July 21, 2019

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2019.7.21


Pay attention to your breathing for a moment.

How it rises and falls, rises and falls, the breath is
like love, persevering, enduring, giving, and trusting
in it there is no pretending, pretense, or posturing.

As we effortlessly receive the nourishment of the breath,
may we also join together this morning in training ourselves
to effortlessly receive the nourishment of love.

We gather in the name of
God, our Infinite Source,
Christ, our Incarnate Word,
And the Spirit, our Holy Breath,

(Sean Williams)

Scripture Reading

We invite you to hear from the reading of Luke 10: 38-42.

38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village,
where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.
39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet
and listened to what he was saying.

40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him
and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all
the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.”

41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and
distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing. Mary has
chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

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 7.21.19 – Here It Comes

How can you invite God into your mess this week?

What does it look like to practice your preferred posture of presence?


As we leave here, let us savor the simplicity
of our being, for it is all God asks of us.
Let us pause in our work this coming week and
notice how it reflects God’s action and presence.

Let us check in with each other, so that we
can better understand what God is doing
In our community and in ourselves.

Let us be sharpened, not so sharp that we
cause friction or pain, but so that we are
useful for God’s work in this world.

And let us be surrounded by God’s perfect,
undying love and kindness, so that when trouble
hits, we know who we are and what we can endure.

Go forth then, praising the name of
God, the Author of our lives,
Jesus, the One who makes things right,
And the Holy Spirit, who breathes with us.

(Gina Bastone-Trevino)

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

[Photo by .mk @ Flickr]

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