How Large Your Heart, a call to worship based on Matthew 18.21-35

GOD is love, i john 4 7 8Based on Matthew 18:21-35, parable of the unforgiving servant

How large your heart, my King
How great your forgiveness
How generous your mercy

How large your heart, my King
How deep your compassion
How quick your charity

How large your heart, my King
How extravagant your grace
How present your hope

Glory to your Holy Name!

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How Large Your Heart © 2017 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Prayer- The Treasure Within Us (2 Corinthians 4)

treasure clay jarsBased on 2 Corinthians 4:7-12

This prayer could be offered by a single voice, a group praying in unison, or as indicated with a single voice on the regular print and all voices on the bold print.

Yes, we are merely clay jars
But within us is treasure
The extraordinary resurrection power of Jesus
Hallelujah! Glory to God!

Yes, we are afflicted
Yes we are confused
But within us is treasure
The extraordinary resurrection power of Jesus
We are not crushed
We do not give in to despair
Hallelujah! Glory to God!

Yes, we are persecuted
Yes, we are knocked down
But within us is treasure
The extraordinary resurrection power of Jesus
We are not abandoned
We are not destroyed
Hallelujah! Glory to God!

Yes, death is constantly at work in us
Yes, we are chipped and cracked, frail and mortal
But it is nothing compared to the brutal death and suffering of Jesus
It is nothing compared to his victorious resurrection

His extraordinary and endless life is at work in us
We are his treasure
We wield his power
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Glory to God!

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The Treasure Within Us © 2017 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Call to Worship- We are not the first to come this way

walk path water sunThis call to worship was commissioned for the opening worship service of the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church. The call includes a person from each conference holding a container, each with a different type of soil from their home conference. At the end of the liturgy, they pour the soils into a single container as a symbol of God’s power to bring unity in diversity. 

VOICE ONE
As we gather on your good earth,
in the light of your love and hope
We honor your holy name and remember

ALL
We remember

ONE
We are not the first to come this way
We walk the path of native ancestors
Who respected your land, your creatures,
and their place in your world

ALL
We remember
Thank you for their lessons
Teach us to care for your creation, including each other

ONE
We are not the first to come this way
We walk the path of colonizers
Who disrespected your children, stole from your children,
bought and sold your children

ALL
We remember
Their legacy haunts us still
Free us from slavery to sin and death

ONE
We are not the first to come this way
We walk the path of immigrants and refugees
Who cross desert and mountain, river and sea
in search of safety and opportunity, freedom and home

ALL
We remember
We share their story, their hopes and dreams
Show us how to welcome and share

ONE
We are not the first to come this way
We walk the path of Coke and Asbury
Who loved your word, took up their cross,
and spread your Good News across this region

ALL
We remember
Their witness calls us to faith and action
Fill us with your holy fire

ONE
We remember we are made in your image
We remember we are dust and to dust we shall return

ALL
We remember
Common soil, common ground
Make us one in our humility
Make us one in our diversity
Make us one in you

Everyone sings Make us One by Carol Cymbala (CCLI #695737) as the sand is poured

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We are not the first to come this way by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia © 2016
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Reader’s Theater- 1 Corinthians 13

1-corinthians-13-4-7_desktop_mediumI adapted this scripture to be used as a call to worship this coming Sunday, Valentine’s Day. During the service, we’ll offer persons the chance to renew their wedding vows. Click here for that liturgy.

It would be easy to revoice this script as a congregational call to worship. Here are a couple of options. Feel free to design your own to suit your needs. – Lisa <><
Voice One = Left Side or Women
Voice Two = Right Side or Men
Voice Three = Middle or Children/Youth

Reader’s Theatre- 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a
adapted from the New Revised Standard Version
Parts for 3 Voices

VOICE ONE
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love,
I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

VOICE TWO
If I have prophetic powers,
and understand all mysteries and all knowledge,

VOICE THREE
If I have all faith, so as to remove mountains,

VOICE TWO AND THREE
but do not have love, I am nothing.

VOICE ONE
If I give away all my possessions,

VOICE TWO
If I hand over my body so that I may boast

VOICE ONE, TWO, AND THREE
but do not have love, I gain nothing.

VOICE THREE
Love is patient.

VOICE ONE
Love is kind.

VOICE TWO
Love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.

VOICE THREE
It does not insist on its own way.

VOICE ONE
It is not irritable or resentful.

VOICE TWO
It does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.

VOICE ONE, TWO, AND THREE
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

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Adapted from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Reader’s Theater: 1 Corinthians 13 © 2016 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Call to Worship: Way, Truth, Life

way truth life 900xONE:
A day full of promise
full of hope
full of purpose
from One who is Way, Truth, and Life

ALL:
Thanks be to God!

ONE:
A day full of compassion
full of generosity
full of peacemaking
from One who is Way, Truth, and Life

ALL:
Thanks be to God!

ONE:
A day full of healing
full of grace
full of blessing
from One who is Way, Truth, and Life

ALL:
Thanks be to God!
Hallelujah! Thanks be to God!

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Call to Worship: Way, Truth, Life © 2015 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form.