I believe what we say and sing at the beginning of a worship service can create the stage on which we play out an inclusive sacred community.
Call to Worship
Welcome! One thing is for certain. We are all welcome. This is the Jesus way. He called people to him; he asked people to come to him; he welcomed them; he got cranky with his disciples when they tried to prevent anyone, anyone at all coming to him. He ate with outcasts, those despised; he befriended tax collectors, those regarded as thieves; he encouraged children, usually ignored in adult community, to sit on his knees; he had meals with the elite and the riffraff; he conversed publicly with women although that was taboo; unlike the religious leaders of his day, he sought the company of all kinds and types of people, to affirm them, to challenge them, to call them to an abundant way of life. So we are all welcome. This is the Jesus way.
We sing together.
Tune Regent Square TiS 142
1. We are thankful for a greeting
And a welcome we all prize;
We have come to join in worship,
Searching for what satisfies;
With a welcome as we gather
We can feel our spirits rise.
2. ‘Welcome’ is the way of Jesus;
‘Welcome’ is his promised word;
Welcome is for saints and sinners;
All are welcome; all have erred;
Jesus speaks his word of welcome –
We respond for we have heard.
3. We all join in affirmation
Of the love of God we know;
Like the vastness of an ocean
Love is here in constant flow;
I am welcome; you are welcome;
Jesus says, “Let it be so.”
Topics: Arts and Music
, Ethical Issues
, Interfaith Issues & Dialogue
, Jesus Studies
, Peace and Justice
, Sacred Community
, Social & Environmental Ministry
, Theology & Religious Education
, and Worship & Liturgy
. 8 Points: Point 1: Teachings of Jesus
, Point 2: Pluralism
, Point 3: Inclusive Community
, Point 4: Act As We Believe
, Point 5: Non-Dogmatic Searchers
, Point 6: Peace and Justice
, Point 7: Integrity of the Earth
, and Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love
. Resource Types: Hymns