April 29, 2018

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2018.04.29

Liturgy

God of love,
plant us in the soil of your grace.
Nurture us with the strength of Christ,
the vine of everlasting life.

Enlighten us with the wisdom of your Spirit,
which flows through us today and all days.

Abide in us,
that we may abide in you
and live in your love.

We pray in the name
of the Father,
of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
Amen.

Community Confession

Lord, we pray that we may have clarity of vision,
even when what we see is uncomfortable.

May our ears listen for cries of lament
and for voices that desire to be heard.

We pray that our hearts remain open to see
you in others you call from different places,

May we find refuge in the handiwork of how
you created us: to offer touch, hospitality, and
connection in places of shame and isolation.

We pray that our feet will stay eager
to bring the gospel of peace.

Help us, O God, to step forward in confidence,
and break down barriers to welcome all people
into your vision of shalom, of peace and healing.

We ask in the name
of the Father,
of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit,
Amen.

Sermon and Reflection

Sermon Podcast 4.29.18 – The Trees and the Branches

What specific courage can we take today in this union of the vine and branches expressed as the blood and body of communion?

What specific pruning in your life might bring about a healthier branch and tree?

Benediction

Go now, and love one another, because love is from God.
Proclaim God’s love to those we encounter throughout the week.
Remain in Jesus Christ, and like branches of a vine,
draw your life from him.

And may God the vine grower tend to you and make you fruitful;
May Christ Jesus abide in you and give you life;
And may the Holy Spirit cast out all fear and fill you with God’s love.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
in the name of
our God, the Creator,
of Christ, our Savior,
and of the Holy Spirit,
our Advocate and Guide.
Amen.

Go in peace and live the church.
See you throughout the week.

[Photo by Gordon Hart @ Flickr]

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