Ascension, Year B

Musical Reflection
Hope in the Air by Laura Marling

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Invocation

God unheld
by word or wall;
power of love
beyond all lords of war:
lift us from dullness
and cynical contempt;
make us ready for your Spirit
of transforming fire;
and turn our hearts
to the mending of the world;

through Jesus Christ, the name above all names.

Amen.
First Reading
Untitled
by Cid Corman
The stars are there not
to remind us but to let
us know what this is.

There is no end and
never was a beginning – so
here we are – amidst.

Nothing ends with you –
every leaf on the ground
remembering root.

Second Reading
Canticle
by Joseph Bruchac
Let others speak
of harps and heavenly choirs
I’ve made my decision
to remain here
with the Earth
if the grey old poet
felt he could turn and
live with the animals
why should I be too good
to stay and die with them

and the great road of the Milky Way,
that Sky Trail my Abenaki ancestors
strode to the last Happy Home
does not answer my dreams

I do not believe
we go up to the sky
unless it is
to fall again
with the rain

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Gospel Reading
Luke 24:44-53

Jesus said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law from Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. He said to them, “This is what is written: the Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and a change of heart and life for the forgiveness of sins must be preached in this name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. Look, I’m sending to you what God promised, but you are to stay in the city until you have been furnished with heavenly power.”

He led them out as far as Bethany, where he lifted his hands and blessed them. As he blessed them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. They worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem overwhelmed with joy. And they were continuously in the temple praising God.

Musical Reflection
Let the Wind Carry Me by Joni Mitchell

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Prayer for Times of Transition
by Joseph P Shadle, adapted

God of Love,
You are with us in every transition and change.
As we enter into new seasons with excitement and even some anxiety,
we recall your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love.
We thank you for the gifts, talents and skills with which you have blessed us.
We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment.
We thank you for the work of others that gives breadth and depth to our own work.
Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting others.
We ask this in your Holy Name.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father and Mother, our Parent
who is in us here on earth,
holy is your name in the hungry who share their bread and their song.
Your Kindom come,
which is a generous land which flows with milk and honey.
Let us do your will,
standing up when all are sitting down,
and raising our voice when all are silent.
You are giving us our daily bread in the song of the bird and the miracle of the corn.
Forgive us for keeping silent in the face of injustice,
and for burying our dreams, for not sharing bread and wine, love and land, among us, now.
Don’t let us fall into the temptation of shutting the door through fear;
of resigning ourselves to hunger and injustice;
of taking up the same arms as the enemy.
But deliver us from evil.
Give us the perseverance and the solidarity to look for love,
even if the path has not yet been trodden,
even if we fail;
so we shall have known your Kindom which is being built forever and ever.
Amen.

Musical Reflection
St Andrew (This Battle is in the Air) by The White Stripes


Blessing

May the cross be the sign
in which we begin again
to undo the cords of violence,
the misery of exclusion,
and proclaim the love
without conditions;

and the blessing of God,
the Rock, the Redeemer, and the Friend,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

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Sources:

Artwork by Cinta Vidal

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

Musical Reflection Hope is in the Air by Laura Marling

Poem Untitled by Cid Corman

Poem Canticle by Joseph Bruchac

Musical Reflection Let the Wind Carry Me by Joni Mitchell

Prayer by Joseph P Shadle

Lord’s Prayer Latin American Paraphrase

Musical Reflection St Andrew (This Battle is in the Air) by The White Stripes

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