God of justice, peace, and righteousness,
be in our midst this morning.
Breathe your breath, your Spirit of life,
your energy, your enlivening,
your imagination on us.
Wake us up, open our eyes,
Open our mouths, and unplug our ears
that we might hear, that we might see,
that we might taste, that we might grieve,
that we might dream, that we might follow
the ways of your extraordinary kingdom.
May we find both rest and strength
in your eternal love for us.
We pray to you,
our God, the Creator,
Christ, the Savior,
and the Holy Spirit, our breath of life.
We invite you to hear from the Book of Genesis 15: 1-6.
1 After these things the word of the LORD came to
Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am
your shield; your reward shall be very great.”
3 And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and
so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” 4 But the
word of the LORD came to him, “This man shall not be your
heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.”
5 He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and
count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to
him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6 And he believed the
LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness.
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
Where in your life have you experienced awe?
Would you like to see awe open up some part of your life to more hope?
How might you look to awe to guide and energize your journey?
As we leave this beloved space today, may we
celebrate our belief and lean on others in our unbelief.
Receive the invitation to pause, to feel the wind on your skin,
and to wonder. For God is ever-present, holding us in every
moment, through every feeling.
Just as both growth and decay form winter’s
beauty, so too, are we molded in this season
of change. May we feel the fullness of the
Spirit this week as we live out our truth.
Enter this week, Vox family,
holding fast to the lifeline of prayer.
When you are suffering, call to the Almighty God.
When you are cheerful, praise their Holy Name.
When you are sick, seek healing in our Creator.
With thanks and hope,
we pray all this in the name
of God, the Parent,
Jesus, the Christ-Child,
and the Holy Spirit, Giver of Life,
Go in peace, and live the church.
May you find belonging and community this week.
[Photo by Wilhelm Gunkel]