February 19, 2012

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 02.19.12

Liturgy

Holy God, mighty and immortal,
you are beyond our knowing,
yet we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ,
whose compassion illumines the world.

Help our lives reflect the same compassion toward others
and transform us into the likeness of the love of Christ,
who renewed our humanity so that we may share in his divinity.

We pray this in the name of the Father,
of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Congregational Prayer

In prayer, let us confess to God as a community.

Today, we reflect on Jesus Christ’s transfiguration,
and how his light affects us still.

He came bathed in light, dazzling, radiant…
Forgive us, God,
for accepting mediocrity in our work for your name
and calling it good enough.

He came appearing with Elijah and Moses…
Forgive us, God,
when we limit the ways we share your story to the world,
even in the face of your expansive vision.

He came while a voice was shouting, “this is my Beloved; listen!”
Forgive us, God,
for choosing to heed our own voices
and drowning out your Spirit with
only more distractions.

Hear our prayers and have mercy on us.
Help us to live this week with joy and peace
that comes only from you.

We ask and pray to our God in community, holy in One.
Amen.

Reflection

What things have the most weight in your life? Where do you place value in your life?
What does it look like for you to listen to the voice of God? And how do we follow up on what we hear?

Benediction

God, who journeyed with all the disciples,
may we also be:

transformed by encountering Christ;
committed to love and be loved;
passionate about your mercy to all;
tenacious in trials and adversity;
sowers of seeds that bring a harvest of joy.

God, who journeys with us
to wherever our paths may lead:

keep us safe in your care;
nourish us on our way;
take from us all that holds us back
from loving our neighbors;
bring us with all your saints to the
joy of your kingdom here on Earth.

We pray in the name of the Father,
of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Go in peace and live the church.
See you throughout the week.

[Photo by zachthebruce @ Flickr]

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