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Crossing Borders

Below are: 1) a Call to Worship, and 2) an Opening Prayer that were written for a service with a sermon titled, “CROSSING BORDERS.”  Scripture for this service was Acts 16:9-11 (vision of a man from Macedonia) with sermon based on Acts 16:11-15 (Lydia of Thyatira).  For sermon audio, click HERE.

Paul and Lydia were border-crossers indeed!!

CENTERING WORD: (Acts 16:9-11)

One: The Holy Spirit was alive and blowing Paul across borders for the sake of the Gospel.

MANY: Sometimes we resist the Spirit. Often, we prefer what’s safe. Usually, border crossings cause anxiety.

One: One night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

MANY: Visions? Strangers in strange lands? Risking everything for the unknown? I don’t think so!

One: When Paul had seen the vision, he crossed with his companions over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called them to proclaim the good news to them.

MANY: Sweet Spirit, through Word and prayer, music and silence, awaken us to our need to be border crossers. AMEN.


OPENING PRAYER (in unison) – Boundaries. Borders. Everyone in their “right places.” God, we worship you today with thanksgiving for the ways that you routinely question boundaries, cross borders, and liberate people from their “right places.” Amen.

© Rev. Kevin Goldenbogen, 2017

Kevin Goldenbogen is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ serving an amazing congregation in the foothills of the Green Mountains of Vermont. He skis, climbs, runs, bakes bread, rides a red Vespa, and tries every day to follow Jesus. He is married to the perfect woman and has two boys who he loves beyond words.

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