February 19, 2017

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 02.19.2017

Liturgy

We come to God, seeking that which
can only be explained through mystery:
Love without end.

Here, we come to seek God’s will, and his
assurance. To find his presence dwelling
in our words, singing, laughter, tears,
and on the faces of our neighbors.

May God awaken our every sense,
to see his Kingdom come,
his will be done,
on Earth, as it is in Heaven.

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

Community Confession

Blessed Father, your voice forever sings to us
a freedom song. But we often misinterpret the
mystery of your invitation. We imagine that
your way is too rigid, and difficult to follow.
We forget that you have not left us to walk alone.

Jesus, our legs and our feet are tired from
walking. We stare towards a horizon that we
can’t even see, and our mouths are dry
from thirsting after the rivers we left behind.

We see injustice prosper,
and rebellion rewarded…
We know not how to respond.

We invite us now to pause in silence and reflection….
(After about a minute of silence, continue the prayer.)

Let us end our prayer with our response.
When we want to turn back,
when it doesn’t make sense,
when we forget your love,
when we forget you,
embrace us, and remind us.

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

Sermon and Reflection

Sermon Podcast 02.19.17 – Maturing Obedience Offering

How can we live from our heart instead of our ego?
What would a movement toward contentment look like?

Benediction

Brothers and Sisters, God has given us
freedom. There is plenty to go around.

Let us not be hoarders or exploiters of
these freedoms. Let us become givers
of the same freedom we have accepted.

And in our giving, may we
hear God’s loving refrain:

“My peace I give to you.
I do not give as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

Take heart, dear Church. There is always more
work to be done, and more freedom to be found.

So let us leave here,
serving and giving
in the name of the Father,
of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
Amen.

(all prayers written and arranged by Trevor McCurry)

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

[Photo by mil rocha @ Flickr]

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