Pentecost +2, Year C

Musical Reflection
Worthy by Ani Difranco

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Invocation

Searching God,
find faith in unexpected places:
free us from the contempt of what is familiar
and the horror of what remains foreign
that we might celebrate your presence
intimate and other
and wholly alive;
through Jesus Christ, friend of strangers.
Amen.

First Reading
Distances

by Philippe Jaccottet
translated by Derek Mahon

Swifts turn in the heights of the air;
higher still turn the invisible stars.
When day withdraws to the ends of the earth
their fires shine on a dark expanse of sand.We live in a world of motion and distance.
The heart flies from tree to bird,
from bird to distant star,
from star to love; and love grows
in the quiet house, turning and working,
servant of thought, a lamp held in one hand.

 

Second Reading
Faith
by Michael Schmidt

When I cannot believe,
The brown herds still move across green fields
Into the tufty hills, and I was born
Higher, where I could watch them as a bird might.
When even memory seems imagined, what
Can I bring to prayer? A pair of knees.
The great faith that built a stair to heaven
As now my memory tries to climb a hill,
Becomes an old stone building, a deaf priest
Whose hand is in the pockets of his parish,
Who longs to buy a bell he’ll never hear.
The water in the font is cold, I trace
A circle on my brow and not a cross.
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Gospel Reading
Luke 7:1-10

After Jesus finished presenting all his words among the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion had a servant who was very important to him, but the servant was ill and about to die. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Jesus to ask him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they earnestly pleaded with Jesus. “He deserves to have you do this for him,” they said. “He loves our people and he built our synagogue for us.”

Jesus went with them. He had almost reached the house when the centurion sent friends to say to Jesus, “Lord, don’t be bothered. I don’t deserve to have you come under my roof. In fact, I didn’t even consider myself worthy to come to you. Just say the word and my servant will be healed. I’m also a man appointed under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and the servant does it.”

When Jesus heard these words, he was impressed with the centurion. He turned to the crowd following him and said, “I tell you, even in Israel I haven’t found faith like this.” When the centurion’s friends returned to his house, they found the servant restored to health.

 

Musical Reflection
Waiting for a Miracle by Bruce Cockburn

 

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 Trinity Prayer
from the Syrian Liturgy of St Clement of Alexandria
O God, you are the unsearchable abyss of peace,
the ineffable sea of love,
the fountain of blessings.
Water us with plenteous streams
from the riches of your grace;
and from the most sweet springs of your kindness,
make us children of quietness and heirs of peace.
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
Best Friends by Ron Sexsmith


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 Steve McCurry

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Worthy by Ani Difranco

Poem Distances by Philippe Jaccottet

Poem Faith by Michael Schmidt

Musical Reflection Waiting for a Miracle by Bruce Cockburn

Prayer from St Clement of Alexandria

Lord’s Prayer from the Boston College Prayer List

Musical Reflection Best Friends by Ron Sexsmith

Blessing from The Pattern of our Days

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