We Are Worthy

Worship

from the Old English “weorthscipe”, worth-shape
to shape worth

We gather in worship to shape worth.
Our worth.

We are worthy.

We are worthy of love
and of each other’s trust.

We are worthy of a beautiful song,
a poem, a candle flame,
a gentle embrace.

We are worthy of joy,

and of a chance to serve our people
in a meaningful way.

We are worthy of a deeply felt communion
with a green and living earth

and all her many children.

We are worthy of a life lived in fullness.

We are worthy of heartbreaking tears
and the miracle of comfort.

We are worthy of fierce and loving anger
and the power of truth to heal.

We are worthy of ordinary meals
shared in a graceful way.

We are worthy of each other
and our covenant together.

We are worthy of time
given just to worship,

our worship,

shaping our worth.

We
are
worthy–

of each other,

and of the holy.

We are worthy.

— Sharon Hwang Colligan, 1998