Vox, let us go now to the waters.
Let’s see the river,
they say it looks like diamonds.
Let’s watch as the streams fall
from the Lamb’s courts.
Who is there to meet us?
We, who are exhausted,
we, who are in angst,
we, who are thirsty,
Who is there to comfort us?
Your body and your breath,
Take freely from the waters,
take freely from the tree,
be at rest,
In the name of the Broken Body,
and the Wellspring of Life,
We invite you to hear from the Gospel of Mark 1:14-20.
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee,
proclaiming the good news of God, and saying,
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has
come near; repent, and believe in the good news.
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon
and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea — for
they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me
and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they
left their nets and followed him.
As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee
and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the
nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father
Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
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
Why does the good news of God have anything to do with repentance?
Why Galilee? Why fishers? And why brothers?
In dark waters,
what could turn our tides,
but the One
who drew the shorelines
and barred the seas?
May attention and thought,
be our companion
that gives way to
resolve and action.
And when we hit dry land,
let us go down to the flow and trees.
They’ll pluck the leaves
and make a holy paste.
They’ll bind up our wounds
and reconcile in haste.
Reconciling all creation,
what more can we say
Hallelujah to the Maker,
Hallelujah to the Revelation,
Hallelujah to the Way.
Go in peace, and live the church.
May you find safety and rest this week.
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