May 19, 2024

Liturgy, Reflection, & Benediction 2024.05.19


Loving God, we are here to meet with
you and we are here to meet each other.
You have made us for connection, not for
self-control, self-determination, or self-fulfillment.
Thank you, God, for time to be together.
We come in on our own or with our closest
ones, and we enter in to something larger.
Bind us to each other. Not just the one beside us,
but the ones across the aisle, in the front and the
back, and those not yet here.
We invite your Spirit to fill us as a
community, to empower us to do all
the work you have given us to do.
We see in each person here the gifts given by you,
the ways to serve and to be and do that come
together to make something full and rich and true.
In the name of the triune God —
the Creator, Essence, and Sustainer
of all community.

(Vox Prayer Team)


We invite you to hear from the book of Acts 2:1-4
1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one
place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a
violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3
Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested
on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began
to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
The grass withers and the flower fades,
but the Word of the Lord endures forever.

Homily and Reflection

Podcast: Pentecost

What do you see and hear of God within you?

What do you see and hear of God in the people around you?

What do you see and hear of God in community — the space between us?


  1. Article: Letting Go of What We Have Known by Barbara Holmes
  2. Book: The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why by Phyllis Tickle
  3. Book: This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories that Make Us by Cole Arthur Riley


we thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(we who have died are alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings:and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any—lifted from the no
of all nothing—human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of our ears awake and
now the eyes of our eyes are opened)
This we pray in the name
of the triune God,
Holy in One,

(Adapted from e e cummings, “i thank You god for most this amazing”)

[Photo by Jean-Phillip Delberghe]

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