We gather together
in the presence of a God
whose love is freedom,
whose touch is healing,
whose voice is calm.
We meet not in our own strength but in the
knowledge that God’s Spirit abides within us,
in our liturgy today and in our daily lives
when we depart from this place.
The blessing receive is shared, in the hope
that others might be drawn to God by our
love and service of one another.
We ask all this in the name
of our triune God,
and Breath of Life.
We invite you to hear from the reading of Galatians 6:1-4.
My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have
received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.
Take care that you yourselves are not tempted.
2 Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law
of Christ. 3 For if those who are nothing think they are something,
they deceive themselves.
4 All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their
neighbor’s work, will become a cause for pride.
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
Do you believe that God is for your freedom? If so, what does that freedom look like?
How might freedom grow for us as a community at Vox?
Go now, and live as one body in Christ.
Be at peace, and care for one another;
Suffer with one another, and rejoice with one another.
Give your attention to the voice of God, and proclaim
the good news of freedom to all.
And may God delight your heart and sharpen your vision;
May Christ Jesus keep you, thought and word, in his grace;
And may the Holy Spirit be the fountain that sustains and
binds you together as one.
This we pray, in the name
of the triune God,
Holy in One,
Go in peace and live the church.
See you throughout the week.
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