call to worship

A Call to Worship: The First New Blue Pigment Discovered in the Last 200 Years

There are many around the world suffering from senseless violence. Here in Portland, Oregon we have lost people needlessly as well. I wrote this call to worship last week, after 3 men were stabbed for rising to the defense of 2 teenage girls on a train who were being verbally assaulted. Thanks to Cedar Mill Bible Church for giving me the opportunity to deliver this call today:

We are not innocent
we are not guilty
what we are
is Sad
(have you heard of the discovery of a new shade of blue?)
we are sad for the city, we are sad for the children
we are sad for two teenage girls on a train
just kids
and we all lost something when hate screamed and then
tore red holes in the world
we are sad that we needed the helpers and heroes
and the temptation is to huddle in the upper room
to say, “Now what Lord?
Now what?
Now what?
This is a new shade of blue.”
When Christ looked at His city, He cried too.
How did the disciples know it was time?
to leave the room and enter the streets?
no speech, no word, no voice was heard
and yet love breathed courage and called them,
Knock on a door
because this is not political
You Know
You Know what is critical here,
a sorrow shared
a universal tongue
a hand outstretched
a hand taken
lives given for one another
we ask God, “How will you heal?
What will you do?”
And He answers, “That, my child, is why I made you.”
—Michelle Winter, 2017

A Call to Worship

I had the joy of writing the Call to Worship for our Women's Ministries Kick Off event in October. It is written as a Spoken Word Poem meant to be a true call to worship--an oral summons to turn our faces and lift our eyes--rather than a reading.

Turn and Come
Turn away from what ails
Brings you low
Turn your hearts to God and Know
That He is Here
And He is Good
Be loved Beloved
Come in,
You’re invited
Yes, you hear the drum
That’s our God calling you
Leave it all behind
You are mine, Our God calls us
out of the night
Into the light
He gathers us
And says it is good
In the desert there was one bush that burned
But that was enough to make Moses turn
He turned aside and worshiped God
Now what if you
Who are Called out of the dark
What if you took up that spark
What if you let God’s breath warm
Transform you into a fire storm
Each of you burning bright
Each one conquering the night
Each one carrying the light
You keep the doors closed on your dark places
Those deep spaces
When was the last time you opened those doors and looked
really looked into the deep
You’d be surprised at what you see.
Because even in those places God’s put an ember
Arise woman remember
That you were not made for the dark, you were made for the light
You were not made to be alone
But to stand side by side
To sympathize
You were not made to be ignored, not made to be bored
Arise woman
You were made to inspire
To rise higher
You were made to be fire
Arise woman you are mine says the Lord
You were made to be light
Arise woman