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May 22

Day of Pentecost – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (inspired by Ezekiel 37:1-14)

The Spirit of God has brought us here.

The Lord has set us down here, though our bones are tired.

Can these dry bones live?

Yes!  The Breath of God will revive us!  The Word of God will awaken us!

Today, we come together to experience new life.

Let us give thanks to the Wild, Life-Giving Spirit of God!

 

Prayer of Confession / Centering Prayer / Breath Prayer (inspired by Romans 8:22-27)

The Apostle Paul tells us that the Spirit of God prays for us “with sighs too deep for words”.  Through the Life-Giving Breath of God, we are given all that we need.  Let us breathe deeply – inhaling the good gifts that God provides, and exhaling all of the things that we need to release.

Let us breathe in strength.  (Pause for breath…)  And, let us exhale our exhaustion.  (Pause for breath…)

Let us breathe in freedom.  (Pause for breath…)  And, let us exhale all that holds us back.  (Pause for breath…)

Let us breathe in a new sense of direction.  (Pause for breath…)  And, let us exhale the paths we no longer want to use.  (Pause for breath…)

Let us breathe in hope.  (Pause for breath…)  And, let us exhale self-doubt.  (Pause for breath…)

Let us breathe in unconditional love.  (Pause for breath…)  And, let us exhale distrust and hate.  (Pause for breath…)

Holy Spirit, let us feel the mighty rush of your presence in this place.  Blow away our fears and worries, and help us to breathe in your gifts of new life.  Amen.

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