Giver of good gifts,
Our Sustainer –
Be with us in our youth and folly,
Rid us of our petty bitterness.
God of galaxies,
Seat of beauties,
Incline us to your light,
Re-plant us in richer soil.
Architect of Peace,
Sow harmony where we foster hate,
Raise to life what has been lost.
Teach us to trust.
Help us gain wisdom.
Build in us patience
for the work you are doing already.
We pray in the name
of the Father,
of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
We invite you to hear from the reading of 1 Corinthians 3: 3-7.
3 For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling
among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving
according to human inclinations?
4 For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another,
“I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?
5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul?
Servants through whom you came to believe,
as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted,
Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who
waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
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
What life-giving rhythms are we feeding ourselves to experience growth?
Who do we view through a lens of rivalry and how can we look for the movement of God that’s stirring in us and them?
Vox family, hear our hope
for your week and for your life:
May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord make his face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
Hear, and listen, and feel, and see,
and watch, and smell, and expect
the Glory of God all around you.
Go now in the name
of God, the 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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