God of life and love, we are each here
in search of the kingdom of heaven within us.
Some of us have just found the field,
others are digging in it, and some have found
the treasure and are rushing to buy the whole field.
All of us, wherever we are, are facing
various distractions of lesser riches.
May the parts of us that sabotage the discovery
of the buried treasure within us consent to rest
so we may be open to what is in this moment.
Our hearts long to be reunited to that which is alive in us,
what has been forgotten in us, that which we hide, and
to that which connects us to each other and all that is.
When the security-seeking, controlling, and rule keeping
parts of us are ready, may they join us in the discovery
and living of our deepest longing.
In the name of
God, our sense of something greater than ourselves,
Christ, our distinct and deepest longing,
and Holy Spirit, our treasure seeking energy.
We invite you to hear from the reading of Luke 20: 36-38.
36 Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like
angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.
37 And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed,
in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord
as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
38 Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living;
for to him all of them are alive.”
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 the rules and structure of my life support my “why” or have they replaced it?
What’s alive in me today? How can I carry it with love this week?
Vox, as we go about our week, may we remember our invitation
To practice loosening our attachments to security and control
And carry in love that which is alive most deeply in us.
There is no rush, there is no timeline nor agenda to your practice.
Yet it’s always there, and awaits you even for a few second glimpses.
Take a look around you, for we are not alone in this journey.
Take comfort in walking each other home to our truest self.
Go forth in the name
of our Holy God,
Three in One,
Go in peace and live the church.
See you throughout the week.
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