Readings/Opening and Closing Words:
(from the Hymnal “Singing the Living Tradition”)
In addition, check the Topical Index, p. 673.
567 To Be of Use, Marge Pierce
576 A Litany of Restoration, Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley
577 It Is Possible to Live in Peace, Mohandas K. Gandhi
586 The Idea of Democracy, Abraham Lincoln
598 Without Hate, Buddhist
429 Come into this Place of Peace, William Schulz
686 Go in Peace, Mark Belletini
683 Be Ours a Religion, Theodore Parker
561 Never Doubt that a Small Group, Margaret Mead
579 The Task of the Religious Community, Mark Morrison-Read
Wildly Inclusive God
O wildly inclusive God, who loves all of the beautiful rainbow of human sexual orientation, remind us that we have a very practical Trinity–one who gives life, one who redeems life, one who stays with us forever. Hear our groans, Holy Spirit, particularly to make a home in all churches that call themselves the body of Christ: for bisexuals, gay man, heterosexuals, lesbian women, and transgendered persons. At times we are overwhelmed and hurt by this angry exclusion. At these times let us realize how much more hurt you are. (Pause for silent prayer.) Come,Holy Spirit, come! Free your people Alleluia! Amen.
This prayer appears in “Equal Rites: Lesbian and Gay Worship, Ceremonies, and Celebrations. It comes from “A Service of Worship and Empowerment,” a collaborative liturgy that was celebrated in more than 50 communities across the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1993 in solidarity with the commissioning as evangelist of lesbian minister Rev. Jane Spahr by Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY. You can read more here
Native American Prayer:
Creator, open our hearts to peace and healing between all people.
Creator, open our hearts to provide for and protect all children of the earth.
Creator, open our hearts to respect for the earth, and all the gifts of the earth.
Creator, open our hearts to end exclusion, violence, and fear among all.
Thank you for the gifts of this day and every day.
(Alycia Longriver, Micmac Nation, 1995)