2019 National Gathering Closing Worship


Opening Song: “Come and Let Us Sing” by Israel &amp New Breed

Welcome, Census, and Remembering

We come from every single corner of God’s creation,
We have brought our entire selves to this location,
Our bodies
Our hearts
Our souls
Our worries
Our doubts
Our dreams
Our inquiries
Our anger
Our worry
Our aggravation
Our joy
We have come in our particularities
And in our communal stories
To be present
To be counted
To be celebrated
And to celebrate the appreciate of the 1 who names and claim us:
And we name these who we want to try to remember, and bring into this sacred location:
We come to worship God.

Song: “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong

Speaking Our Truth

Song: “Hungry” by Kathryn Scott

Filling the Font

From all the corners of our coming and going we bring our water:
Life-providing water:
From taps
And snow caps
From seas
And ponds
And drinking water
Waters of life… we have migrated with this water
to this time and this location,
to pour into the typical and sacred font,
to try to remember
and to be re-membered
to renew our covenant
with the God of the migrant and the exiled
with the God of water and life
with the God of mercy and grace.

Song: “All Who Are Thirsty” by Brenton Brown and Glenn Roberston

Invitation to the Providing

Song: “Good Excellent Father/Buddy of God” by Trey McLaughlin

The Story

Spoken by Glenn McCray


Rev. Eliana Maxim

Blessing &amp Sending

We try to remember the stories of our hearts
We listen to the stories of our siblings
We treasure that which unites us.
Our struggles
Our dreams
Our uncertainties
Our faithfulness
Our faithlessness
Our hopes
Our brokenness.

But at the font
We reclaim our name: ha’adam and location: adamah– human from earth.
We recommit to 1 an additional in our baptism
Named, known as, held by the A single who developed us
Strengthened, sustained, convicted by the A single who loves us nonetheless

I am mainly because we are
My story is incomplete devoid of yours
And our story goes on nonetheless in

Washington DC

We came from across the map
We leave as young children of the Triune God.
Come, try to remember your baptism.
Take a strip of fabric, proclaim the name of a youngster of God
and go from this location to reside into our story,
and with each other we be the church.

Song:”Psalm 23 (I Am Not Alone)” by Folks &amp Songs


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