God, in you we live and move and have our being
You are the ground on which we walk,
the light by which we see,
the dust to which we will return.
We invite the grounding elements of
creation into our worship this morning:
Earth, wind, water, light,
Soil, trees, clouds, sun.
Enter into these human-made rooms.
Enter into these aching hearts.
We pray in the name of God our Light,
The life-sustaining water of Christ,
And the Holy Spirit, the wind of change.
We invite you to hear from the Gospel of Jeremiah 31: 31-34.
31 The days are surely coming, says the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant with the
house of Israel and the house of Judah.
32 It will not be like the covenant that I made with their
ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them
out of the land of Egypt — a covenant that they broke,
though I was their husband, says the Lord.
33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the
house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will
put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts;
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each
other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from
the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will
forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
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
What grounds you?
What are you moving from? What are you moving toward?
May we arise today through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun, swiftness of wind, stability of the earth.
May we arise today, through God’s strength to pilot us;
God’s wisdom to guide us,
God’s eye to look before us,
God’s ear to hear us,
God’s word to speak for us,
God’s hand to guard us,
God’s way to lie before us.
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.
We pray through a belief in the Threeness,
through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.
Go in peace, and live the church.
May you find safety and rest this week.
(Prayer of St. Patrick)
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