Holy Mystery, we know it takes little faith
to see the sacred in the extraordinary.
Yet you constantly remind us that sacred faith is in the ordinary,
and it takes courage to believe the mundane can be enough.
As we gather, teach us that grace can emerge
even through the dull, the slightly disappointing,
the not quite right, not quite as we intended,
not really what we hoped; the clumsy,
the awkward, and the imperfect.
Help our act of faith be to accept
who you are as enough for us.
We gather now, as a small part of your larger church,
praising the name of God our Creator,
Of Christ, our Savior,
And of the Holy Spirit, our Breath of Life.
(written by Cheryl Lawrie)
Holy One, we long to be faithful
stewards of your abundant grace.
To serve each other in love and humility.
To serve your world with wisdom and energy.
Forgive us when we stumble over pride, when
our words and actions are not guided by love.
Turn our hearts when we act in folly.
Restore our energy when it is gone.
Sometimes, many times, O God, our efforts fail.
But your abundant grace is strong and eternal,
And forgiveness is ours through Jesus Christ.
Be with us in our small and sacred acts of faith.
We ask and pray in the name
of you, the Father,
of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Sermon and Reflection
How am I being invited to play with and in metaphor this week?
Where can I plant scrappy seeds and let go of the outcomes to God?
Gideon, Karen, Joshua, and Noah,
may the peace of our Lord Christ go with you: wherever he may take you.
May he guide you through the wilderness: protect you through the storm;
may he show his love for you through the wonders you will discover in this time;
may he give you rest and moments of joy within the reflections of his creation;
may he bring you home rejoicing: once again into our doors.
Holy Mystery, we also pray that you bless our church and all who come here.
May we carry out with joy the daily ministries to which we are called.
May this also be a time of intentional prayer and reflection for us.
By your Spirit, empower all to be strengthened by the gifts you give,
and renew us as your hands and feet to our world.
May we continue to learn to love ourselves and one another as you first loved us.
Go forth, and discover rest and joy
with God, our Creator,
with the Christ, our Savior,
and with the Holy Spirit, our breath of life.
Go in peace and live the church.
See you throughout the week.
[Photo by Irena Kiełb @ Flickr]