Worship resources: Unity in diversity

Scripture readings

Ephesians 2:14-16

1 Corinthians 13:4-6

John 14:27

 

Songs

STJ 33             Come, Holy Spirit, descend

STJ 52             Jesus, help us live in peace

STJ 64             Somos el cuerpo de Cristo

 

Opening prayer

Loving God, Indivisible One and Creator of humankind, we gather to worship as one body that contains unique differences.

In your image and likeness, you made us all. Bless our gathering and anoint us for the purpose of showing love that is marked by your divine Spirit. Receive our desire to live in union with your purpose for us, our society and the universe.

 

Psalm reading (based on Psalms 91, 133, 122; refrain from Psalm 29)

An alternative to the spoken refrain is to sing together the refrain of “May the Lord, mighty God” (HWB 435) after each stanza.

 

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler

and from the deadly pestilence;

he will cover you with his pinions,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

May the Lord give strength to his people, may the Lord bless his people with peace!

 

You will not fear the terror of the night,

or the arrow that flies by day,

or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

May the Lord give strength to his people, may the Lord bless his people with peace!

 

How very good and pleasant it is

when kindred live together in unity.

May the Lord give strength to his people, may the Lord bless his people with peace!

 

Peace be within your walls,

and security within your towers.

I will seek your good.

May the Lord give strength to his people, may the Lord bless his people with peace!

 

Closing prayer

With thanksgiving, we ask you to knit us together in our differences. Refresh our human filial bonds with your oil of gladness and unity, that we may live continually in your purpose for our existence. Amen.

 

Sending song

HWB 421        Bless’d be the tie that binds

 

Abbreviations

STJ                  Sing the Journey

HWB               Hymnal: A Worship Book