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God is!

Leader: My sisters and brothers, God is! (Clap, clap)
All: God is. (Clap, clap)
God’s presence is with us whether or not we are aware of it,
Whether or not we feel it, whether or not we believe it.
God was here before we arrived,
So we do not have to ask for God to be present.
We simply have to awaken to the one who was, who is, and who will always be.
(Silence)

Leader: My sisters and brothers, God accepts us and loves us! (clap, clap)
All: God accepts us and loves us. (Clap, clap)
God accepts us and loves us whether or not we are aware of it,
Whether or not we feel it, whether or not we believe it.
God accepted us and loved us before we accepted and loved God,
So we do not have to ask God to accept us and love us.
We simply have to awaken to the love that was, that is, and that will always be.
(Silence)

Leader: My sisters and brothers, God cares! (clap, clap)
All: God cares. (Clap, clap)
All our problems are known to God, all our pains are felt by God,
All our faults are forgiven by God, and all our concerns are shared with God.
We are not alone.
So now, we awaken ourselves to the presence of God,
So good, so kind, so holy, so just, so powerful, so real, so near, so here.
And now, we awaken ourselves to the acceptance of God.
We accept our acceptance, and we love because God first loves us.
And now, we awaken ourselves to the care of God.
(Silence)

Leader: Wake up, sleepers! (Clap, clap)
All: Let us awaken! (Clap, clap)
Leader: Arise from the dead! (clap, clap)
All: Let us arise! (clap clap)
The light of Christ shines upon us! (Applause and cheers of “Amen” and “Hallelujah!”)