call to worship

We call ourselves to worship as if we’ve been somewhere else—
like parents calling children in from play to dinner:
“Communion’s on the table! Hurry! Invocation’s getting cold!”
as if we need to be called in from out there to in here—
from what we’ve been doing to what we’re going to do—
as if we’ve been called from the mundane into the sacred.
“Make sure you wash up before you come to the table, okay?”
And yet our faith story is of the sacred that comes into the mundane.
So maybe worship serves to remind us,
in the light of the stories of God,
“Would you pass some prayer?”
“Hey! Leave some scripture for the rest of us!”—
maybe worship serves to remind us
who we are both in here and out there—
doing this and doing that—
remind us of whose we are
because that truth informs everything.
“Is there some salt to go with this sermon?”
And so we call ourselves to worship
as both reminder of and sustenance for who and whose we are
in this our responsive call to remember and affirm ….
“Would anyone else like this last hymn?”

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