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Call to Worship: Feed us Justice (Ezekiel 34:11-24)

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Great Shepherd, feed us.
Feed us joy when we despair.

Great Shepherd, feed us.
Feed us humility when we lose ourselves in pride.

Great Shepherd, feed us.
Feed us peace when we are overwhelmed with chaos.

Great Shepherd, feed us.
Feed us hope when we are lost.

Great Shepherd, feed us.
Feed us justice when we stray.

Nourish us, O God, so that we may be nourishment for the world. Feed us, O Shepherd, so that we may gain strength to resist the powers and principalities of oppression. Guide us, O Great Jehovah, so that we may be reflections of your light in a world obscured by division, hatred, and fear.  

An Affirmation of Faith

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I believe in God the divine parent: provider of sustenance, challenge, and relief; who has created all and continues to create among us even now; who is among us in ways we can know, and in ways unknowable.

I believe in Jesus Christ the beloved child, our savior: redeemer of humanity, deliverer from sin; who is the poured out love of God in creation, simultaneously human and divine; who was born of Mary, and sought safety in Egypt as a refugee; who amazed rabbis and priests as a child; who preached and performed miracles as an itinerant and homeless prophet; who was an unjustly convicted and executed criminal of the Roman Empire—his death was overturned by the will of God, and his resurrection has defeated the power of death.

I believe in the Holy Spirit the constant helper: whose presence inspires and whose movement among us reveals God in our midst; who works with the church and despite the church to bring about God’s will in creation; who works with us and despite us to spread God’…

"The Homeless" - Call to Worship Luke 9:51-62

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My congregation is journeying with a new worship series inspired by the work of the inimitable Dr. Marcia McFee, who provides excellent resources on worship at www.worshipdesignstudio.com. The worship series is called "The Outsider," and explores the many types of people on the margins that Jesus encounters (or inspires people to become) in the Gospel of Luke. I look forward to sharing further creative ideas I come across as we dream this worship series into life. This Sunday, we will journey with "the homeless" as we explore Jesus' experience of the "hospitality" of Samaria, and the persistence of the hemorrhaging woman. What follows is our call to worship that begins with the singing of "God Welcomes All," a song brought to us from South Africa by John Bell of the Iona worshiping community in Scotland.


God welcomes all, strangers and friends.
God’s love is strong and it never ends.(John Bell; South Africa)

“Foxes have holes, and birds of the…

The "Open Carry" of Moderate White Supremacy

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I was recently in Pioneer Park in Downtown Dallas.



"Dallas Pioneer Park Cemetery is the final resting place of six Dallas Mayors, three War of 1812 Veterans, nine heroes of the Texas Revolution, twenty-nine (one Union & twenty-eight Confederate) Civil War Veterans, fourteen Peters Colonists, five members of the La Reunion French Colony, four Colonels of the Confederacy, two County Judges, two District Judges, two notable historical women, one State Senator, one Lieutenant Governor & numerous other city & county officials of the earliest governments of Dallas County, including early doctors, lawyers, clergymen, merchants, fallen law enforcement officers & firemen, engineers, business leaders, mothers & children. The epitaphs & artwork of the monuments honoring loved ones long gone meant something to those left behind. The markers that have withstood the years, elements & vandals remain as a tangible link to Dallas' past.” (http://freepages.history.r…

Call to Worship: Traveling (Luke 10:1-11, 16-20)

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My congregation will soon embark on a new worship series inspired by the work of the inimitable Dr. Marcia McFee, who provides excellent resources on worship at www.worshipdesignstudio.com. The worship series is called "The Outsider," and explores the many types of people on the margins that Jesus encounters (or inspires people to become) in the Gospel of Luke. I look forward to sharing further creative ideas I come across as we dream this worship series into life. On our first Sunday, we will journey with "the traveler" as we explore Jesus' sending of the Disciples in groups of two and our churches' responsibility to be havens to all kinds of travelers.. What follows is our call to worship.

Peace to this house!
May we bring peace with us wherever we go.

When the journey has been long,
may we bring peace with us wherever we go.

When our burdens weigh us down,
may we bring peace with us wherever we go.

When the long paths we have taken leave scars,
may we bring …

Call to Worship - A Look at Sin

In the beginning, God loved us into life;
and God said, "This is good!"
In our story, we repeatedly stumble; and God says, "I am with you always."
In our society, we learn how to hate one another and ourselves; and God says, "I am love, whoever does not love does not know me."
For all have sin, and fall short of the glory of God; and God says, "Fear not, I am with you now and forevermore."
Glory to God, source of all love. Redeemer of all creation. Sustainer of all life. Amen.

Call to Worship - Trinity Sunday: "In the name of the Lover, Beloved and Love itself"

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Creating, Saving, Dancing God of Three,
We give thanks to you, divine Trinity. 

Almighty Father, Mother, Parent;
humble Savior, holy Servant, Lord of love;
and moving, breathing, igniting Holy Spirit; unite us as you are united:
as a community so intertwined with itself in love and hope,
that no difference can be made between its persons.

Let the movement of our community be love. 
Let the actions of our community be love. 
Let the presence of our community be love. 

Words and ideas cannot contain you.
We worship You, our relational, diverse God.
In the name of the Lover, Beloved, and Love itself,

Amen.