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Liturgy, Reflection, Benediction 2023.10.29

Liturgy O Lord, how lovely it is to be your guest:the winds are sweet;the oaks reach to the skies;the waters like boundless mirrorsand the floating cloudsreflect the sun’s golden rays. Alleluia! We praise you Lord,for the glory of this morning,for the mercies that come with every daybreak. All nature murmurs mysteriously,breathing the depth of tenderness.Birds and beasts of our scraggy forestsbear the imprint […]

Liturgy, Reflection, Benediction 2023.10.15

Liturgy God of Mystery,as the piano dances a melodyalongside a vocalist, so youaccompany us in our life song. The cello joins in, a welcome bass,a fluttering violin, at times, orchestral unity,in a moment, indignant cacophony,Through it all, you are with us. We come longing for harmonyunsure where the ballad will turn next.We practice, we perform,we feel the instability of nervous […]

Liturgy, Reflection, Benediction 2022.11.27

Liturgy We gather together on the first Sunday of Advent. After years of sorrow and pestilence,we wait in hope of a bountiful harvest.After a season of solitude and separation,we long for seats at the wedding banquet. Lord God, bless us with eyes to see,bless us with ears to hear,bless us with wisdom to recognize your coming. Surrounded by clamoring distractions,we […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2022.05.01

Liturgy God of heaven, you see what all of us need.You long to gather us like chicks under your wing.You offer comfort and protection, a place of rest.Thank you for giving us all that we need. God of earth, you see what the vulnerable need.You want to feed each of your lambs.You give sustenance to both body and spirit.Thank you […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2022.04.24

Liturgy God who meets us on our terms,God who understands each of our emotions,God who is endlessly patient and non-critical, We ask you, would youmeet us when we feel confused?Meet us when feel doubt.Meet us in our moments of uncertainty. God who is not surprised by our resistance,God who is tender towards our questions,God who is curious about where we […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2022.04.10

Liturgy God of Love,God of Justice,God of Subversion,God of the Oppressed, Hear us.Welcome us.Empower us. Open our eyes to injustice around us.Crowd our hearts with compassion.Energize our steps as those of a young colt.Sweeten our lips with triumphant praises. “Glory to God in the highest!”“Blessed are they who come in the name of the Lord!”“Peace in Heaven!” When another says, […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2022.04.03

Liturgy God, we stand together,collectively confessing – in moments of discomfort,we feel in our bodies – resistance.Jaws and lips tightening, eyes shifting in retreat,throats squeezing in breath, straining our voices. When the tension of discomfort creepswithin us, may our quick impulse to fight,flee, or freeze and go unnoticed be replacedby your holy invitation to trust and embracethe sacred space of […]