Worship resources

by Charles Kwuelum

Opening words

Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”

Matthew 2:14-15

Compassionate, loving God,

You created a beautiful world for us to share:
Give us the desire to live simply,
so that our lives show your generosity.

Gentle Father,
grant that your Spirit may give us the will and the courage
to welcome all as you made us responsible for the earth.

May we act to make a difference,
in order to make real your kingdom among us,
so that we may all live together
in peace, truth, justice and love,
sharing the resources of the earth.

Guide us so that those who come after us may enjoy your creation. Amen.

–Adapted from a prayer by John Henry Newman (1801-1890)


Singing together

HWB 51          Let the whole creation cry

STS 34            You are holy

Praying together

Begin by reading and meditating on words silently.

Jesus, you crossed every border between divinity and humanity to make a home with us.

Help us to welcome you in newcomers, migrants and refugees.

God of creation, you bless our land richly with good things and with people made in your own image and likeness.

You work in the hearts of all to bring about harmony and goodwill.

Strengthen us to welcome those from other lands, cultures, and other religions that we may live in human solidarity and hope.

–Adapted from “Immigration through the Lens of Faith” by Interfaith Worker Justice

Singing together

STS 26            Helpless and hungry

HWB 400        Santo, santo, santo


Scripture reading

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan.

Genesis 12:4-5


Responsive reading

Leader: Lord, help us to see your Spirit in those you send to journey with us.

Congregation: Let us see your Spirit.


Leader: In the refugee family, migrant worker, asylum-seeker, unaccompanied child,

Congregation: Let us see your Spirit.


Leader: Make us recognize your presence as we walk together with them, and may we not only welcome them but the gifts they bring as well.

Congregation: Let us see your Spirit.


Closing song

STJ 78             Sizohamba naye



HWB               Hymnal: A Worship Book

STJ                  Sing the Journey

STS                 Sing the Story