Liturgy for the Reclaim the Name Series, Part 1

This Sunday begins a 6-part series, “Reclaim the Name: Christian”. Over the past several years, “Christian” has become synonymous with intolerance. We will be recasting that title to reclaim Jesus’ original practices of radical hospitality and our liturgy will be celebrating this:

Call to Worship:

Leader: Insiders and outcasts,

friends and foes,

disciples and disputers

in the name of Jesus,

People: welcome to the house of peace.

Leader: Searchers and strangers,

skeptics and sinners,

dreamers and doubters

in the name of Jesus,

People: welcome to the home of grace.


Prayer for Illumination:

God of all peoples,

through the scriptures

raise our vision of hope for the world.

Teach us your ways of acceptance

and show us how to walk your path of peace

with Jesus Christ our brother and guide. Amen.

Prayer of Confession for Labor Day

In the 1990s I served on the Concern for Workers Task Force, which was a joint project for the General Board of Church & Society and the General Board of Global Ministries that was mandated by General Conference. Part of our work included the creation of the “United Methodist Workers Rights Manual” which included worship resources that I wrote. This prayer is one of them. –Darren

Leader: Let us prepare for the Gospel feast

by confessing the sins we have committed against God and neighbor:

People: Fierce and Tender God,

whose work is justice and whose delight is mercy:

forgive us for ignoring the cries of the workers

who labor under the tyranny of harassment and poverty.

Free us from the system of greed

that comforts our bodies and cresses our souls.

Free us for a life of joyful resistance

to evil, injustice and oppression

in whatever forms they present themselves;

through Jesus Christ our only Lord. Amen.

Leader: Hear the Good News:

Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ

we have been forgiven and freed from sin.

People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

George Odhiambo’s Prayer

As part of our Umoja Sunday, our interns brought back from Kenya the following call to worship that had been written by one of the students. Learn more about the Umoja Project.

Leader: Praise the Lord!

People: Amen!

Leader: We are happy today

because our beloved Father has been gracious to us,

for we have seen this day which others were not able to see.

This is a proof of God’s love toward us.

Who are you happy with?

People: We are happy with our Father God, Jesus Christ,

               and the Holy Spirit.

Leader: Me too.

What shall separate us from the love and grace of God?

People: Nothing shall separate us from the love and grace of God.

Leader: So let everything that has life praise the Lord.

Let’s sing this song.

Together: Let everything that has life praise the Lord.

                   Alleluia in the name of God. Forever in the name of God.

Leader: Alleluia.

Blessing of the Farmers Market

Our Farmers Market begins today (4pm)!

Here is the blessing as we begin the season:




May God be gracious to us and bless us    and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known upon earth,    your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God;    let all the peoples praise you. The earth has yielded its increase;    God, our God, has blessed us. May God continue to bless us;    let all the ends of the earth revere our Creator.



For the goodness of the land;

For the gift of life from all creation;

For the strength and joy in our labor;

For the community we build through our sharing,



Thank you, God!



God of all creation, bless and keep

the grower and the harvester,

the cook and the cleaner

who gather here today.

Bless the fruit with your sweetness,

bless the meat with your savor,

bless the vegetables with your ripeness,

that these gifts will turn hunger into feasts

and strangers into friends.






May the sweet peace of the Father be with us,

May the pungent joy of Mary’s Son be with us,

May the juicy presence of the Spirit be with us,

this day and all days. Amen.