July 19, 2009

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 07.19.09

Liturgy
Good God, Creator of the world,
draw us into prayer and celebration
as we gather to remember the gifts
of your earth and the stewardship
you have entrusted to us as tillers and tenders in your image.

We know that in the gathering of your people, power is present among us;
your Holy Spirit stirs and moves and gives us courage to remember that all good gifts come first from you.
We praise you for this creation in the words of the Psalmist, sung by our ancestors in faith for generations:

“God speaks: the heavens are made;

God breathes: the stars shine.

God bottles the waters of the sea
and stores them in the deep

All earth, be astounded,
stand in awe of God.”

Keep us faithful to this liturgy and send us out to be
fruitful and vibrant inhabitants of our neighborhoods.

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

Reflection
How can you disconnect from the busyness of life and allow God to shape you in times of solitude?

How do you react when it seems inconvenient to care for someone?

What are some practical ways you can begin to care for people around you?

What would it look like to bring complete healing to those you’re caring for?

Benediction
We go, committed to care for one another
as you have cradled us in your love.

We leave, confident in your mercy
and courageous in our role within the city,
inspiring human souls,

that at the dawn of your grace,
our youthful lives
will be spent to love and serve you,

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

Go and live the church, and see you throughout the week.

[Photo by amb00e @ Flickr]