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Liturgy, Reflection, & Benediction 2024.03.17

Liturgy Heavenly God, Lord Above,Our dynasties must look so small from where you sit.Peering down from the heavens,You find us in the midst of bloodshed, of turmoil,Tiny specs of humans from on high, forgetting just how vast you are. Forgive our heartache, our misgivings, our doubts.Help us re envision our lives in the midst of your grand scale. We come […]

Upside Down Glory

Where have you seen systems of oppression benefiting from the glorification of suffering? On this fifth Sunday of Lent, Christopher Mack glimpses an Upside Down Glory of God that does not require the renouncing of our Divine Image; sets us in solidarity on a path of downward mobility, and that reveals the violence of othering and casting out. [John 12:23-32] […]

The Joy of Being Remembered

When have you been surprised by joy? On the third Sunday of Advent, Christopher Mack ponders how Mary and Elizabeth found deep joy in challenging circumstances through gratitude, kindness, peacemaking, and solidarity. [Luke 1:46-56] Reflection How might I cultivate joy by practicing gratitude this week? Is there a person or situation where I might choose kindness and generosity? Where can […]

Liturgy, Reflection & Benediction 2023.12.17

Liturgy Heavenly Lord GodMaker of Heaven and Earth,The hills and rivers sing out your name.As we light the candle for Joy,We pray to find peace and a moment of warmth.Call us into your light,We are ready to be still and listen.Jesus Christ, our Holy Savior,Your love shines out to usLike the star that led the Magi to a miracleTeach us […]

Downward Path of Greatness

How are we invited to resist the desire for power and living out of our ego? This Palm Sunday, Weylin Lee questions what draws us to certain models of greatness rather than eschewing upward mobility as we follow Jesus on a humble path of solidarity with the vulnerable. [Matthew 21:1-11] Reflection How are we invited to resist the desire for […]

Liturgy, Reflection, Benediction 2023.4.02

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 […]

Liturgy, Reflection, Benediction 2023.3.19

Liturgy God of heaven, we live in a world where we often feel invisible.We swirl around in activity, neither seen nor seeing.Our heads are filled with what must be done, dealt with, delivered.Sometimes we find we are out of touch with others —And even less in touch with ourselves. We turn our eyes to you, the one who knows us […]

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