Eighth after Epiphany, Year C

Musical Reflection
Just Like a Tree by Au Revoir Simone


Wise and Gentle God,
you see into our hearts
the truth of what we are:
give us clear insight,
honesty and integrity
that we might be rooted in love’s solid earth
and act without hypocrisy;
through Jesus Christ, the Ground of our Being.

First Reading

A Lesson of Silence
by Tymoteusz Karpowicz
translated by Czesław Miłosz


Whenever a butterfly
happened to fold
too violently its wings –
there was a call: silence, please!

As soon as one feather
of a startled bird
jostled against a ray –
there was a call: silence, please!

In that way were taught
how to walk without noise
the elephant on his drum,
man on his earth.

The trees were rising
mute above the fields
as rises the hair
of the horror-stricken.


Second Reading
Try to Praise the Mutilated World
by Adam Zagajewski
translated by Clare Cavanagh

Try to praise the mutilated world.
Remember June’s long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of wine, the dew.
The nettles that methodically overgrow
the abandoned homesteads of exiles.
You must praise the mutilated world.
You watched the stylish yachts and ships;
one of them had a long trip ahead of it,
while salty oblivion awaited others.
You’ve seen the refugees heading nowhere,
you’ve heard the executioners sing joyfully.
You should praise the mutilated world.
Remember the moments when we were together
in a white room and the curtain fluttered.
Return in thought to the concert where music flared.
You gathered acorns in the park in autumn
and leaves eddied over the earth’s scars.
Praise the mutilated world
and the grey feather a thrush lost,
and the gentle light that strays and vanishes
and returns.

Gospel Reading
Luke 6:39-49

Jesus also told them a riddle. “A blind person can’t lead another blind person, right? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? Disciples aren’t greater than their teacher, but whoever is fully prepared will be like their teacher. Why do you see the splinter in your sibling’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? How can you say to your sibling, ‘Here, let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when you don’t see the log in your own eye? You deceive yourselves! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the splinter out of your sibling’s eye.

“A good tree doesn’t produce bad fruit, nor does a bad tree produce good fruit. Each tree is known by its own fruit. People don’t gather figs from thorny plants, nor do they pick grapes from prickly bushes. A good person produces good from the good treasury of the inner self, while an evil person produces evil from the evil treasury of the inner self. The inner self overflows with words that are spoken.

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and don’t do what I say? I’ll show what it’s like when someone comes to me, hears my words, and puts them into practice. It’s like a person building a house by digging deep and laying the foundation on bedrock. When the flood came, the rising water smashed against that house, but the water couldn’t shake the house because it was well built. But those who don’t put into practice what they hear are like a person who built a house without a foundation. The floodwater smashed against it and it collapsed instantly. It was completely destroyed.”

Musical Reflection
Dig for Fire by Pixies


Night Prayer
from A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa

it is night.

The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.

It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done;
let it be.

The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives
rest in you.

The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all dear to us,
and all who have no peace.

The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys,
new possibilities.

In your name we pray.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father and Mother, our Parent who art in Perfection,
we love you so much that even your Name is holy to us.
Thy community come,
Thy yearning be done,
among all of us here as well as in heaven.
Give us this day just what we need.
And forgive us our trespasses –
but only as much as we forgive those
who trespass against our own boundaries.
Save us from this time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the community, the power,
and the glory are yours –
now and forever. Amen.

Musical Reflection
The House That Heaven Built by Japandroids


Mysterious God, confounding our expectations,
meeting us where we least expect to find you,
Stay with us now.

Child of the manger, healing our pain,
sharing our weakness,
Stay with us now.

Source of life,
birth of God within our own experience,
Stay with us now.

Stay with us in our frailty and our strength,
stay with us on our journeys,
walk beside us, live within us,
lead us to glory, lead us home.

May the blessing of God – God beyond us, God with us, and God within us,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.


Artwork by Weerapong Sansomporn

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Just Like a Tree by Au Revoir Simone

Poem A Lesson of Silence by Tymoteusz Karpowicz

Poem Try to Praise the Mutilated World by Adam Zagajewski

Musical Reflection Dig for Fire by Pixies

Prayer from A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa

Lord’s Prayer by Rev Dan Geslin

Musical Reflection The House That Heaven Built by Japandroids

Blessing from The Pattern of our Days

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