Hospitable God, you invite us to a banquet
where the last may be first, and the humble
and the mighty trade places.
Let us share your abundance with
no fear of scarcity; let us greet
strangers as angels you have sent.
Send your Spirit now so that
we may find a place at your
table and welcome others
with radical hospitality.
We pray in the name
of the Father,
of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.
Oh God, you have made us to be free,
But we crave the cheap comforts of our chains.
You have made us to serve others,
But we have eyes only for ourselves.
You have made us to love,
But we are inflamed with lust.
You provide that we may be generous,
But we greedily hoard as if your well will run dry.
You forgive time and again,
But we hold fast to the sins of others.
You offer light for our path,
But we insist on making our own way.
You are the God who saves.
Lord, save us from ourselves.
In your great mercy,
restore and heal us,
and grant us your peace.
We pray, knowing you are
our God in community, Holy in One,
Sermon and Reflection
How do we invite conversation and dialogue in how we live the church?
What does it mean to open ourselves up to see and recognize the image of God in others?
What are your biases and labels that impact how we categorize people and prevent us from hospitality?
May the word of Christ guide you.
May the light of his Spirit bless
the work you do with the love
and warmth of your heart.
May people see in you the beauty of
your soul reflecting the image of Christ.
May your work never weary you.
May the Holy Spirit within overflow with the
wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and
excitement that all may know how good
and gracious is our Father in heaven.
In the name of the Father,
of the Risen Son
and of the Holy Spirit, we pray.
Go in peace and live the church.
See you throughout the week.