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During worship today we renewed our promises with God and with one another. We celebrated God’s faithfulness with the following Litany of Commitment:
Litany of Commitment
Bold = the congregation speaks in unison.
From Psalm 90: Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.
From the book of Lamentations: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.
From the gospel of John: In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
From the first breath of creation, to the promise of the rainbow, to the manna in the wilderness, to the promised land, to the exile and return…
From the cry of the prophets to the poetry of the Psalms, from the Jordan river to a manger in Bethlehem, from the sea of Galilee to an upper room, from a cross to an empty tomb…
God has been faithful to us, throughout the generations.
God’s faithfulness is new every morning.
So today we renew our promises with God and with one another. Please stand as you are able.
Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.
We are called
to know and love God, to nurture each other, to reach out and welcome all people in the name of Jesus Christ.
As individuals, we make these promises to the church as a whole:
I promise to participate regularly, because my presence here matters.
I promise to share in service to our community and our world, because the world needs a sign of God’s hope.
I promise to support the congregation through my gifts of time and money, because my gifts make a difference.
I promise to love my neighbors even when we don’t agree, because we all have a place at the table.
Together as a congregation, we make promises to each individual member:
We promise to be a church where all are welcome.
We promise to put our gifts to good use.
We promise to create a safe place to talk about hard things.
We promise to provide opportunities to worship, learn, and serve.
We promise to bear witness to God’s love for the world.
The Lord will be our God, and we will be God’s people.
We belong to God. We belong to each other.
Let us join our voices with gratitude and praise:
Blessed be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love:
The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.