we come in faith not belief (responsive words for gathering)

Leader

We gather together the strands of our hectic lives

And offer each other, this day, a breathing space

 

[response – all say]

We come in faith

 

We venture out of our isolation

Our safe solitariness

Our winter blues

To share this morning in each others’ lives

We come in faith

 

We bring our unfinished selves

Our fearful humanness

Our fragile hearts

Gifting each other our trust, in this healing place

We come in faith

 

We come for many reasons—some we don’t understand

We come from habit, from instinct, from choice, curiosity

We come to celebrate, give thanks

To share in community

We come in faith

 

We come in our 21st century lives

To retell stories of the past

To glean the meaning from the Jesus life

To be the Christ—the “god-bearers”—of our day

We come in faith

 

In action, not belief

In affirmation, not creed

In trust, not certainty

 

To know that we are loved

To live fully and fearlessly

To learn—together— to be all that we can be

 

We come in faith.

 

Amen—so may it be.

Davey Street, Vancouver 2011 © bronwyn angela white