Pentecost +11, Year B

 

 Musical Reflection
Community by Mirah and Spectratone International

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Invocation

Unseen God,
drawing of all people
to the end of our desires:
teach us to know
true bread from false,
and to feed on him
who shares our flesh
to share your love,
through Jesus Christ, our communion.
Amen.
First Reading
Communion

by Fiona Sampson

If I’m you, or you me—
Interpenetrating God—
enlarge our intimacy.
You who are animus
and blood—
who make me dust

from this table
blown into grass,
invisible—

Is it you—or I—
I pass
and cannot see?

Second Reading
Communion
by Catherine Imbriglio
I called you names, for the further processing of color or movement, all you were able to get into, a sort of blur. She leaned out against the water. Lay me down like anthozoa to anthozoa, with the other light things that brush against the earth. Breathe. Don’t breathe. Breathe. A figure in a constellation was staring off. Did it turn up three days later, did it accept inside its body, a no for universal application, an only mine or yours? Gate One. Open your mouth. If you would only open your mouth. Gate Two. To bridle, to curb, to dam. Gate Three. Anagnorisis. Gate Four. Closed. Gate Five. Hold up. Gate Six. If everywhere that Mary went, the brain was public and exposed. Gate Seven. Do you mind, do you. Gate Eight. Fish moving in the boat’s direction will be recorded in our diagram with the more substantial marks. Gate Nine. The rhythm and interval between objects. Gate Ten. Our simplest subject. Our lightest lights. Our darkest darks.
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Gospel Reading
John 6:35-51

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.”

Musical Reflection
The Mother We Share by Chvrches

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Prayer 
from Operation Noah
We are the people of God, the Creator,
Created in the image of God.
We are the people of God, the Redeemer,
Reconciled in Jesus Christ.
We are the people of God, the giver of life,
Open to the life-giving Spirit.
Praise to you, Creator of heaven and earth,
You give us food of the earth and water of the well.
Praise to you, Jesus Christ who walked this earth,
You have revealed God’s love for the world.
Praise to you, Holy Spirit, giver of Life,
You awaken our song of praise.
Amen.

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.

Musical Reflection
Together by William Shatner with Lemon Jelly

Blessing

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.

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Sources:

Artwork by Jen Stark

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

Musical Reflection Community by Mirah

Poem Communion by Fiona Sampson

Poem Communion by Catherine Imbriglio

Musical Reflection The Mother We Share by Chvrches

Prayer from Operation Noah

Aramaic Lord’s Prayer by Mark Hathaway

Musical Reflection Together by William Shatner

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