A Liturgy on Aseity

This is a liturgy I wrote for our staff devotional, designed so that each reader line was read by a different person. I think such readings are best when more voices are heard.

Reader: God does not need our trust, as if his faithfulness, strength, or power depended on it.

All: Our God is God.

Reader: God does not need our thanks, as if his graciousness depended on it.

All: Our God is God.

Reader: God does not need our prayer, as if his goodness and provision depended on it.

All: Our God is God.

Reader: God does not need our confessions, as if his mercy depended on it.

All: Our God is God.

Reader: God does not need our worship, as if his majesty depended on it.

All: Our God is God.

Reader: God does not need our love, as if his presence with us and in us depended on it.

All: Our God is God.

Reader: God does not need our obedience, as if his sovereignty depended on it.

All: Our God is God.

Reader: God does not need us at all, for he is faithful, strong, powerful, gracious, good, providing, merciful, majestic, present, and sovereign in himself.

Reader: “When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God… Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:4-6, 13-14 ESV

Reader: “God’s aseity means that he is Being; everything else merely has being. God is Pure Actuality; all other things have both actuality and potentiality. Thus, God cannot not exist. All creatures can be nonexistent. That is, they have the potentiality for nonexistence. Only God is a Necessary Being. All other beings are contingent.” [Geisler, N. L. (1999). “Aseity.” In Baker encyclopedia of Christian apologetics. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.]

Reader: God does not need us, but he does desire us. He desires our trust, thanks, prayer, confession, worship, love, and obedience. He desires us without strings.

All: Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:1-2 ESV
 

About Laura

My name is Laura and I am on a journey, pondering the implications of God's glorious design of humanity and integrating every aspects of this design into a description of whole life health.
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