November 15, 2015

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 11.15.2015


We stand before the Holy One
Sometimes awe-struck, sometimes mystified

We hear a voice calling our names
Sometimes we are scared. Sometimes we are comforted.

Today we ask that our fears be quelled,
our minds be sharpened,
our ears ready to listen,
and our hearts opened to the One that beckons our name.

Holy One, intervene as needed. Enliven us and inspire us.
Continue to be the dwelling place
of our minds, our hearts and our souls.

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

Community Confession

Father, you invite us in your divine word to rest
and trust in your sovereign care.
But we cling to control, we trust our worries more than your word
and we fill our minds, homes and relationships with stress.
Father, forgive us, and help our unbelief.

Lord Jesus,
you invite us in the gospel to find rest for our souls in following you,
but we prefer being tied to our burdens, our ideologies,
refusing the easy load you promise.
Christ, forgive us, and help our unbelief.

Spirit of God, you have filled our hearts with divine grace.
You open our eyes to the glory of the gospel,
and offer us the peace of Christ.
Spirit of God, have mercy on us.

Help us in our unbelief and fill us with faith in God’s word
and the peace of Christ.

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

Sermon and Reflection

Sermon Podcast 11.15.15 -Loving With Your Mind

In what ways can we shape our craft but also not allow our work to define us?
How can the vision of our lives be beneficial to others around us?
Who are the experienced ones with wisdom that we celebrate in our lives and community?


You have given us a thinking mind, a reflective mind,
and a mind to pursue your Truth
You send us out like sheep among wolves,
and call us to be as shrewd as snakes
and as innocent as doves.

Go now
and continue to offer prayers and thanksgiving for everyone.
Be shrewd in dealing with the world around you
but do not be seduced into serving wealth.
Weep for those who suffer
and share faith and truth with all.

And may God welcome you with love;
May Christ Jesus give you knowledge of the truth;
And may the Holy Spirit lead you into all godliness and dignity.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
In the triune name
of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

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

[Photo by John watson @ Flickr]

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