November 4, 2018

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2018.11.04

Liturgy

Consider the well from which you drink.
Your well of friends, family, work, play.
Consider the well that gives you Life.
Your well of peace, faith, hope.

Consider the well that gives you Love.
Your well of identity; as one lovable,
loving. Beloved.

Consider how underground water
rises up to fill that well.
Consider the Source of that water.

We gather to celebrate our living water,
our holy promise made and kept:
you are love-able and loved.

We gather this morning
in the name
of our giving God,
our faithful brother,
and our free Spirit,
Amen.

Community Confession

There are ebbs and flows of the tides,
ebbs and flows of feelings,
ebbs and flows of energy.

God, teach us to recognize with divine grace,
times of reserve and times of thirst.

When we don’t ask what we can give,
but instead take what is offered,

teach us to discern when we no longer need
fulfillment, but are invited to extend ourselves.

When we’re unsure of our place,
unable to rest in the presence of Love,

remind us that we are indelibly
written into the book of Love.

We pray in the name
of our loving God,
our giving Savior,
and our guiding Holy Spirit,
Amen.

Sermon and Reflection

Sermon Podcast 11.04.18 – Rootedness: Intimacy

How is God inviting the mess of who I am into love?

How am I being invited into the mystery of intimacy now?

Benediction

Go now from this place, remembering
our holy promise made and kept:
you are lovable and loved.

Remember the well that gives you Light, Love, and Life.
Remember the well whose water line will always rise again,
no matter how many times you return with your bucket.

Carry that bucket lightly, looking for opportunities to
spill out a little of that water. You know there is more.
You are rooted in the holy promise made and kept:
you are lovable and loved.

So go forth, resting in the name
of our Holy God,
our messiah Jesus,
and our breath of life Spirit,
Amen.

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

[Photo by Vera Biryukova @ Flickr]

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