August 16, 2009

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 08.16.09

Liturgy
We believe that God the Father,
Good Creator and giver of life,
calls us to love all creation
and care for it as respectful stewards,

to do justice, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with God.

We believe that Jesus Christ,
sent from God to save and lead us,
teaches us to love God with heart, soul, mind and strength
and to love our neighbors as ourselves,

so we see God in the poor, oppressed, condemned, and forgotten,
and we embrace all people with God’s true compassion.

We believe that the Holy Spirit,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
unites us in God’s eternal dance of love,

empowers us diversely to serve and love,
and fills us to overflow with grace, truth, beauty and life
as God’s people in this world.

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

Reflection
How can we live the church in a global context?

How can we support and pray for those who don’t have the same freedom to live out their faith?

What can we learn from church communities in other parts of the world?

How can we be involved in what God’s doing in other parts of the world?

Benediction
May we go forth into the world in peace;
being of good courage
and holding fast to what is good.

May we render to no one evil for evil,
instead strengthening the faint-hearted;
supporting the weak
and help the afflicted.

May we honor everyone
and love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

May we be his church and his people.
We go forth in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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