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Worship Order for the International Women’s Day, 8th March 2010

Worship OrderWe are created in God’s Image

 

The month of March is dedicated for the women as we commemorate the struggle of the courageous women who fought for equality, justice, peace and development. They have paved the way for us to continue our journey for women’s emancipation. This year once again we would invite the national movements to participate and celebrate the International Women’s Day (IWD) in the National Movements with various activities. The members of the Regional Women’s Committee of WSCF AP have come up with a liturgical material to observe the event.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

L: Sisters and brothers;

We are gathered here to celebrate the presence

of the Divine Wisdom among us;

Let us arise and lift up our hearts;

lift up our eyes and;

lift up our voices

The living and moving spirit of God

has called us together in witness, in struggle and in celebration

let’s open our hearts and minds as we reach out towards each other,

as God reaches out toward us.

 

ALL: God incarnate come to us now

Empower us to liberate, ourselves

To journey from bondage to freedom

From discrimination to equality

From darkness to light

From falsehood to truth

From death to life

God the energizing spirit

Come bind us together

In solidarity and love

In hope and faith

Prod us into action God

To be energizers in this world

So that your reign encompasses

The whole wide world

 

L: Come, let us worship the Redeemer God, for we are God’s people called to be God’s fellow workers for the redemption of the whole Creation.

* Hymn/SONG

CALL TO CONFESSION

L: Dear sisters and brothers

Consciously and unconsciously we have committed sins

If we say, “we have no sin”,

We are deceiving ourselves,

And the truth has no place in us

If we acknowledge our sins,

God is trustworthy and upright,

God will forgive our sins,

And will cleanse us from all evil.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

ALL: Our parent God;

In your image we have been created, male and female;

But we have not always seen ourselves and each other as created in your image;

You blessed us and bestowed us responsibility to be the co creator of your creation;

But we failed to work as partners and have treated one another as less than who you created us to be;

We have allowed discrimination, violence and injustice against women, your creation;

We remained silent and did not speak up for the suffering women who cannot speak for themselves;

We confess that we have sinned against you in thoughts, words and deeds, and have failed to build an inclusive community where everyone can experience life in abundance;

God we seek your forgiveness for what we have done to each other; help us to uphold the women who are invisible, silenced, and forgotten;

Transform us to restore and reconcile our relationships to ourselves to each other and with you so that they reflect your love, peace and justice.

Amen

ALL RESPOND

“Kyrie Eleison” (Lord, have mercy)

Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison.

Kyrie eleison.

* HYMN / SONG

BIBLE READING

Genesis 1:26, 27 & 31

REFLECTION/ MEDITATION

* HYMN/SONG

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

ALL: I believe in God

who created woman and man

in God’s own image

who created the world

and gave both sexes

the care of the earth.

 

I believe in Jesus

who discussed theology

with a woman at a well

and first confided in her

his messiahship

who motivated her to go and tell

her great news to the city.

 

I believe in Jesus who received anointing

from a woman at Simon’s house

who rebuked the men guests who scorned her

I believe in Jesus

who said this woman will be remembered

for what she did -

minister to Jesus.

 

I believe in Jesus who appeared

first to Mary Magdalene

who sent her with the bursting message

GO AND TELL...

 

I believe in the wholeness

of the Savior

in whom there is neither

Jew nor Greek

slave nor free

male nor female

for we are all one

in salvation.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit

the woman spirit of God

who like a hen

created us

and gave us birth

and covers us

with her wings.

 

(Excerpt from the book “Jesus and the Freed Woman”

By Rachel Conrad Wahlberg) 

INTERCESSION

(During the intercessory prayers please remember the women in your country experiencing violence and pray for a violence-free environment within our homes, churches and society)

ALL RESPOND

The kingdom of God is justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Come, Lord, and open in us the gates of your kingdom.

* SIGN OF PEACE

After listening to the whole truth from the suffering woman, Jesus said unto her, “Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in PEACE and be freed from your suffering.” (Mark 5:34)

Share this sign of peace and reconciliation with each other by tying the white ribbon to the person next to you as a symbolic action to say NO to violence against women and a sign to demonstrate our solidarity to end all forms of discrimination against women.

LORD’S PRAYER

Our Parent God who is within us,

We celebrate your many names.

Your wisdom come,

Your will be done Unfolding from the depths within us.

Each day you give us all that we need.

You remind us of our limits, And we let go.

 

You support us in our power,

And we act with courage,

For you are the dwelling place within us,

The empowerment around us,

And the celebration among us, Now and forever. Amen.

(Source: ELCA)

* CLOSING SONG

SCM Solidarity Song

 

The song we sing not for ourselves

For those who are oppressed and chained

Build up a new society;

Let’s share and feel with them

 

Come SCM’s unite be one,

Pull out injustice from this world,

Live with people, build together,

One day we’ll reach a new just world

 

The way we work not for ourselves,

For those who are oppressed and poor,

Suffer with them and let us know;

That our struggle will win

 

The life we owe not for ourselves

Women and men work hand in hand

The unity will triumph;

We share the vision and hope.

 

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