Blessed community, receive the goodness of today.
Receive it exactly for what it is just as our
Creator receives us for all we are.
This day, like you, is a shining testament
of His doing and unmistakable proof of His being.
Receive this truth in faith and come
into the innate goodness of life.
We pray in the name
of the Almighty,
of the Son, the light of all life,
and the Holy Spirit, our true essence.
(Originally written by Gabriella Charissa Cruz and last used Sept. 13, 2020)
We invite you to hear from the reading of Psalm 145: 3-5, 17-21.
3 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;
Your greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall extol your works to another
and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 They will recount the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works I will meditate.
17 The Lord, You are just in all your ways
and kind in all Your doings.
18 You are near to all who call on You,
to all who call on You in truth.
19 You fulfill the desire of all who fear you;
and also hear their cry and save them.
20 The Lord, You watch over all who love you,
but all the wicked you will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of You Lord,
and all flesh will bless You holy name forever and ever.
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
In what ways are we invited to participate in restorative justice?
How might we practice proximity with the most vulnerable?
What is our work in advocating for the liberation of those who are marginalized?
Let us leave with a benediction.
Friends, sisters, and brothers,
take a moment to look around
you and savor God’s goodness.
Let this space and your community
be a reminder throughout your days
of what God can do and is doing.
When old wounds reopen and old habits
re-emerge, may we remember:
Healing is slow, but it is beautiful.
God is at work, and we are not alone.
Our community surrounds us.
And whenever you return, may you
bring your process of healing with you,
and may you make this place shine.
We go forth, connected through present breath,
in the name of our loving God,
the Christ, Embodied Goodness,
and our guide, the Holy Spirit.
Go in peace, Vox, and live the church.
May you find community and belonging this week.
(Originally written by Gina Bastone-Trevino with some minor changes. Last used Jan. 2, 2022.)
[ Photo by Tuân Nguyễn Minh ]