Stories tagged:
benediction

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2019.5.12

Liturgy Our God, our Shepherd, Our Meadow, our Brook– May your love be a tempest, Blowing through our plans, Bursting upon our assuredness, Simplifying want into trust. Guide your beloved flock, O Lord, Through the darknesses we fear, Through the darknesses we choose, And remind us that even the darkest valley, At last, will open into dawn. Teach us to […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2019.5.5

Liturgy God our Father – Giver of good gifts and Lifter of the downtrodden – equip us to relax in your love. We come to this moment weary, we begin and end our weeks with achy joints, creaky souls, and loves strained to breaking. Both in the church and in the world, we have been told to earn our keep. […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2019.4.28

Liturgy Holy God, give us the strength to be honest— to you, to ourselves, and to others. Give us the courage to lay down our insecurities— to trust that we are loved, that we need not want. Forgive us from our instincts to lash out— to hurt those by whom we feel threatened. Imbue us with the peace of Christ; […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2019.4.21

Liturgy God of healing and provision, You are attuned to us. You hear our voice. You see our face. You feel our feelings. So into this knowing we come this morning whether by the faith of our own or of a friend, we know you receive us into your presence. Soften in us our places of resistance. Bring forth our […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2019.4.14

Liturgy O Christ, you entered the city as a poor man not not in style but in simplicity, yet still you caused uproar, and raised questions everywhere; you drew the expectations of a hungry crowd, and brought buried conflicts to the light. May we, who are sometimes swayed by the crowd’s approval, and who often avoid conflict for fear of […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2019.4.7

Liturgy We are here by God’s invitation, to be fully present, to be here and now, to bring all parts of our heart to the table. Invite your joy and your grief. Invite your peace and your fear. Invite your confidence and your insecurity. God has invited all of who we are here today. This is a safe space and […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2019.3.31

Liturgy Loving God, we come to this sacred time and space today carrying hard and heavy burdens. Burdens of grief and loneliness, of depression and anxiety. Burdens of exhaustion, stress, and overwork. But we have good news! Your ways are not the ways of this world, and what we assume are weaknesses are actually the places where we find strength, […]