CALL TO WORSHIP
Today we continue our celebration of the Resurrection.
Today, we worship Jesus of the Scars.
Today, we reach out to touch his side –
by reaching out to those who are struggling around us.
We come with our own small victories.
We come with our own wounds – some scarred over,
some still bruising.
We come, still burdened by weariness
over the suffering we feel and see;
We come, because although we don’t yet fully see
the new life won for us, still we hope. Still we believe.
Let us worship Jesus Christ, God with us,
through whom we rise to new, abundant life.
Jesus of the Outstretched Palms,
Though your work is already complete,
though you have liberated us from Death for good and all,
still we dwell in a liminal space:
Already we are transformed,
but not yet do we see all the fruits of that transformation.
Instead, we see scars.
Jesus of the wounded hands and side,
we see your wounds reflected in the world around us.
we feel them on our own hearts.
Jesus, your side, your hands, your feet
bear the marks of your love for us,
your solidarity with every person across the ages
who has been condemned and tortured by human powers.
Glory to you, Wounded Healer.
Glory to you, God of those with wounds.
You who heal all humanity, all Creation,
bear wounds that we can see and touch.
Send your Spirit to give us the courage to reach out,
to touch them on the bodies and hearts of those around us.
Emboldened by the Good News of your redemption,
we head out into your world.
We will be your hands.
Though wounded ourselves, we join you in healing your wounded.
We rejoice to know that you will be with us –
Leading us ever closer to Fullness of Life.
In worship we have been nourished
by our Wounded Healer’s very body –
and now They send us out to be Their hands.
Though we too are wounded, we rejoice
that God empowers us to do this work
and does not leave us to do it alone.
So let us go now, into a bruised world
in desperate need of healing hands and listening hearts
rejoicing that the one who Bore us, who Heals us, who Sustains us
goes out with us.