October 4, 2020

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2020.10.04

Liturgy

Have you heard the call of the spirit?
Have you heard the call to come?
You are welcome.

We’ve wanted to be trusty and true,
But feathers fell from our wings.
And we’ve wanted to be worthy of you,
But weather rained on our dreams.

So let us start from here.
Lay down your broken frame.
Dry yourself at God’s hearth.
However you came here,
you are welcome.

We come here however we are.
Maybe it’s not who we want to be,
But here we are. For now.
Welcomed and wanted.

Welcome, welcome.
You are loved and wanted.
In the name of God of life,
The Son of love,
and the welcome of the Spirit,
Amen.

(Sarah Berson, inspired by Damien Rice “Trusty and True”)

Scripture Reading

We invite you to hear from a reading in John 1:43-51.

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip
and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida,
the city of Andrew and Peter.

45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about
whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of
Joseph from Nazareth.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything
good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him,
“Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael
asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered,
“I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49 Nathanael
replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you
under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he
said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the
angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

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

Sermon Podcast 10.04.20 – How Do You Know Me?

What activities in your life seem to draw you to God? What activities in your life seem to pull you away from God?

When or where are you most likely to be aware of God’s presence?  When or where are you least aware of God’s presence?

Benediction

Welcome all that you are.
Welcome it because all that you are
is known and dearly love-able and loved.

Welcome all parts of yourself, because they have
much to show you about God and your neighbor.

Let yourself be wrong, because you are loved.
Let yourself feel fear, because you are seen.
Let yourself be glad, because you are joy.
Let yourself be, because you are.

With grace and mercy we go forth this week,
just as we are, love-able and loved.

In the name of our holy God,
Three in one,
Amen.

(Sarah Berson, inspired by Damien Rice “Trusty and True”)

[Photo by Danielle Nelson @ Flickr]

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