call to worship

Here we gather—
gather to hear
the Word—
in and through words of comfort
and words of challenge,
words of truth and words of grace,
words of acceptance and assurance,
and words of judgment and expectation,
words to remind us of what’s been,
to confront what is and to inspire what might yet be—
all, ultimately, words of hope and encouragement.

Here we gather—
gather to hear
the Word,
and to learn—
to learn in community
to grasp after the truth of God
with one hand
even as the truth of God extends toward us always,
and to learn in community to grasp for the truth of our world
with the other hand,
even as the world seeks to keep that hand
so firmly grasped in its own versions of reality.

May our study and our reflections,
our service and our worship,
and our hands consistently brought together in prayer
bring our truths together
into new possibilities of hope and transformation.

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