May 28, 2017

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 05.28.2017

Liturgy

In the winds of trouble,
we forget our roots.
We see the inept rule,
we see the violent prevail,
we watch the poor go hungry.

In the quiet hours,
we forget our roots.
We are full of noise,
we clamor for our rights,
we lament our place.

In the good soil, we forget our roots.
We hunger for more than we need,
we despise our neighbors,
we withhold grace.

As we gather now to worship,
prepare us, loving God,
to abide in your sustenance.

In the name of the Father,
of the Risen Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Community Confession

Forgive us, Lord, for our overreaching.
For grabbing when we should give,
and clutching what we should release.

Forgive us, Lord, for our impatience.
For hurrying when we should relent,
and rushing what we should await.

Forgive us, Lord, for our pride.
For insisting when we should listen,
and arguing what we should ask.

Give us grace in our foolish youth, faithful Lord,
and guide us to the wisdom of the ages.

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

Sermon and Reflection

Sermon Podcast 05.28.17 – Gospel According to Trees

In what ways can we choose to live closer to the humus until the canopy opens up?
How can we cultivate a deeper understanding of God and ourselves through Nature?

Benediction

May the God of Creation,
the God of seas and skies,
be with you always.

May the God of the forest,
the God of grass and glade,
fill you with the sap of life,
transform you into the image
of his Son, and grow you into
a community of faithfulness.

Let us go from here,
serving in the name
of the Father,
of the Risen Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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

[Photo by Robert Ogilvie @ Flickr]

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