August 11, 2013

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 08.11.13

Liturgy

We believe in God whose goodness
Is more than enough for all:

Filling the universe with gifts of love
And resounding through our lives in praise,
We will take hold of all that God gives
With reverence and joy.

We will make God known in the breaking of bread,
We will share the life-giving wine,
So that all may see and experience God’s love.

We believe in Christ Jesus,
God’s greatest gift of all:
Who takes the smallest of seeds,
A mere whisper of faith,
And brings forth a harvest of good things.

We will take all that Christ has given us;
Our gifts, our talents, our very selves,
So that Christ can walk our streets once more.

We believe in God’s Spirit of truth,
Bringing to fruition all that has been given:

Gentle as a breeze or shocking as a storm,
We will allow God’s gifts to be stirred to life in us;

Breathing, laughing, living in our community and world,
So all may know of God’s harvest of love.

We believe in God, the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Community Confession

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

Father, we pray to you.

For your love and goodness,
we give you thanks, O God.

You of heaven and earth, 
you who made all things and called them good.
Each day you shape the earth in wonder and mystery,
surrounding us with goodness and growth.

For your creativity and goodness,
we give you thanks, O God.

Yet, we admit to you our dry and anxious spirits,
and we confess our anxiety and worry.

In your grace, Jesus Christ, nourish and renew us.
In your love and goodness, Lord, have mercy on us.

Give us healthy lives, lives reflecting your vibrance, 
lives ready to bear the fruit of goodness and love toward all creation,
so that we may be living proof that you are alive and well, 
flourishing in our city. 

For your grace and goodness,
we give you thanks, O God.

Let us use your gifts to make new lives possible among us and beyond us.

May your Creating Spirit dwell with us, O God,
and we pray in the name of the Father, 
of the Son 
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Reflection

What do you think of when you think of Vox having a bigger vision?
How can you have a bigger vision of the Body of Christ?

Benediction

Go now into the world, strengthened by the gifts
with which Christ has fed you.

Be generous to others, for Christ has given extravagantly.
Live by God’s word, avoiding lies and violence.
Walk in God’s paths and never stray.

And may God’s wonderful love be with you everywhere;
May you feed and care for those around you as
Christ Jesus feeds and cares for you with his body and word;

And may the Holy Spirit confirm the truth in you
and fill you with God’s presence always.

We go in peace to love and serve
in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  
Amen.

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

[Photo by coolhandluke @ Flickr]

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