Monday, October 6, 2014

For October 26, 2015 -- Solomon Asks for Wisdom

CALL TO WORSHIP
As children of God, who strive to live in God's Way,
we gather together in this place.
As people seeking to follow the path of wisdom,
we gather together in this place.
As people trusting that God flows around and through us, giving us wisdom,
we gather together in this place.
As we gather, seeing God in friend and stranger, we start by exchanging words and signs of God's peace...

OPENING PRAYER
God of life, we open our hearts, our souls, our very selves, to you.
In this time of worship move within and around us we pray.
God of life, we seek to know, to understand the world around us.
In this time of worship open us to the wisdom that lies beyond knowledge and intellect.
God of life, in you we live, we move, we exist.
In this time of worship fill us with hope and love, refresh us to return to the world where we live and serve and have our ministries.
This we pray in the name of Jesus, who taught us about the Way of Wisdom, and who taught his friends to pray saying...

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10)
We stand in awe, asking, like Solomon, to be filled with wisdom.
...fools despise wisdom and instruction... (Proverbs 1:7)
We stand foolishly independent, unwilling to listen.
God we seek wisdom,
the knowledge of right from wrong, an understanding of how the world works.
God we seek wisdom,
but sometimes we equate facts and figures with wisdom, we think being smart and being wise are the same thing.
God we seek wisdom,
eyes to look deeper, ears to listen carefully, hearts open to the Spirit.
God of grace, God of glory, God of wisdom,
lead us on the path of wisdom, in grace help us grow wiser in your love and in your kingdom. Amen.

COMMISSIONING:
We have gathered, we have worshiped, we have opened ourselves to God's wisdom.
Now we go out into the world where there is a different wisdom.
Jesus called us to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves as we journey in the world (Matthew 10:16)
As we try to avoid being eaten as sheep living among wolves.
As you go to live and serve in the world, carry with you the wisdom of love, the wisdom of hope, the wisdom of God
We go to share the alternative wisdom, the love of God, the hope of the Kingdom.
And may God: Parent, Child and Spirit, Wisdom and Hope embodied, go with you.
All ways and always. Amen.

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