LEADER: We've been in hiding for too long.Men: Perhaps we should open the doors of our lives to welcome whatever comes.
LEADER: But suppose that destruction, fear, and death arrive at our door?
Women: Jesus always said to us, "Do not be afraid, I am with you."
ALL: LORD, help us believe.
LEADER: Why is it so difficult to believe?
Men: We have been disappointed so many times.
LEADER: Do we dare trust that this time will be different?
Women: Everything is different when we trust in Jesus Christ.
ALL: LORD, help us believe!
LEADER: What will we do if we actually see the risen Lord?
Men: Our fears will be banished, and we will live in the truth of Christ.
LEADER: What is the truth of Christ?
Women: Christ has overcome the bonds of death. He is risen and goes before us.
ALL: LORD, we believe; help our unbelief. Amen.
~Call to Worship, St. Luke UMC
This Call to Worship presents uniquely in that the responses come from men and women individually and then collectively in unity. Why do we distance ourselves from one another, from the community? Disappointment and fear, disease and financial crisis, death and failure create disconnect and doubt within the soul. We cry out, LORD, help us to believe! Trusting in Christ renews the soul and refurbishes the heart. Christ brings joy into the suffering, faith into the doubt, love into the fear, and healing into the loss. We cry out, LORD, help us to believe!
Spiritual struggle knows no boundaries, does not recognize gender, race or age. We ALL struggle! Christ is the Truth that conquers the world with all its rage and wickedness. Christ calls us into relationship with Him and others. Confidence in Christ allows us to fail and start again, weep and find laughter, doubt and believe again. Let my soul reply, I believe; help my unbelief! ~dho