Lent Four, Year B

Musical Reflection
Motherless Child by Tom Jones and Portishead

 

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Invocation

God, rich in mercy,
whose light reveals
the truth of things,
the judgement we bring on ourselves:
we thank you
you sent your Child
to save and not condemn;
in your self-giving love
may life abundant reign;
through Jesus Christ, who was lifted up for us.
Amen.
First Reading
The Three Little Kittens
by Mother Goose
The three little kittens, they lost their mittens,
And they began to cry,
“Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear,
That we have lost our mittens.”
“What!   Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.”
“Meow, meow, meow.”
“Then you shall have no pie.”
The three little kittens, they found their mittens,
And they began to cry,
“Oh, mother dear, see here, see here,
For we have found our mittens.”
“Put on your mittens, you silly kittens,
And you shall have some pie.”
“Purr, purr, purr,
Oh, let us have some pie.”
The three little kittens put on their mittens,
And soon ate up the pie,
“Oh, mother dear, we greatly fear,
That we have soiled our mittens.”
“What, soiled your mittens, you naughty kittens!”
Then they began to sigh,
“Meow, meow, meow,”
Then they began to sigh.
The three little kittens, they washed their mittens,
And hung them out to dry,
“Oh, mother dear, do you not hear,
That we have washed our mittens?”
“What, washed your mittens, then you’re good kittens,
But I smell a rat close by.”
“Meow, meow, meow,
We smell a rat close by.”
Second Reading
The Question of My Mother
by Robin Ekiss
The question of my mother is on the table.
The dark box of her mind is also there,
the garden of everywhere
we used to walk together.
Among the things the body doesn’t know,
it is the dark box I return to most:
fallopian city engrained in memory,
ghost-orchid egg in the arboretum,
hinged lid forever bending back and forth —
open to me, then closed
like the petals of the paperwhite narcissus.
What would it take to make a city in me?
Dark arterial streets, neglected ovary
hard as an acorn hidden in its dark box
on the table: Mother, I am
out of my mind, spilling everywhere.
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Gospel Reading
John 3:14-21

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so must the Human One be lifted up so that everyone who believes in the Human One will have eternal life. Yes, God so loved the world as to give the Only Begotten One, that whoever believes may not die, but have eternal life. God didn’t send the Only Begotten into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through the Only Begotten. Whoever believes in the Only Begotten isn’t judged; whoever doesn’t believe is already judged, for not believing in the name of the Only Begotten of God.

This is the basis for judgment: The light came into the world, and people loved darkness more than the light, for their actions are evil. All who do wicked things hate the light and don’t come to the light for fear that their actions will be exposed to the light. Whoever does the truth comes to the light so that it can be seen that their actions were done in God.

Musical Reflection
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
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Prayer
Chinook Prayer, adapted

May all we say and all we think
be in harmony with thee,
God within us,
God beyond us,
maker of the trees.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, heavenly Mother,
heavenly Parent,
Holy and blessed is your true name.
We pray for your reign of peace to come,
We pray that your good will be done,
Let heaven and earth become one.
Give us this day the bread we need,
Give it to those who have none.
Let forgiveness flow like a river between us,
From each one to each one.
Lead us to holy innocence
Beyond the evil of our days —
Come swiftly Mother, Father, Parent, come.
For yours is the power and the glory and the mercy:
Forever your name is All in One.
Amen.

Musical Reflection
Mother Nature’s Son by the Beatles


Blessing

May the crucified Christ
shatter our brittle fear,
draw all people to God’s glory,
and make us servants
living for the world;

and the blessing of God,
the One Who Was, the One Who Is and the One Who Is to Come, be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

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Sources:

Artwork by Ellie Davies

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

Musical Reflection Motherless Child by Tom Jones and Portishead

Poem The Three Little Kittens by Mother Goose

Poem The Question of My Mother by Robin Ekiss

Musical Reflection Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Chinook Prayer

Lord’s Prayer by Parker J Palmer

Musical Reflection Mother Nature’s Son by the Beatles

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