Welcome, welcome, welcome.
We welcome all that comes to us today.
We are made of our experiences.
Those that teach us joy,
those that teach us pain,
and those that teach us comfort.
We are made of times that teach
us when we need to move,
and when we need to be still.
May we welcome the loving presence of our God.
We are made of the love of God.
Our God wants you here, in this place, to rest.
We welcome now this time to rest.
We welcome now this time to trust.
We welcome now this time to heal.
We ask in the name
of our Lord God,
of our teacher Jesus,
and of the calm Holy Spirit,
We invite you to hear from the book of 2 Corinthians 4: 13-16.
13 But just as we have the same spirit of faith (trust)
that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed,
and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak,
14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord
Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us
with you into his presence.
15 Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace,
as it extends to more and more people, may
increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
16 So we do not lose heart. Even though our
outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature
is being renewed day by day.
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
How is God renewing us as a Vox community?
What do we need to grieve to make space for what’s next?
And how might that grief moves us toward grace?
Vox community, every day, we endure this walk
of life with God and our community alongside.
Let us leave today and walk with confidence in the
perfect path God has paved for us all, fully aware
there will be tall hills and deep ravines ahead.
May our enduring faith in God be bigger than any
trial we encounter, for such is the way of good growth.
Hard as it may be,
we bless each step and endure
in the name of God, the Father,
Jesus, our reminder of God’s love,
And in the strength of the Holy Spirit.
Go in peace, and live the church.
May you find belonging and community this week.
[Photo by David Garry]