February 4, 2024

Liturgy, Reflection & Benediction 2024.02.04


You, who sit atop all of creation,
Watching us, covering us with your wings
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.

You, who delight in seeing our faces
And know us by our real names.
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.

You, who give us water
When we meet you at the well.
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.

We desire to know you and to hear you
We desire to feel you and breathe you
In the name of
God who creates
Jesus who guides
And the Spirit who gives us strength

(Vox Prayer Team)

Scripture Reading

We invite you to hear from the book of Isaiah 40:21-31

21 Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from
the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22
It is God who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like
grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them
like a tent to live in, 23 who brings princes to naught and makes the rulers of
the earth as nothing.
24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root
in the earth, when God blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest
carries them off like stubble. 25 To whom, then, will you compare me, or who is
my equal? says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? God who brings out
their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because God is great in
strength, mighty in power, not one is missing.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the
Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have
you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the
earth. God does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
29 God gives power to the faint and strengthens the powerless. 30 Even
youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted, 31 but those
who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with
wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
The grass withers and the flower fades,
but the Word of the Lord endures forever. Amen.

Homily & Reflection

Homily Podcast: He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands

How might we renew our strength, our faith, in the midst?

How can the uncertainty or mystery of our human condition embolden us in our collective purpose for equity and liberation?

How can we entrust the big, the unknown, the scary to God’s hands?


In dark waters,
what could turn our tides,
but the One
who drew the shorelines
and barred the seas?
May attention and thought,
be our companion
that gives way to
resolve and action.
And when we hit dry land,
let us go down to the flow and trees.
They’ll pluck the leaves
and make a holy paste.
They’ll bind up our wounds
and reconcile in haste.
Reconciling all creation,
what more can we say
but, Hallelujah.
Hallelujah to the Maker,
Hallelujah to the Revelation,
Hallelujah to the Way

(Vox Prayer Team)

[photo by Serathy Selvamani]

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