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Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2021.01.17

Liturgy We come to you, O God, with a “beginner’s mind,”not assuming we know how to listen,not assuming we know how to speak,but knowing the transformative poweryou have given us when one humanspeaks Truth and another human listens. God, here we are. Teach us to listen.God, here we are. Teach us to speak. God of Love, we long to hear […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2021.01.10

Liturgy Light of ancient, light of old,search us, and know our hearts. Try us, and tell us whatanxieties we wrought.For on a day called “today,”our consciousness is concealed. Brother bemoans brother,Sister bemoans sister,Church bemoans church,State bemoans,state bemoans brother. With dimming eyes, we gropejust as the rooster crows.We scatter, we hide,we close shut our eyes. The cool wind blows. “Where are […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2021.01.03

Liturgy God of water and wine,bring us together this morningto pour and drink deeplyfrom the storehouse of your grace. Let us pause for a moment to breatheand welcome in this new year.[Pause for a few seconds] After a year of losses, bruises,and slights, a year of unmet hopes,we are here to rest and to reclinein the living room you have […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2020.12.27

Liturgy Beloved children of promise,sit and listen to the words of your God,listen to the advent of hope. The disaster will end.For unto us a child is born, unto us a child is given.The child’s name is Jesu Christo, and the structuresof the world will shake beneath his little, brown feet.And he will rebuild our old/new home. The exhausted will […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2020.12.20

Liturgy Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace, good willtoward humankind. In the angel’s gentle greeting,teach us to hear your love. In Mary’s glad obedience,teach us to follow your light. In your lowly birth and lodging,teach us to embrace your humility. In the worship of poor shepherds,teach us to give our attention. We light the fourth Advent candlethat […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2020.12.13

Liturgy There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.We have walked and lived in darkness, but wehave seen a great light… For a child has been born for us, a son givento us; authority rests upon his shoulders; andhe is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. The Wise Men and shepherds saw signsthat foretold Jesus’ […]

Liturgy, Reflection, and Benediction 2020.12.6

Liturgy We gather together on the secondSunday of Advent, and we lightthe candle of peace. We each bring a wound, a weight,or a worry into this Advent season.What might yours be? May we have the audacity and courageto name to God and those we trustwhatever within is longing foracknowledgment and comfort. God, we realize that often the mostpainful part of […]