Pentecost +13, Year B

Musical Reflection
Zombie by the Cranberries

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Invocation

Abrasive God,
refusing our religion
of sacrifice and power:
find us in our wandering,
speak to us the word of life,
liberate our violent hearts
and let us stay with you;
through Jesus Christ, the holy one of god.
Amen.
First Reading
Glucose Self-Monitoring

by Katy Geibenhain

A stabbing in miniature, it is,
a tiny crime,
my own blood parceled
drop by drop and set
on the flickering tongue
of this machine.
It is the spout-punching of trees
for syrup new and smooth
and sweeter
than nature ever intended.
It is Sleeping Beauty’s curse
and fascination.
It is the dipstick measuring of oil
from the Buick’s throat,
the necessary maintenance.
It is every vampire movie ever made.
Hand, my martyr without lips,
my quiet cow.
I’ll milk your fingertips
for all they’re worth.
For what they’re worth.
Something like a harvest, it is,
a tiny crime.
Second Reading
The New Zombie
by Rae Armantrout
1
I stare at a faint
spinning disc
in the black
endlessly
ready to pounce.
        2
I actually say,
“I’m so sick
of zombies!”
        3
Viral relics
in the genome?
Genes that switch
themselves off
and on,
unthinking
but coordinated?
        4
Zombie surfeit
Half-off zombie.
The best zombie
imitation.
Invisible zombie
hand
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Gospel Reading
John 6:56-69

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in them. As the living God sent me, and I live because of the living God, so whoever eats me lives because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. It isn’t like the bread your ancestors ate, and then they died. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.” Jesus said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Many of his disciples who heard this said, “This message is harsh. Who can hear it?”

Jesus knew that the disciples were grumbling about this and he said to them, “Does this offend you? What if you were to see the Human One going up where he was before? The Spirit is the one who gives life and the flesh doesn’t help at all. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. Yet some of you don’t believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning who wouldn’t believe and the one who would betray him. He said, “For this reason I said to you that none can come to me unless God enables them to do so.” At this, many of his disciples turned away and no longer accompanied him.

Jesus asked the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”

Simon Peter answered, “Lord, where would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are God’s holy one.”

Musical Reflection
Oh the Vampyre by A.A. Bondy

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Litany of the Most Precious Blood 
traditional prayer, adapted
Blood of Christ, only-begotten of the Eternal God, save us.
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God, save us.
Blood of Christ, of the Eternal Testament, save us.
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony, save us.
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, save us.
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, save us.
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, save us.
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, save us.
Blood of Christ, stream of mercy, save us.
Blood of Christ, victor over demons, save us.
Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs, save us.
Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors, save us.
Blood of Christ, help of those in peril, save us.
Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened, save us.
Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow, save us.
Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent, save us.
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying, save us.
Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts, save us.
Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life, save us.
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor, save us.
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
Of Moons, Birds and Monsters by MGMT


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 Thyrza Segal

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

Musical Reflection Zombie by The Cranberries

Poem Glucose Self-Monitoring by Katy Giebenhain 

Poem The New Zombie by Rae Armantrout

Musical Reflection Oh the Vampyre by A.A. Bondy

Litany of the Most Precious Blood Prayer

Aramaic Lord’s Prayer by Mark Hathaway

Musical Reflection Of Moons Birds and Monsters by MGMT

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