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Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2021.09.26

Liturgy As the harvest moon lights our path intoautumn, we rejoice at the change of the season.The fall winds bring a welcome respitefrom the heat of the summer.With gratitude, we sing God’s praise. As we gather again in this space,we acknowledge the reticence in returning.We are filled with anticipation, unsure of whatlies ahead, mourning the distance that lingers in our […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2021.09.19

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 […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2021.09.12

Liturgy Ever-present God, we come to you overwhelmed,a grain of sand lost in a mighty dune. We feel aloneand unseen, powerless to resist the winds of opposition. As the warmth of the sun meets our faces, we breathein the truth that we are lovingly and wonderfully made.With you, I am whole; with you, I am fortified. The scars of this […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2021.09.05

Liturgy Holy Mystery, we know it takes little faithto see the sacred in the extraordinary. Yet you constantly remind us that sacred faith is in the ordinary,and it takes courage to believe the mundane can be enough. As we gather, teach us that grace can emergeeven through the dull, the slightly disappointing,the not quite right, not quite as we intended,not […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2021.08.29

Liturgy As we join together, we confessit can be, at times, hard to rememberwhat love does.Love waits, it is patient, it does not force itself. We confess, our fears and our egoscan cloud our direction and judgment.Where is love?Love doesn’t keep score and doesn’t look back. When we feel unworthy and unwelcome,we confess, we forget our identitiesand our voices. Love […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2021.08.22

Liturgy Beloved family of God: our lives are carriedlike leaves on the current of our weeks.We arrive in this place burdened by so muchthat saturates us to the verge of sinking. Surround us, God of compassion.Reach into the waves, Son of Man,Fill us, Spirit of the Living God,Give us the patience to await calm. Beloved family of God: let us […]

Liturgy, Reflection and Benediction 2021.08.15

Liturgy Oh Lord, hear now our request.Great is our heart for your people.Great are your people in their number and need. Greatly provide us paths of expansion.In all manner of the mind and inner witness,and of the spleen and intuition. May we see and know and not forget that wisdomis better than comfort, status, and retaliation. Turn now our hearts […]