call to worship: breathe in

Submitted by Rev. Scott Cervas, Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church, Lexington KY

Wipe the sleep from your tired eyes…
Stretch the gnawing apathy from your aching muscles…
Breathe in…deeply…the goodness of God…
And let your lives be renewed…now…as we worship together!

CTW: an open invitation…

Submitted by Rev. Scott Cervas, Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church, this Call to Worship for Independence Day weekend was inspired by “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, the sonnet which hangs inside the Statue of Liberty.


Let’s be gathered…here…together…
those of us who are tired and want to be renewed;
those of us who are impoverished and seek nourishment;
those of us who are suffocating and yearn to breathe free;
those of us who are ignored and long for a sense of purpose;
those of us who are tossed about and long for a place to belong;
Let’s be gathered…here…together…all of us…and worship God!

CTW: drawn together

Submitted by Rev. Scott Cervas, Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church

Let’s gather…
to catch a glimpse of God’s vision for our lives and all of creation;
to witness the presence of Christ in this place and in one another;
to feel the Spirit of God moving around us, among us, and within us!
We are drawn together as a community
to give thanks, to be renewed, and to share our lives.
So let’s be drawn together now to worship God!

CTW: here in this place

A call to worship based on the hymn “gather us in” (we used it when the theme worked but the hymn did not).
Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church

One:      Here in this place, God’s light is streaming in.
All:      We gather in God’s light, to be light for the world.
One:      Here in this place, God’s wind is blowing.
All:      We gather—young and old, rich and poor, strong and weak—
to be renewed by the breath of God.

One:      Here in this place, God’s fire is burning.
All:      We gather to be set on fire with God’s love.