Call to Worship
Gathering to seek the favour of God,
we hope to be anointed
by the presence of the Eternal One.
In that blessing
we are to receive good news
that speaks to the poor,
the broken hearted and the captives,
that all may be released
from the darkness
that looms in their experiences.
We come to be comforted,
that in turn we may offer comfort,
allowing the beauty of creation
to become a garment
that causes hearts to sing.
The Lord will lead us through what we thought were ruins
to find the hope and potential
with the promise offered in faith.
Come let us delight
in the provision of God,
whose provision reaches beyond
You are to be praised
for You place Your trust and hope
in the humility of human form.
Not interested in wealth and status,
You invest in tenderness,
to bring the presence of Your love
into the sight of those
who are to be lifted high.
Beyond our understanding of time and space,
You story repeats and renews
in every generation,
ringing with wonder,
causing the ignored and excluded
to be noticed.
As we are blessed by the presence of the Holy Spirit,
make us aware of our prejudices
and our search for status and recognition.
As we walk past those who sit destitute,
give us the courage to question why,
and to challenge the normality of the experience.
As we watch televisions stories
of children who will be hungry
or not have the healthcare they need,
empower us to be vocal
in the calls we make on governments
and recognise that small changes
are the ripples that create waves.
As we seek Your forgiveness,
may we be open to the changes
that You create within our lives,
so that creation
finds the Incarnation waiting to be born in our time.