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Litany for Regathering

After almost 17 months of worshipping outside of our church sanctuary due to COVID-19, we regathered  inside once again on 7/4.  Towards the beginning of our service, we’ll pray together with the litany below.  It is easily adapted to use in your setting.

Re-Gathering Litany & Lord’s Prayer

One: Since last we gathered in this sanctuary as a congregation, so much has happened. 

Many: 2 Easters and one Christmas have come and gone.  Jobs have changed.  Neighbors have moved.  2 classes have graduated.  Babies have been born.  Some of our beloved friends have died.  

One: All these happened and more.

Many: But not for an hour, a minute, or a second, has this church been closed.

One: We’ve had to adapt, do things differently, and reset our priorities. 

Many: But not for an hour, a minute, or a second, has this church been closed.

One: We’ve found ways to gather and to worship. Many: We’ve created ways to visit and stay connected.

One: We’ve listened to God’s leading and tipped our sails to catch the Spirit’s changing breath.

Many: We’ve remained Christ’s hands and feet and voices in this community.

One: And look, here we are today, livestreaming worship from our sanctuary.

Many: And look, here some of us are today, physically, in this place.

One: Beloved God, we give you thanks for today.

Many: Faithful Spirit, we give you thank for guiding us through hard times.

One: Loving Christ, we are blessed to pray like this:

Many: Our (Mother) Father (Creator) who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever.  Amen.

© Rev. Kevin Goldenbogen, 2021

Kevin Goldenbogen is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ serving Charlotte Congregational Church in northwestern Vermont. He skis, runs, bakes bread, 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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