June 16, 2019

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2019.6.16

Liturgy

Lord God, we come to this place,
our church, to receive your healing word,
Surround ourselves in your tangible love,
and relax in your never-ending grace.

We come here knowing that you accept us
wholly and without question, just as we are.

Whether with open or broken hearts,
we rush towards your mercy.
We are drawn to your light when
our world is full of darkness.

Help us release our anxieties,
fears and the sometimes
burdensome weight of life
as we gather here together.

Remind us that we are whole, even when
we only have pieces of ourselves to offer you.

Let us be seen by you and each other
as unique individuals and as one,
your holy congregation.

We ask this in your name, our God of love,
ask this of the risen Son,
and receive this from the Holy Spirit,
Amen.

(Gabriella Charissa Ruiz)

Scripture Reading

We invite you to hear from the reading of Psalm 8:1-4.

1 God, brilliant Lord,
yours is a household name.

2 Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you;
toddlers shout the songs
That drown out enemy talk,
and silence their babble.

3-4 I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
Why take a second look our way?

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!
The Good News of Christ. Praise be to you, O Christ!

The grass withers and the flower fades,
but the Word of the Lord endures forever. Amen.

Sermon and Reflection

Sermon Podcast 6.16.19 – Art of Trinity

How can your experience of being loved drown out the unlovable voices in your life


What thunderstorms are you experiencing that might bring healing and new life?

Benediction

Let us leave this place knowing
that we are wonderfully loved,
and knowing that we are beautifully
created in God’s image, by His hands.

Let us stop and marvel at His perfect work,
the world and those who reside in it, including us.

The beauty of the sea,
the sky,
the plains,
and the stars, should only remind us of you, dear God,
your nearness,
and of the love also dwelling in us.

Let us care for the world as we care for ourselves.

We live this in the name
of the Father,
of the Risen Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

(Gabriella Charissa Ruiz)

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

[Photo by Daniela @ Flickr]

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