Second after Epiphany, Year C

 

Musical Reflection
Goin’ to the Party by Alabama Shakes

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Invocation

Lord of the wedding day,
passion of joining
and spirit of festival:
take our hearts of stone
and flood them with new wine
that we might savour ordinary miracles

given to sense and taste,

through Jesus Christ, the Winemaker.
Amen.

First Reading

Drunk Sonnet 14
by Daniel Bailey

IF ANYONE KNOWS WHAT IS GOING ON EVER THEN HEY
I AM HERE IT WOULD BE NICE TO TALK SOMETIME
INFOMERCIALS HAVE STARTED AND I KIND OF WANT TO DIE

I’M PRETTY SURE THIS ONE IS ACTUALLY FOR A MORGUE

OK SO ACTUALLY IT’S FOR THE BIBLE OR SOMETHING
SO IT’S A COMMERICAL FOR TRYING TO BE HAPPY OR SOMETHING
BUT I AM NOT HAPPY TONIGHT NO I AM NOT JUST HERE

IF HAPPINESS EVER WORKED THEN HOW—I DON’T KNOW

HAPPINESS IS A LIZARD IN THE SUNLIGHT GETTING WARM
AND THEN IN THE NIGHT BENEATH A ROCK EATING FLIES

AND SWALLLOWING THE MEAT OF THE TRASH OF THE DIRT

AH, SO TONIGHT IS A LITTLE DRUNK AND OK OK OK
THAT IS GOOD SO LET ME BE—THERE IS NO LOVE TONIGHT
GOD IS LIKE BONO—SOME DICKWAD NO ONE WILL EVER MEET OR LIKE

 

Second Reading
Party Ship
by Kay Ryan

You are a
land I can’t
stand leaving
and can’t not.
My party ship
is pulling out.
We all have
hats. I try to
toot some notes
you’ll understand
but this was not
our instrument
or plan.
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Gospel Reading
John 2:1-11

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’s mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. When the wine ran out, Jesus’s mother said to him, “They don’t have any wine.”

Jesus replied, “What does that have to do with me? My time hasn’t come yet.”

His mother told the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby were six stone water jars used for the Jewish cleansing ritual, each able to hold about twenty or thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servers, “Fill the jars with water,” and they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some from them and take it to the headwaiter,” and they did. The headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine. He didn’t know where it came from, though the servers who had drawn the water knew.

The headwaiter called the groom and said, “Everyone serves the good wine first. They bring out the second-rate wine only when the guests are drinking freely. You kept the good wine until now.” This was the first miraculous sign that Jesus did in Cana of Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

Musical Reflection
Funky Miracle by The Meters 

 

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Fire of the Spirit Prayer
by Hildegarde of Bingen

Fire of the Spirit,
Life of the lives of creatures,
Spiral of sanctity,
Bond of all natures,
Glow of charity,
Lights of clarity,
Taste of sweetness to the fallen,
Be with us and hear us.

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

O Silent Sound,
whose shimmering music pulsates
at the heart of each and all,
Clear a space in us where thy melody
may be perceived in its purity.
Let the rhythm of thy counsel reverberate through our lives,
so that we move to the beat of justice, love, and peace.
Then, our whole being at one with thy song,
grant that the earth may be filled
with the beauty of thy voice.
Endow us with the wisdom to produce and share
what each being needs to grow and flourish,
And give us courage to embrace our shadow with emptiness,
as we embrace others in their darkness.
But let us not be captive to uncertainty,
nor cling to fruitless pursuits.
For from thee springs forth
the rhythm, the melody, and the harmony,
which restores all to balance, again and again. Ameyn.

Musical Reflection
Marry Me by Dolly Parton


Blessing

Blessing and laughter and loving be ours,
the love of a great God
who names us
and holds us
while the earth turns and flowers grow
this day
this night
this moment
and forever.

May the blessing of God – the Giver, the Gift, and the Giving,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

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Sources:

Artwork by Gregg Louis

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Goin’ to the Party by Alabama Shakes

Poem Drunk Sonnet 14 by Daniel Bailey

Poem Party Ship by Kay Ryan

Musical Reflection Funky Miracle by the Meters

Prayer by Hildegard of Bingen

Aramaic Lord’s Prayer by Mark Hathaway

Musical Reflection Marry Me by Dolly Parton

Blessing from The Pattern of our Days

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