@SacredStonesMinistries.org to request an outline of themes and Scriptures.

Permission is granted to reproduce these liturgies for use in worship. Please include “by Kerry Greenhill © 2019, http://www.SacredStonesMinistries.org” in any printed or projected materials. If you appreciate this resource, we welcome a donation of $10 (or whatever you can afford) to support the ongoing mission and work of Sacred Stones Ministries, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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