January 26, 2020

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2020.01.26

Liturgy

Meet us, O Christ, in the stillness of this morning.
Move us, O Spirit, to quiet our hearts.
Mend us, O Father, from yesterday’s harms.

From the discords of yesterday,
resurrect our peace.
From the discouragements of yesterday,
resurrect our hope.
From the weariness of yesterday,
resurrect our strength.

From the doubts of yesterday,
resurrect our faith.
From the wounds of yesterday,
resurrect our love.

Let us enter this new day
aware of our need
and awakened to grace.

In the name
of the Father,
of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
Amen.

(Jessica Goodman – Adapted from A Liturgy for the Ritual of Morning Coffee by Douglas Kaine McKelvy) 

Scripture Reading

We invite you to hear from the reading of Matthew 4:16-19.

16 the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for
those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”

17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent,
for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting
a net into the sea — for they were fishermen. 19 And he said
to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”

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 1.26.20 – Dawning

Where do I sense the light that seems too good to be true?

How can I begin or continue to listen to my deeper desires?

Benediction

May you feel the light
of the Sun behind all suns.

May you live in the grace of the dawn’s glory.
May you be strengthened in the rays of the afternoon sun
and healed by the light of the stars and moon.

May it be well with you, and may you
be a part of the world’s healing this day.

And may the blessing
of God the Father,
the Son,
and the Holy Spirit
be with you this day.

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

(Jessica Goodman – Adapted from the The Wednesday Morning Prayers from Celtic Benediction by J Philip Newell,

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

[Photo by Robert Ogilvie @ Flickr]

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