Labor Sunday 2009

Labor Sunday 2009






Information about low-wage jobs, background on a variety of worker struggles, Labor Sunday reflections from previous years, and addtional worship resources can be found in the links on the left side of this page.

September 6, 2009, the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, is an ideal time to lift up the contributions and concerns of workers, especially those on the lower rungs of the economy. The following worship elements can be an aid to planning the worship service.

The order of service, below, and message "Seeing Truly," are based on the lectionary readings for this day (Cycle B, Proper 18): James 2: 1-10, 14-17; and Mark 7:24-37.  To order free buttons, contact JWM at or 216-736-3720.

Call to Worship
Opening Hymn
Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance
Second Hymn
Reflection    “Seeing Truly”
Prayers of the People and Pastoral Prayer
Final Hymn

Call to Worship
:  God of Life,
All: you are as near to us as our breath.
One: Touch our eyes,
All: that we may see you in one another.
One: Open our ears,
All: that we may hear your voice in the cries of the oppressed.
One: Enter our hearts,
All: that we may be filled with your love toward all people.
One: Come, O God of life and breath and wholeness.
All: Be with us now. Show us the way to new life and grant us the courage to be people of your Way.

Opening Hymn   We Cannot Own the Sunlit Sky   New Century Hymnal # 563

Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance (unison)
Creator God, you made us to be neighbors, members of one family blessed with great diversity. You created us to be helpers and friends to one another, entrusting to us your justice and your joy. Yet we have denied justice and joy to many, creating worlds of poverty, pain, lost opportunities, and absence of hope. In so many ways, we break each other’s hearts. Still, you do not reject us. We ask your forgiveness and pray to be transformed.

Brief period of silence

Loving God, you restore us to each other and to you, mending our hearts and repairing the world. Through the Spirit, you shape us to be for others what Christ is for us: pardon and peace, new life and blessing. We give you thanks for your love, forgiveness, and constant presence. Amen.

One: Having been forgiven, forgiving ourselves and one another, please share signs of God’s love and the peace of Christ with one another. 
  The peace of Christ be with you.
All: And also with you

Passing of the Peace

Hymn     Breathe on Me, Breath of God    New Century Hymnal # 292

Scripture Readings   James 2:1-10, 14-17; Mark 7:24-37 

Reflection    “Seeing Truly”

Prayers of the People and Pastoral Prayer
Prayers of the People: Everyone is invited to lift up joys and concerns

Pastoral Prayer: Loving god, we know you walk with us through hard times as well as good times. Some of us today are facing difficult times in our lives.… May these members of our family feel your loving presence surrounding them in a special way. We are also thankful for our sisters and brothers who bring your presence to us, day after day. By the power of your love may we be made one with each other. May our eyes see with the vision of your eyes, may our ears hear with the power of your ears, and may our tongues be freed to call for your justice for all. Grant us the courage and strength to follow you in paths of justice and peace. Amen.


Hymn   Renew Your Church    New Century Hymnal #311

May the God who created us and who lives to disturb and heal us,
May this powerful God fill us with love to see each of our sisters and brothers as they truly are, beloved children of God.
Go in peace to love and serve God, to love and serve each other.

To order buttons saying "Jesus was a low-wage worker" or "Jesus tambien trabajo por un salario minimo" contact JWM at or call 216-736-3720.

Contact Info

Edith Rasell, Ph.D.
Minister for Economic Justice
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115