Pentecost +1, Year C

Musical Reflection
House on the Lake by Rosanne Cash

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Invocation

Wise and gentle God,
who sees 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.
Amen.

First Reading
In the Middle of the Road there was a Stone

by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
translated by Elizabeth Bishop

In the middle of the road there was a stone
there was a stone in the middle of the road
there was a stone
in the middle of the road there was a stone.

Never should I forget this event
in the life of my fatigued retinas.
Never should I forget that in the middle of the road
there was a stone
there was a stone in the middle of the road
in the middle of the road there was a stone.

 

Second Reading
Patroling Barnegat
by Walt Whitman

Wild, wild the storm, and the sea high running,
Steady the roar of the gale, with incessant undertone muttering,
Shouts of demoniac laughter fitfully piercing and pealing,
Waves, air, midnight, their savagest trinity lashing,
Out in the shadows there milk-white combs careering,
On beachy slush and sand spirts of snow fierce slanting,
Where through the murk the easterly death-wind breasting,
Through cutting swirl and spray watchful and firm advancing,

(That in the distance! is that a wreck? is the red signal flaring?)

Slush and sand of the beach tireless till daylight wending,
Steadily, slowly, through hoarse roar never remitting,
Along the midnight edge by those milk-white combs careering,
A group of dim, weird forms, struggling, the night confronting,
That savage trinity warily watching.
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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, ‘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
Hurricane Eye by Paul Simon

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 Prayer
by Marcus Braybrooke, adapted
God,
let us remain peacefully here and enjoy this land.
Help us to let go of our worries
and to rest in you and in your beauty.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Mother, Parent,
who are in the world and surpass the world,
Blessed be your presence,
in us, in animals and flowers,
in still air and wind.
May justice and peace dwell among us,
as you come to us.
Your will be our will;
You will that we be sisters, brothers, siblings,
as bread is bread, water is itself,
For our hunger, for quenching of thirst.
Forgive us.
We walk crookedly in the world,
and fail of our promise.
But we would be human,
if only you consent to stir up our hearts.
Amen.

 

Musical Reflection
We Sink by Of Monsters and Men


Blessing

Wherever we go,
may the joy of God the gracious
be with us.
Wherever we go,
may the face of Christ the kindly
be with us.
Wherever we go,
may the compassing of the Spirit of grace
be with us.
Wherever we go,
the presence of the Divine around us
to bless us and keep us.

May the blessing of God – the Rock, the Cornerstone,
and the Temple
,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

 

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Sources:

Artwork by Armelle Caron

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection House on the Lake by Rosanne Cash

Poem In the Middle of the Road There was a Stone by Carlos Drummond de Andrade

Poem Patrolling Barnegat by Walt Whitman

Musical Reflection Hurricane Eye by Paul Simon

Prayer by Marcus Braybrooke

Lord’s Prayer from the Boston College Prayer List

Musical Reflection We Sink by Of Monsters and Men

Blessing from The Pattern of our Days

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