Let us begin our liturgy with a prayer.
Our responses will be highlighted in yellow.
God of Mystery,
as the piano dances a melody
alongside a vocalist, so you
accompany us in our life song.
The cello joins in, a welcome bass,
a fluttering violin, at times, orchestral unity,
in a moment, indignant cacophony,
Through it all, you are with us.
We come longing for harmony
unsure where the ballad will turn next.
We practice, we perform,
we feel the instability of nervous fear.
Draw us into your holy aria.
You welcome us into the mystery of the divine.
We see you as the conductor.
Help us see you in the musician at our side.
We see you as the star soloist.
Help us see you in the drum on which we beat.
God of the dance,
Christ in all people,
Spirit of the choir,
we join your divine refrain
in your holy and precious name,
We invite you to hear from the Gospel of Luke 5: 4-11.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
“Put out into the deep water and let down your nets
for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we have
worked all night long but have caught nothing.
Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish
that their nets were beginning to break. 7 So they
signaled their partners in the other boat to come
and help them. And they came and filled both boats,
so that they began to sink.
8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees,
saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” 9 For
he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish
that they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John,
sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on
you will be catching people.” 11 When they had brought
their boats to shore, they left everything 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.
Homily and Reflection
How are you creating space for the mystery and presence of God?
What is Christ inviting you to consent to in this season?
How is your calling being shaped right now?
when we have nothing to show,
when our nets turn up empty,
when fatigue overwhelms us,
God carries us.
When our work rewards us,
when our boat sinks with riches,
when our partners rejoice alongside us,
God sings with us.
When we feel shame, amazement, and fear,
when we hear Christ calling us to a new identity,
when we excitedly or reluctantly follow,
God holds us.
May we go forth from here
with the confidence of Christ on our side,
empowered to accompany those on the margins,
and embrace discomfort and consent to mystery.
We live out our calling
in the community of the Divine Trinity,
God of love, connection, and grace.
Go in peace, Vox, and live the church.
May you find community and belonging this week.
Go in peace, and live the church.
May you find belonging and community this week.
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