A call to worship I wrote for a chapel service at Eden Theological Seminary hosted by Common Ground, Eden’s LGBTQIA group. Based on Ezekiel 37:1-14. Rev. Phiwah Langeni did a great job of describing the images, sounds, and smells of walking through a valley of dry bones, where there is not a shred of flesh left. We were reminded about how the feeling of being exiled, of losing a place of worship (destruction of the Temple), of feeling dead and hollow inside rings true to the present day, but is not meant to be the end of the story. There is hope, there is a future, there is life, and there are homes to which all can return.
Proceeds from the offering went to SAGE Metro St. Louis, and will be going to SAGE for the rest of the month. SAGE provides services and advocacy to LGBT older adults. I worked there last year, and they do wonderful work. The work I was a part of included creating a housing, home repair, and home modification provider network that is committed to treating all people with dignity and respect and formatting online resources for coming out in later life. You can donate to support their services and advocacy here: http://www.sagemetrostl.org/Support_Us
Leader: Some of us are exhausted. Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost.
All: We’re tired of feeling like strangers in our own homes. We’re tired of hurting in our churches. We’re tired of fighting for places to belong.
Leader: God invites us to prophesy, to imagine something different. We will say to our dry bones…
All: “Wake up! God is breathing spirit into you and making you come to life. God is connecting you because you are not alone. God is giving you muscle to fight the battles you need to fight. God is covering you with a thick skin that will shield you from lies.”
Leader: Today, God is inviting our dry bones to rattle, to come together, and come to life. We will live and stand on our feet, a great crowd that no one can ignore. God will return us home, to a place that is just for us.
All: God is still speaking. God is fighting with us. God is bringing us back to life.
Wake up! Wake up! It’s time to live!