Honoring The Body Ways To Practice - Worship

Your body is a temple of the Holy spirit within you.

— I Corinthians 6:19

We desire God not only in spirit, but also in our bodies. "O God, you are my God, I seek you. My soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water."(Ps. 63:1) Communal worship provides opportunities to nourish our bodies with Lord's Supper, touch in peace and love (exchange peace), adorn for worship, kneel in prayer, draw breath in song, fast, and wash one another's feet.

God, who knit us together in a mother's womb,
help us honor what you have made.

Let us touch this masterpiece gently,
with reverence,
with delight,
blessing what you have blessed.

[worshippers touch body parts as they are blessed]

The face
For the housing of our thoughts
For the muscles of our emotion

The arms
For embracing what is sacred
For grasping, then releasing, your gifts.

The belly
For taking in nourishment
In some, for the nurture of new life.

The thighs
For carrying another's burden
For pushing off from the ground

The feet
For walking your paths of peace,
For standing on holy ground.

God, who formed these inward and outward parts
Fill us with wonder at such knowledge,
knowledge that we are wonderfully made. AMEN

Lani Wright
Cottage Grove, Oregon

I Cannot Dance, O Love
"I cannot dance, O Love, unless you lead me on.
I cannot leap in gladness unless you lift me up..."
Text: based on the writing of Mechtild of Magdeburg © 1992 Jean Wiebe Janzen

Guide My Feet
"Guide my feet, while I run this race, for I don't want to run this race in vain!"
Text: African-American spiritual

Jesus Loves the Little Children
"Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in His sight?"
Text: C. Herbert Woolston

Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether
"All our meals and all our living make as sacraments of you?
Text: Percy Dearmer

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