Welcome, Vox family, to
this sacred space and time.
Let’s take a moment to pause,
take a deep breath,
and welcome the Spirit.
If you entered with shame today,
release it, for God does not define you by shame.
If you entered with pain today,
acknowledge it, for God cares about your pain.
If you entered with fear today,
welcome it, for God will see you through your fears.
We invite the Spirit into our
vulnerable places this morning.
God’s love is so vast and so full,
there is plenty of room for
our shame, fear, and pain.
May this love heal us and
unite us together as one family.
In the name of God, Our Creator,
Christ, Our Redeemer,
And the Holy Spirit, Our Breath of Life.
We invite you to hear from the reading of John 17:20-26.
20 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word,
21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the
world may believe that you have sent me.
22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one,
23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that
you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am,
to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me.
26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me
may be in them, and I in them.”
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
How am I being invited to resonate more with myself, other people, and/or God?
What does it look like to relax this week into a deeper story?
Vox family, let us leave here today with the
assurance that we are loved and understood
by God, and that we are all one in God’s family.
This week, when you are hit with the pain and trauma
of this world, when the news feels like nothing but
trouble and sadness, when you see discord and
conflict between people, remember this truth:
You are united with God and with this community.
You are not alone. You do not have to
face the trials of this life on your own.
God is ever-present and with you, always.
This community––these sisters, brothers,
and siblings––are with you, too.
May you leave here, understanding
this truth with full confidence.
In the name of
of God, our Creator,
of Christ, the Risen One,
and of the Holy Spirit, our Breath of Life.
Go in peace and live the church.
See you throughout the week.
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