Reign of Christ, Year B

Musical Reflection
Wheat Kings by The Tragically Hip

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Invocation

You who are,
who were,
who are to come,
before whose judgement
all fades away
that is not love:
save us from the violence

that seeks to claim our hearts
so we might hear a different voice
and belong to you in truth,

through Jesus Christ, the wounded ruler of all.
Amen.
First Reading
Spring Reign
by Dean Young
Thank you whoever tuned the radio
to rain, thank you who spilled
the strong-willed wine for not

being me so I’m not to blame. I’m glad

I’m not that broken tree although
it looks sublime. And glad I’m not
taking a test and running out of time.

What’s a tetrahedron anyway? What’s

the sublime, 3,483 divided by 9,
the tenth amendment, the ferryman’s name
on the River Styx? We’re all missing

more and more tricks, losing our grips,

guilty of crimes we didn’t commit.
The horse rears and races then moves no more,
the sports coupe grinds to a stop, beginning

a new life as rot, beaten to shit, Whitman

grass stain, consciousness swamp gas,
the bones and brain, protoplasm and liver,
ground down like stones in a river. Or does

the heart’s cinder wash up as delta froth

out of which hops frog spawn, dog song,
the next rhyming grind, next kid literati?
Maybe the world’s just a bubble, all

philosophy ants in a muddle,

an engine inside an elk’s skull on a pole.
Maybe an angel’s long overdue and we’re
all in trouble. Meanwhile thanks whoever

for the dial turned to green downpour, thanks

for feathery conniptions at the seashore
and moth-minded, match-flash breath.
Thank you for whatever’s left.
Second Reading
In the Bleak Midwinter

by Christina Rossetti

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,

In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed

The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,

The ox and ass and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,

Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.
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Gospel Reading
John 18:33-37

Pilate went back into the palace. He summoned Jesus and asked, “Are you the king of the Jewish people?”

Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own or have others spoken to you about me?”

Pilate responded, “I’m not Jewish, am I? Your nation and its chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?”

Jesus replied, “My realm doesn’t originate from this world. If it did, my people would fight so that I wouldn’t have been arrested by the Temple authorities. No, my realm is not of this world.”

“So you are a king?” Pilate said.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this reason: to testify to the truth. Whoever seeks the truth hears my voice.”

Musical Reflection
The Royal We by Silversun Pickups

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 Prayer

Dear God, hear and bless
The beasts and singing birds:
And guard with tenderness
Small things that have no words.
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
Extra Kings by The Avalanches

 

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 Michaelangelo

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

Musical Reflection Wheat Kings by The Tragically Hip

Poem Spring Reign by Dean Young

Poem In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti

Musical Reflection The Royal We by Silversun Pickups

Prayer by Anonymous

Lord’s Prayer by Hattie C Enos

Musical Reflection Extra Kings by The Avalanches

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