Art & words by Scott Erickson
This Call to Worship, designed to lead us into uniting our actions, intentions, and emotions in loving response to God, was originally given during Sunday morning service on 5/1/16 at Imago Dei Central City Campus.
Some of us are tired. And some of us are really jazzed to be here this morning.
Some of us are just walking in and never knew we did a "Call to Worship." Some of us just dropped off our kids and are catching our breath for the first time since 6:00 am. Some of us can't have kids and wish for that scenario. Some of us aren't even married and wish to have the chance at either one of those scenarios.
Some of us are in really good seasons; some of us are filled with gratefulness at everything. Some of us fell like we're being wrung out like a soap-filled washrag, being prepared to clean up some mess. Some of us can't pay rent. Some of us are oozing with joy at the house we just bought. Some of us are moving and are really going to miss this place.
Some of us have been at this church for years. Some of us secretly don't believe in any of this anymore but came because someone we love does. Some of us walked in for the first time and are thinking, "Wait, you can be here in faith and in doubt?"
Look at us...the some. But the some of it's part added up is the whole, and right now we are whole. The WHOLE of us; we are here. We are wholly here...this is holy.
Jesus said when two or more are gathered in my name, I am there too. So Jesus is here. In His mysteriously invisible, intimately inescapable way, He is here. I mean, that's why we're here, right?
There's a lot going on, and I have some concerns and some requests; some desperate Hail Marys before I get creamed by the ever-coming darkness of adulthood. Since He says He's in our midst, I hope you can hear these words that Jesus said: "Your Father in heaven knows what you need before you ask Him."
So what did you come to ask for? What's the list that you have? What kept you up last night? It's already known. YOU'RE already known. As we wholly continue in this holy time, what if we start here? Past the requests and past the concerns and past the anxiety of "will God hear my prayer?" Let's begin at what He knows, which is us. Which is here. Which is now. Receive the gift of His presence, and let's continue worshipping our God.