September 27, 2009

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 09.27.09

Liturgy
Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess,
We have lost our thirst
For the Waters of Life;

Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery:
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push us in the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

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

Reflection
Do you see scripture as a mirror or a window?

How do you respond to other’s wrongdoings?

What might transformative kindness look like?

How’s the condition of your heart?

Benediction
May the almighty and merciful Lord direct us on our journey;
May He make it prosper and maintain us in peace,
that we share his generous love and mercy to all along our path.

May the Holy Spirit intercede and accompany us on the way,
that we live our lives to serve as Christ served all
and breathe peace, joy and health into our homes and neighborhoods.

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

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

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