Pentecost +17, Year B

 

Musical Reflection
Kidz are so Small by Deerhoof

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Invocation

God, who draws near,
who comes to our level,
whose nature is revealed
in lordship laid aside:
give us grace to welcome you
in the one who tests the bounds
of our community:
in the child,
the outcast,
the one who comes with no power
save that of remaking our heart;
through Jesus Christ, the one who will be betrayed.
Amen.
First Reading
The Lamb

by Linda Gregg

It was a picture I had after the war.
A bombed English church. I was too young
to know the word English or war,
but I knew the picture.
The ruined city still seemed noble.
The cathedral with its roof blown off
was not less godly. The church was the same
plus rain and sky. Birds flew in and out
of the holes God’s fist made in the walls.
All our desire for love or children
is treated like rags by the enemy.
I knew so much and sang anyway.
Like a bird who will sing until
it is brought down. When they take
away the trees, the child picks up a stick
and says, this is a tree, this the house
and the family. As we might. Through a door
of what had been a house, into the field
of rubble, walks a single lamb, tilting
its head, curious, unafraid, hungry.
Second Reading
The Lamb
by William Blake
Little Lamb who made thee
         Dost thou know who made thee
Gave thee life & bid thee feed.
By the stream & o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing wooly bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice!
         Little Lamb who made thee
         Dost thou know who made thee
         Little Lamb I’ll tell thee,
         Little Lamb I’ll tell thee!
He is called by thy name,
For he calls himself a Lamb:
He is meek & he is mild,
He became a little child:
I a child & thou a lamb,
We are called by his name.
         Little Lamb God bless thee.
         Little Lamb God bless thee.
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Gospel Reading
Mark 9:30-37

From there Jesus and his followers went through Galilee, but he didn’t want anyone to know it. This was because he was teaching his disciples, “The Human One will be delivered into human hands. They will kill him. Three days after he is killed he will rise up.” But they didn’t understand this kind of talk, and they were afraid to ask him.

They entered Capernaum. When they had come into a house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about during the journey?” They didn’t respond, since on the way they had been debating with each other about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be least of all and the servant of all.” Jesus reached for a little child, placed him among the Twelve, and embraced him. Then he said, “Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me isn’t actually welcoming me but rather the one who sent me.”

Musical Reflection
Kid Fears by Indigo Girls

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Prayer from Israel
adapted

Give us the strength to meet
each day with quiet will.
Give us the faith to know
you are our shepherd still.
Give us the light to find
our way when shadows fall.
Be our steady guiding star,
Creator of all.
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
The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance by Vampire Weekend


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 Raed Yassin

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

Musical Reflection Kidz are so Small by Deerhoof

Poem The Lamb by Linda Gregg

Poem The Lamb by William Blake

Musical Reflection Kid Fears by Indigo Girls

Prayer from Israel

Aramaic Lord’s Prayer by Mark Hathaway

Musical Reflection The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance by Vampire Weekend

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