Pentecost +21, Year B

Musical Reflection
Do it Right by Keb’ Mo’

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Invocation

Suffering God,
in whose name
we seek glory for ourselves:
cast down the idols
that serve our fear and guilt
our need for blame, for punishment;
direct our angry hearts
to the one who bears our wounds;
through Jesus Christ, the true God and servant of all.
Amen.
First Reading
The Hand’s Gesture

by Roberto Juarroz
translated by Mary Crow

The hand’s gesture
when it tries to write
sometimes creates thought,
creates the image
that then moves the hand.

A gesture also creates love,
which then creates other gestures
and something else that’s underneath.

The independent language of gestures
appears a calculated chance
to awaken the latent waiting
that lives in the depth of everything.

Also the tree is a language of gestures
where chance and the tree’s complicity
unite so that a leaf may fall.

Second Reading
Surprised by my own Hands
by Steve Lewandowski
She said she liked my hands,
separating a part of me from me.
I was surprised but concealed it,
didn’t say anything right then.
I waited until I got back to my room
and then had a closer look at them.
They seemed perfectly reasonable
hands, which could grasp, might claw,
folded up okay, could hold out for
the next world, couldn’t scale my arms
like crabs, would remain brownish-white
depending on what sun they’re put into,
callouses coming and going with work
or no work. When I saw her again
she held out her hand to mine.
A bird enters the nest to feed
the ten fingers of her babies.
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Gospel Reading
Mark 10:35-45

James and John, Zebedee’s sons, came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

“What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

They said, “Allow one of us to sit on your right and the other on your left when you enter your glory.”

Jesus replied, “You don’t know what you’re asking! Can you drink the cup I drink or receive the baptism I receive?”

“We can,” they answered.

Jesus said, “You will drink the cup I drink and receive the baptism I receive, but to sit at my right or left hand isn’t mine to give. It belongs to those for whom it has been prepared.”

Now when the other ten disciples heard about this, they became angry with James and John. Jesus called them over and said, “You know that the ones who are considered the rulers by the Gentiles show off their authority over them and their high-ranking officials order them around. But that’s not the way it will be with you. Whoever wants to be great among you will be your servant. Whoever wants to be first among you will be the servant of all, for the Human One didn’t come to be served but rather to serve and to give his life to liberate many people.”

Musical Reflection
I Drink by Mary Gauthier

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Prayer
 by John Banister Tabb, adapted

Make us, dear God, loving and kind
to everyone, we pray.
And may we ask you how you find
yourself, dear God, today? 

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

O Great Spirit,
You are our Shepherd Chief in the most high place.
Whose home is everywhere, even beyond the stars and moon.
Whatever You want done, let it also be done everywhere.
Give us Your gift of bread day by day.
Forgive us our wrongs as we forgive those who wrong us.
Take us away from wrong doings.
Free us from all evil.
For everything belongs to You.
Let your power and glory shine forever. Amen.

Musical Reflection
A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left by Andrew Bird


Blessing

May the outrageous welcome of Abba God
accept us for who we are;
may the incarnation of the Word
touch and hold us close;
may the wanderings of the Spirit
help us risk ourselves for love;

and the blessing of God, the Sun, the Light and the Burning Ray, 
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

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Sources:

Artwork by Dale Chihuly

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

Musical Reflection Do it Right by Keb’ Mo’

Poem The Hand’s Gesture by Roberto Juarroz

Poem Surprised by my Own Hands by Steve Lewandowski

Musical Reflection I Drink by Mary Gauthier

Prayer by John Banister Tabb

Lord’s Prayer by Hattie C Enos

Musical Reflection A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left by Andrew Bird

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