Community by Mirah and Spectratone International
by Fiona Sampson
from this table
blown into grass,
Is it you—or I—
and cannot see?
by Catherine Imbriglio
Jesus explained to them, “I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry; no one who believes in me will be thirsty. But as I told you, you see me and still don’t believe. Everyone Abba God gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I won’t turn away. For I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the One who sent me. It is the will of the One who sent me that I lose none of those given to me, but rather raise them up on the last day. Indeed, this is the will of my Abba: that everyone who sees and believes in the Only Begotten will have eternal life. These are the ones I will raise up on the last day.”
The Temple authorities started to grumble in protest because Jesus claimed, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They kept saying, “Isn’t this Jesus, son of Mary and Joseph? Don’t we know his mother and father? How can he claim to have come down from heaven?”
“Stop your grumbling,” Jesus told them. “No one can come to me unless drawn by Abba God, who sent me – and those I will raise up on the last day. It is written by the prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God’. Everyone who has heard God’s word and has learned from it comes to me. Not that anyone has seen Abba God – only the one who is from God has seen Abba God. The truth of the matter is, those who believe have eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate manna in the desert, but they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, and if you eat it you’ll never die. I myself am the living bread come down from heaven. If any eat this bread, they will live forever; the bread I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
The Mother We Share by Chvrches
Created in the image of God.
Reconciled in Jesus Christ.
The Lord’s Prayer
O Source of the Wave, which envelops and embraces the cosmos,
sustaining and renewing it at each moment,
Penetrate the deepest recesses of our hearts,
and there create a space for thy holy shrine.
In this nuptial chamber,
conceive the creative potency of thy Reign,
So that we may give birth to the embodiment of thy desire:
As from the emanation, so too in form.
With passion and soul let us generate that which is needed to sustain life this day. Release us from the bondage of our karma,
as we free others from the captivity of their guilt.
And do not let superficiality cause us to vacillate,
but rather free us from all that impedes growth.
For from thee bursts forth all that
dignifies, gives life, and astonishes,
from cycle to cycle, restoring wholeness. Ameyn.
Together by William Shatner with Lemon Jelly
May the living God
remove the suffocating shroud
that lies upon our world;
may the risen Saviour
draw the sting of death,
bringing all to life in God;
may the flowing Spirit
set us and all creation free
and seal our hearts with faith;
and the blessing of God,
the Fire That Consumes, the Sword That Divides, and the Storm That Melts Mountains, be with us and remain with us always. Amen.