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!

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call to worship: thus says the Lord

submitted by Rev. Sarah Wiles, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Tacoma, Washington
a call to worship adapted from Jeremiah 6:16, and echoing the rest Jesus promises in Matthew 11:28.

Thus says the Lord, stand at the crossroads, and look.
Ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies;
Walk in it, and find rest for your souls.

We come, O Lord,
seeking the ancient paths, the good way.
We come, O Lord,
seeking rest for our souls.
We come, O Lord,
longing to worship you.

Brainstorming: 4th of July weekend

Some of us studiously avoid the civic-holidays and patriotism in worship. Some of us don’t have that luxury. Others of us are working on how to celebrate communion on a civic holiday, or dreaming up creative worship ideas that are easier to test out in the summer. And some of us are already tired of ordinary time, only 3 weeks in. Whether you fall into any of these categories or you just want to brainstorm how to approach “come to me, all you that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest” yet again (but not in a funeral this time!), come share–what ideas do you have for this 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time?