This morning, Loving God,
we ask you to reveal yourself to us
in a myriad of ways
So that we can truly know you.
May we understand you and your wisdom,
so that we know you
with our intelligence and our minds.
May we experience you and your kindness,
so that we know and love you
with our emotions and our hearts.
May we feel you
and your mysteries and truth,
so we know you in the deepest part of ourselves,
even in our bodies.
We ask, with the entirety of our being,
that we know your presence today
and carry it outside this time and space.
In the name of God, our Creator,
Jesus Christ, our Savior,
And the Holy Spirit, our Breath of Life.
We invite you to hear from the reading of 1 Corinthians 12:4-12.
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are
varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of
activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.
7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to
another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,
9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing
by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another
prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various
kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots
to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. One Body
with Many Members. 12 For just as the body is one and has many members,
and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
The Good News of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
The grass withers and the flower fades,
but the Word of the Lord endures forever. Amen.
Sermon and Reflection
When you’re feeling most alive in your embodied self, what are you usually doing?
How might your unique gift to the community of Christ come from your own place of woundedness?
As we finish this time together, pause to recollect
what you’ve experienced within yourself this morning.
What has shifted within you and within us from this communal work?
Offer gratitude for this grace as we depart.
Practice living from your heart space in which your roots
are deep and interconnected with the Divine and each other,
and be nourishment to each other throughout the week.
May we do so this week and beyond
in the name of the Father,
of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Go in peace and live the church.
May you find safety and rest throughout the week.
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