Blest by Living Waters: CPT Ritual of Arrival

Used for opening worship at CPT trainings since 1993

Music for Gathering:
As you gather, take a paper and pencil from the center table.

Call to Worship:
Reader 1: We come together from far and near, united by our commitment to practice peace on earth.
Reader 2: Most of us have never met.
Reader 3: Some of us have spent decades in the work of peacemaking.
Reader 4: Many of us have left behind families, friends and communities of support who will continue to pray for us and be involved in our work
Reader 5: Some of us have family members who have little understanding of our call to peaceful witness.
Reader 6: We may be accompanied by fears and anxieties about what lies ahead.
Reader 7: We also come with our own excitement and calling to this important task.
Reader 8: We are here as Christian Peacemakers to listen and to learn, to worship and to work, to pray and to practice peace together.
Reader 9: This evening we come together to be cleansed and washed by the living water, the Spirit of God, who graciously fills, fulfills and empowers.

"O Healing River"

In leaving the familiar, there is often much anxiety. Unfinished tasks, unresolved conflicts, uncertainties that nag and cloud the spirit. Let us each take a silent moment, and with pen and paper, gather and name those things that distract us and prevent us from being fully present.

"Dona Nobis Pacem"

During the singing each person is invited to come to the candle and burn your paper as a symbol of releasing these burdens to the cleansing fire.

Scripture Reading:
Paraphrase from Hebrews 11 & 12
Reader 1: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Reader 2: By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command.
Reader 3: By faith, Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, built an ark to save the human family.
Reader 4: By faith, Sarah and Abraham obeyed the call to go to an unknown place.
Reader 5: By faith, God's people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land.
Reader 6: By faith, the prostitute Rahab, because she understood spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient
Reader 7: By faith Ruth pledged to stay with Naomi and return to the land of her people.
Reader 8: And what more shall we say? There is not time to tell about Gideon, Miriam, Jonathan and Mary...
Reader 9: Those who through faith announced justice and gained what was promised...
Reader 10: Those who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of flames, and escaped the edge of the sword...
Reader 11: Those whose weakness was turned to strength.
Reader 12: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Reader 13: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the perfecter of our faith.

"Guide My Feet"

Each person is invited to pour the water from your own place into the bowl in the center. Open time for sharing ways in which the Spirit of Living Water has called us to this place.

Blessing of the Spirit of Living Water:
As the bowl is passed around the circle, dip your fingers in the water and touch the forehead of the person to your left with a short word of blessing.

Song (sung during water blessing):
"Peace is Flowing Like a River"

Closing Song:
"Spring Up O Well"

May the blessing of the God of Sarah and of Abraham
The blessing of Mary and her Son Jesus
The blessing of the Holy Spirit be with us all. AMEN