Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday Prayer for 11/18/14: Matthew 25 Call to Worship

Inspired by Matthew 25:31-46

One: Jesus, we hear you::
Left side of congregation: I was hungry...
Right side of congregation: And you gave me food.  I was thirsty...
Left: And you gave me something to drink.  I was a stranger…
Right: And you welcomed me. I was naked...
Left: And you gave me clothing. I was sick...
Right: And you took care of me. I was in prison...
Left: And you visited me.
One: Jesus, we hear you:
All: “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
One: We hear you.  
Right: This is what we want to hear.  
Left: This is what we long to hear.
One: And this is what makes it so hard to hear you when you say:
All: “Just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”
All: (Silence)
One: Forgive us.
Left: Forgive us.
Right: Forgive us.
All: Forgive us.
All: (Silence)
One: We know you love us.  We know you do.
All: Help us embrace it.
One: We want to know your presence here.  Help us remember that the best way to do so is make every meal a communion and every table Christ’s table...
Left: And that the meal is not whole until the Hungry Christ is fed.
One: Help us remember that every cup is a communion cup…
Right: And that our dry souls will find life when the Thirsty Christ drinks.
One: Help us remember that when we welcome in the Stranger Christ…
All: It is we who are less lonely.
One: Help us remember that we must clothe the Naked Christ…
Left: Before we can dress our altars with integrity.
One:  Help us remember that by caring for the Sick Christ…
Right: We are healed.
One: Help remember that by accompanying the Imprisoned Christ…
One: We are set free.
Left: We are set free.
Right: We are set free.
All: We are set free.  Amen.