Pentecost +16, Year B

Musical Reflection
Life After Death by Grimes

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Invocation

Scandalous God,
you suffer our will to power,
the narrowness of our faith:
lead us on the path of loss
where empires tremble
and terror yields
to wisdom’s cry
and the open hands of love;
through Jesus Christ, the crucified Lord.
Amen.
First Reading
In Every Life

by Alicia Ostriker

In every life there’s a moment or two
when the self disappears, the cruel wound
takes over, and then again
at times we are filled with sky
or with birds or
simply with the sugary tea on the table
said the old woman
I know what you mean said the tulip
about epiphanies
for instance a cloudless April sky
the approach of a butterfly
but as to the disappearing self
no
I have not yet experienced thatYou are creating distinctions
that do not exist in reality
where “self” and “not-self” are like salt
in ocean, cloud in sky
oxygen in fire
said the philosophical dog
under the table scratching his balls
Second Reading
Song in My Heart
by Diane Seuss
If there’s pee on the seat it’s my pee,
battery’s dead I killed it, canary at the bottom
of the cage I bury it, like God tromping the sky
in his undershirt carrying his brass spittoon,
raging and sobbing in his Hush Puppy house
slippers with the backs broke down, no Mrs.
God to make him reasonable as he gets out
the straight razor to slice the hair off his face,
using the Black Sea as a mirror when everyone
knows the Black Sea is a terrible mirror,
like God is a terrible simile for me but like
God with his mirror, I use it.
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Gospel Reading
Mark 8:27-38

Jesus and his disciples went into the villages near Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”

They told him, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others one of the prophets.”

He asked them, “And what about you? Who do you say that I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

Then Jesus began to teach his disciples: “The Human One must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and the legal experts, and be killed, and then, after three days, rise from the dead.” He said this plainly. But Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him. Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, then sternly corrected Peter: “Get behind me, Satan. You are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.”

After calling the crowd together with his disciples, Jesus said to them, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me and because of the good news will save them. Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives? What will people give in exchange for their lives? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this unfaithful and corrupt generation, the Human One  and the holy angels will be ashamed of that person, when all stand before our God in glory.”

 

Musical Reflection
A Living Sacrifice by the Heather Clark Band

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Prayer of St Patrick
adapted
Creator God,
We arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.We arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot us;
God’s might to uphold us,
God’s wisdom to guide us,
God’s eye to look before us,
God’s ear to hear us,
God’s word to speak for us,
God’s hand to guard us,
God’s way to lie before us,
God’s shield to protect us,
God’s hosts to save us
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.Christ shield us today
Against wounding
Christ with us, Christ before us, Christ behind us,
Christ in us, Christ beneath us, Christ above us,
Christ on our right, Christ on our left,
Christ when we lie down, Christ when we sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of us,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of us,
Christ in the eye that sees us,
Christ in the ear that hears us.

We arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

O creative Breath,
ebbing and flowing through all forms,
Free us from all constrictions,
so that the current of thy life
may move in us without hinderance.
Empower us with thy creativity,
and clothe us with royal dignity,
So that, fully at one with the vortex of thy desire,
sacred actions pour forth from us
with each breath we release.
Renew in us this day
our lifebreath, vigour, and passion,
And untie the tangled threads of destiny which bind us,
as we release others from the entanglement of past mistakes.
Do not let us lose ourselves in distraction,
but by the way of the breath,
lead us into mindfulness.
For from thy depths pour forth
the Way, the Life, and the Splendour,
from age to age, it is so. Ameyn.

Musical Reflection
It’s Your Life by Milla


Blessing

Lord of the open spaces,
we entrust our lives
to the time of adventure;
to the life that pulses
through rain-drenched streets
and mountain heights;
to the love that sustains us
through feast and famine;

and the blessing of God, the Rainbow of Promise, the Ark of Salvation, and the Dove of Peace,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

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Sources:

Artwork by Isabelle Menin

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

Musical Reflection Life After Death by Grimes

Poem In Every Life by Alicia Ostriker

Poem Song in my Heart by Diane Seuss

Musical Reflection A Living Sacrifice by Heather Clark Band

Prayer of St Patrick

Aramaic Lord’s Prayer by Mark Hathaway

Musical Reflection It’s Your Life by Milla

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