Third after Epiphany, Year B

Musical Reflection
The Lakes of Canada by The Innocence Mission

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Invocation

Lord of time fulfilled,
who was not born an angel
but walked the common earth:
with those you called by the lakeside:
may we share your mission
to bring good news to all,
to let the world know
that God is among us;
through Jesus Christ, the one who reigns.
Amen.
First Reading
Fishing on the Susquehanna in July
by Billy Collins
I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna
or on any river for that matter
to be perfectly honest.
Not in July or any month
have I had the pleasure—if it is a pleasure—
of fishing on the Susquehanna.
I am more likely to be found
in a quiet room like this one—
a painting of a woman on the wall,
a bowl of tangerines on the table—
trying to manufacture the sensation
of fishing on the Susquehanna.
There is little doubt
that others have been fishing
on the Susquehanna,
rowing upstream in a wooden boat,
sliding the oars under the water
then raising them to drip in the light.
But the nearest I have ever come to
fishing on the Susquehanna
was one afternoon in a museum in Philadelphia
when I balanced a little egg of time
in front of a painting
in which that river curled around a bend
under a blue cloud-ruffled sky,
dense trees along the banks,
and a fellow with a red bandanna
sitting in a small, green
flat-bottom boat
holding the thin whip of a pole.
That is something I am unlikely
ever to do, I remember
saying to myself and the person next to me.
Then I blinked and moved on
to other American scenes
of haystacks, water whitening over rocks,
even one of a brown hare
who seemed so wired with alertness
I imagined him springing right out of the frame.
Second Reading
January First on Waikiki Beach

by Taylor Leedahl
I give everything to waves: knees over shoulders,
arms twist between thighs, all anatomical order.
My face throws a rainbow
illusioned from oil-slicked skin.
Even sea salt,
and the circus of Kalakaua Avenue
can’t dehydrate this autonomy.
Later, my brother will dare me
to dive deeper, prove my depth
with a fistful of white sand, then show
me how ten pounds of coral
will pin me to the ocean floor,
allow a moon walk.
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Gospel Reading
Mark 1:14-20

After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news,  saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!”

As Jesus passed alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” Right away, they left their nets and followed him. After going a little farther, he saw James and John, Zebedee’s sons, in their boat repairing the fishing nets. At that very moment he called them. They followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers.

Musical Reflection
I Follow Rivers by Lykke Li

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Prayer
Prayer for Sister Water by Br Cathal Duddy ofm, adapted

Praised be you, our Lord,
through Sister Water
who is so useful,
humble,
precious,
and pure.

We praise and thank You, Lord,
for the gift of living water.
Guide us
to use it wisely,
learn from its humility,
consume it sparingly,
and protect its purity.
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
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi by Radiohead

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 Bise-en-Scene (note: gospelfeelings icon also from here)

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

Musical Reflection Lakes of Canada by The Innocence Mission

Poem Fishing on the Susquehanna in July by Billy Collins

Poem January First on Waikiki Beach by Taylor Leedahl

Musical Reflection I Follow Rivers by Lykke Li

Prayer for Sister Water by Br Cathal Duddy ofm

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

Musical Reflection Weird Fishes/Arpeggi by Radiohead

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