In you, oh God, we have life and community.
In the city and in us, may your voice be heard.
Unconditional, is the love that you place in our hearts.
Everlasting, is the promise of hope you made.
We gather as the church.
We gather as the disconnected.
We gather as the restless.
We gather to offer an urban mass:
to acknowledge our restlessness,
to pray for rest, to remember your sacrifice
and to celebrate a reconnection.
God, you see all time and space spread out before you
while we see only in part.
You know the paths set out for us while
we see only our journey to this present moment.
Thank you that we are here together now.
Reconnect us to our environment,
to the community we serve and to each other,
so that while our paths disperse again, we may move as one.
We ask in the name of the Father,
of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.
We invite you to hear from the book of Jeremiah 29:4-7
4 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those
I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 “Build houses and
settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.
6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons
and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have
sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.
7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which
I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it,
because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
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.
Homily and Reflection
What have you appreciated and valued about the Vox community?
How has this pandemic created an awareness of needs that you had not noticed before?
May you depart here knowing
the invitation of God, to move
from comfort to insecurity,
from what we know to what we have
yet to discover, from where we have
been to where we have yet to go,
from safety to a place of risk.
Go in the name of Jesus, our Christ,
who said ‘follow me’ without saying
where he was going, only promising
transformation and relationship
with the Triune God along the way.
Live this week, thankful and serving all
in the name of God, our Creator,
of Jesus, our Savior,
and of the Holy Spirit, our breath of life.
Go in peace and live the church.
May you find community and belonging this week.
[Photo by Ed Leszczynskl]