Second after Epiphany, Year B

Musical Reflection
Sum of Our Parts by Mary Lambert

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Invocation

Summoning God,
inviting us to see
that we find so hard to notice –
the blinkers we wear,
the lies we accept:
as we are held in your gaze,
may our faith awaken
to see your kindom growing
and heaven open wide;
through Jesus Christ, child of Joseph.
Amen.
First Reading
One Girl
by Sappho
translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
I
Like the sweet apple which reddens upon the topmost bough,
Atop on the topmost twig, — which the pluckers forgot, somehow, —
Forget it not, nay; but got it not, for none could get it till now.
II
Like the wild hyacinth flower which on the hills is found,
Which the passing feet of the shepherds for ever tear and wound,
Until the purple blossom is trodden in the ground.
Second Reading
What Kind of Times are These
by Adrienne Rich
There’s a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
who disappeared into those shadows.
I’ve walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don’t be fooled
this isn’t a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,
our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,
its own ways of making people disappear.
I won’t tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woods
meeting the unmarked strip of light—
ghost-ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise:
I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear.
And I won’t tell you where it is, so why do I tell you
anything? Because you still listen, because in times like these
to have you listen at all, it’s necessary
to talk about trees.
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Gospel Reading
John 1:43-51

The next day Jesus wanted to go into Galilee, and he found Philip. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter.

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law and the Prophets: Jesus, Joseph’s son, from Nazareth.”

Nathanael responded, “Can anything from Nazareth be good?”

Philip said, “Come and see.”

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said about him, “Here is a genuine Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?”

Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”

Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are God’s Child. You are the ruler of Israel.”

Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these! I assure you that you will see heaven open and God’s angels going up to heaven and down to earth on the Human One.”

Musical Reflection
Soil, Soil by Tegan and Sara

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Prayer
Queer Prayer by Tragic Rabbit

O God, hear our cry
Out of the depths
And darkness
We lift up our voice
And call to Thee
Hear, O God
We are your people
Each is your child
Every one
You patterned our selves
In your image
Each is good
O Lord, hear our cry
Your queer children
Call to you
Hear, O God, the song
We sing your praise
We are yours
Church full of outcasts
We look to you
Trust in you
O God, hear our cry
Lift queer prayers
To thine ear
Out of the darkness
Despite the world
We are yours.
Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

Beloved,
our Father and Mother,
in whom is heaven,
hallowed be your name,
followed be your royal way,
done be your will and rule,
throughout the whole creation.
With the bread we need for today,
feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test,
strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure,
spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil,
free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
Now and forever.
Amen.

Musical Reflection
When Nothing Satisfies You by Jennifer Knapp

Blessing

May Christ, who draws the nations to himself,
teach us to love our enemies;
may Christ, who enters the water of baptism,
lead us to die to all but love;
may Christ, who gives new wine for the world,
turn our bitterness into joy;

and the blessing of God,
the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sustainer,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

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Sources:

Artwork by May DeViney

Invocation and Blessing from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Sum of Our Parts by Mary Lambert

Poem One Girl by Sappho

Poem What Kind of Times are These by Adrienne Rich

Musical Reflection Soil Soil by Tegan and Sara

Queer Prayer by Tragic Rabbit

Lord’s Prayer from Human Rites: Worship Resources for an Age of Change

Musical Reflection When Nothing Satisfies by Jennifer Knapp

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