Eighth after Epiphany, Year B

Musical Reflection
The Police and the Private by Metric

Invocation

God of the wrong crowd,
sharing bread
with the unwanted and imperfect:
take our pious disdain,
fill us with new wine,
that we might be transformed;
through Jesus Christ, the physician.
Amen.

First Reading
A Wedding
by Boris Pasternak
translated by Robert Hass and Stephen Mitchell

Into the enormous sky flew
a whirlwind of blue-gray patches—
a flock of doves spiraling up
suddenly from the dovecotes.

And to see them makes you wish,
just as the wedding-feast is ending,
years of happiness for this couple,
flung onto the wind like doves.

Life too is only an instant,
only a dissolving of ourselves
into everyone,
as if we gave ourselves as gifts.

Only a wedding, only the depths
of a window and the sound rushing in,
only a song, or a dream,
only a blue-gray dove.

Second Reading
The Wine of Love

by Bysshe Vanolis
The wine of Love is music,
   And the feast of Love is song:
And when Love sits down to the banquet,
   Love sits long:
Sits long and ariseth drunken,
   But not with the feast and the wine;
He reeleth with his own heart,
   That great rich Vine.
Gospel Reading
Mark 2:13-22

 

Jesus went out beside the lake again. The whole crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. As he continued along, he saw Levi, Alphaeus’s child, sitting at a kiosk for collecting taxes. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Levi got up and followed him.

Jesus sat down to eat at Levi’s house. Many tax collectors and sinners were eating with Jesus and his disciples. Indeed, many of them had become his followers. When some of the legal experts from among the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples, “Why is he eating with sinners and tax collectors?”

When Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do. I didn’t come to call righteous people, but sinners.”

John’s disciples and the Pharisees had a habit of fasting. Some people asked Jesus, “Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples fast, but yours don’t?”

Jesus said, “The wedding guests can’t fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they can’t fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

“No one sews a piece of new, unshrunken cloth on old clothes; otherwise, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and makes a worse tear. No one pours new wine into old leather wineskins; otherwise, the wine would burst the wineskins and the wine would be lost and the wineskins destroyed. But new wine is for new wineskins.”

 

Musical Reflection
Mine by Beyoncé and Drake
Prayer
by St. Richard of Chichester, adapted

Thanks be to thee, our Lord Jesus Christ,
For all the benefits thou hast won for us,
For all the pains and insults thou hast borne for us.
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Sibling,
May we know thee more clearly,
Love thee more dearly,
And follow thee more nearly:
For ever and ever.
Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Holy One, our only Home,
hallowed be your name.
May your day dawn,
your will be done,
here, as in heaven.
Feed us today, and forgive us
as we forgive each other.
Do not forsake us at the test,
but deliver us from evil.
For the glory, the power,
and the mercy are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

Musical Reflection
Champions of Red Wine by The New Pornographers

Blessing

May God’s hope be a clearing sky before us,
a compass in our hearts
guiding us to where we belong;

and the blessing of God,
the Mind, the Idea, and the Expression,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

Sources:

Artwork by Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo and Andrew Mroczek

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

Musical Reflection The Police and the Private by Metric

Poem A Wedding by Boris Pasternak

Poem The Wine of Love by Bysshe Vanolis 

Musical Reflection Mine by Beyoncé and Drake

Prayer by St Richard of Chichester

Lord’s Prayer from Mother Thunder Mission

Musical Reflection Champions of Red Wine by The New Pornographers

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