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Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2020.11.15

Liturgy Welcome to this space and workwhich we hold togetherand are held in togetherin many placesand through a variety of technologies. This morning, the pain and joyin our stories and in our bodieshold a kind of truth. May we soften at the edgesof our resistance to that whichis true and good. The pain and joy in our relationshipsand our society […]

Community Prayers 2020.11.08

Prayers of Thanksgiving. For … good surgery results for a friend’s son. Sarah a moment of relief and a day of celebration. Alison the promise of democracy. Jenny Vox staff and Nav team. Sarah my department’s financial support of my RJ program, and for the indigenous people who kept these practices. Amy Christ’s victory over death, His healing love on […]

Liturgy, Reflection, and Benediction 2020.11.08

Liturgy As we gather from our week,we hold true to your promise thatwhen two or three – or two hundred –of us gather, you are there.Be among us and within us. Yet we admit that we do not always actas one body, and we let interpretationscome before community. Show us another way to live as the church.Teach us how to […]

Tragic Gap

Weylin Lee reflects on how we are invited to live in the gap between what is and what could be, especially in a divisive season and political landscape [Psalm 70]. Reflection What is our lament in this current moment and season? How are we moving away from or toward God’s active presence as we live in this gap? Resources Book: […]

Community Prayers 2020.11.01

Prayers of Thanksgiving. For … This community’s presence and love for me and my family these last few weeks. Virginia An old dream fulfilled when I least expected it. Syd Jesus seeing us in the midst of our yearning to be close to Him despite our sinful nature. Anslee … let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. Prayers of […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2020.11.01

Liturgy Oh sinners, held together by the barest threads,are you acquainted with our old friend death? So many scars,so many stories. All around us the leaves fall,the earth cools, and creationsheds off another layer of time. Here are my scars.Here are my stories. Oh saints of the earth, have we enoughtears to fill the gaps and holes?Behold this old body, […]

All Saints

On All Saints Day, Scott Erickson reflects on how we connect to God through our vulnerabilities and the shame we house in our bodies [Luke 7:36-39, 44-50]. Reflection In what ways do you feel on the outside of a religious gathering? In what ways are you “seen” by Jesus? Resources Book: Honest Advent