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A Liturgy for Equality

Liturgy has a powerful role in enabling the body of Christ to cry out to God in a united voice. In this liturgy, purpose-written for TEAR Australia, we invite you and your church to engage with God’s vision for equality.

Note: To print this you can download the sample Target edition, available here.


Proclamation:

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

Gathering:

A Liturgy for Equality

We come, bearing identities
which shape our lives.
Some of us have access to great privilege;
    some of us never get a chance.
Some of us have every aspect of life
   affirmed by the state;
some of us must fight
   for every right and recognition.
Some of us are paid princely sums;
   some of us struggle to make ends meet.
Some of us are honoured simply for being alive;
   some of us are shunned no matter what we do.
In Christ, all of us are one.
Lord, form us into your body.
Make us your holy people,
known not for our differences,
nor for inequality,
but only for the ways
we love and serve one another,
the wider world, and You. Amen.

The Word:

Isaiah 56:1, 65:17-25
Matthew 25:31-46
1 John 3:16-18

Confession:

God of justice, through the prophet Micah,
you tell us how to live:
   to act justly,
   to love mercy,
   and to walk humbly with You.
We confess that we have sinned.
You create the earth and call it good,
   but we pump carbon into the air
   and toxins into the rivers,
   and drive countless species to extinction:
Lord, have mercy.
You form us
in the infinite variety and beauty of Your image,
   but we use differences to discriminate,
   and privilege some at the expense of many:
Lord, have mercy.
You establish an economy of work and rest,
   but we participate in an economy
   of ceaseless toil and endless consumption:
Lord, have mercy.
You entrust us with great power and freedom,
   but we use them only to benefit ourselves
   and do not seek your ways:
Lord, have mercy.
Loving God, take our hearts of stone
and replace them with hearts of flesh;
renew our spirits with your spirit,
and make your ways our ways. Amen.

Response:

God our Creator,
you make every person in your image;
you prepare a feast for all peoples.
   Open our eyes to your spark in each person,
   and guide us as we work towards your culture,
   shaping a future
   where all are invited to the feast.

Jesus our Redeemer,
you came not to be served, but to serve;
you took the violence of the world
on your own body,
and kept on loving through death and beyond.
   Teach us to serve one another
   humbly, freely, and joyfully,
   and to love all the world as a friend.

Holy Spirit our Sustainer,
you make our every breath a prayer.
   Grant us persistence and patience,
   creativity and courage,
   and the wisdom of the long view,
   as we turn our prayers into action,
   and our lives into songs of praise. Amen.

Alison Sampson is the pastor to Sanctuary Warrnambool, a new faith community with Baptist connections in regional Victoria.



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