Pentecost +10, Year C

Musical Reflection
Knock me Out by Linda Perry & Grace Slick

 

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Invocation

Lord of gifts,
share with us
a hunger for the bread of your realm;
give to us
a yearning impatience with injustice;
free us
from clinging to debts gone bad;
teach us
to pray with honesty
in words filled with earth
and lit by desire;
through Jesus Christ, our Jubilee.

Amen.

First Reading
To the One Upstairs

by Charles Simic

Boss of all bosses of the universe.
Mr. know-it-all, wheeler-dealer, wire-puller,
And whatever else you’re good at.
Go ahead, shuffle your zeros tonight.
Dip in ink the comets’ tails.
Staple the night with starlight.

You’d be better off reading coffee dregs,
Thumbing the pages of the Farmer’s Almanac.
But no! You love to put on airs,
And cultivate your famous serenity
While you sit behind your big desk
With zilch in your in-tray, zilch
In your out-tray,
And all of eternity spread around you.

Doesn’t it give you the creeps
To hear them begging you on their knees,
Sputtering endearments,
As if you were an inflatable, life-size doll?
Tell them to button up and go to bed.
Stop pretending you’re too busy to take notice.

Your hands are empty and so are your eyes.
There’s nothing to put your signature to,
Even if you knew your own name,
Or believed the ones I keep inventing,
As I scribble this note to you in the dark.

Second Reading
Via Negativa
by R.S. Thomas

Why no! I never thought other than
That God is that great absence
In our lives, the empty silence
Within, the place where we go
Seeking, not in hope to
Arrive or find. He keeps the interstices
In our knowledge, the darkness
Between stars. His are the echoes
We follow, the footprints he has just
Left. We put our hands in
His side hoping to find
It warm. We look at people
And places as though he had looked
At them, too; but miss the reflection.


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Gospel Reading
Luke 11:1-13

Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

Jesus told them, “When you pray, say:

‘Abba God, uphold the holiness of your name.
Bring in your realm.
Give us the bread we need for today.
Forgive us our sins,
    for we also forgive everyone who has wronged us.
And don’t lead us into temptation.’”

He also said to them, “Imagine that one of you has a friend and you go to that friend in the middle of the night. Imagine saying, ‘Friend, loan me three loaves of bread because a friend of mine on a journey has arrived and I have nothing to set before them.’ Imagine further that they answer from within the house, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up to give you anything.’ I assure you, even if they wouldn’t get up and help because of friendship, they will get up and give their friend whatever they need because of their friend’s brashness. And I tell you: Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. To everyone who knocks, the door is opened.

“Which parent among you would give a snake to your child if the child asked for a fish? If a child asked for an egg, what parent would give the child a scorpion? If you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Parent give the Holy Spirit to those who ask?”

 

Musical Reflection
Find My Way by Adaline

 

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 Prayer
by Inayat Khan

Send Thy peace O Lord, which is
perfect and everlasting,
that our souls may radiate peace.

Send Thy peace O Lord, that we
may think, act and speak harmoniously.

Send Thy peace O Lord, that we
may be contented and thankful for
Thy bountiful gifts.

Send Thy peace O Lord, that amidst
our worldly strife, we may enjoy Thy bliss.

Send Thy peace O Lord, that we
may endure all, tolerate all, in the thought of
Thy grace and mercy.

Send Thy peace O Lord, that our lives
may become a Divine vision and in Thy light,
all darkness may vanish.

Send Thy peace O Lord, our Father and Mother,
that we Thy children on Earth may all
unite in one family.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Dear One, closer to us than our own hearts, farther from us than the most distant star, you are beyond naming.

May your powerful presence become obvious not only in the undeniable glory of the sky, but also in the seemingly base and common processes of the earth.

Give us what we need, day by day, to keep body and soul together, because clever as you have made us, we still owe our existence to you.

We recognize that to be reconciled with you, we must live peaceably and justly with other human beings, putting hate and bitterness behind us.

We are torn between our faith in your goodness and our awareness of the evil in your creation, so deliver us from the temptation to despair.

Yours alone is the universe and all its majesty and beauty.

So it is, Amen.

 

Musical Reflection
All We Ask by Grizzly Bear

 


Blessing

God, our passionate life,
we bless you for the infinite beauty of created things –
sand, wind, wave, and the wings of the eagle –
for the love of land and people,
for the vine and the fruit and the good wine.
We bless you for the endurance of hope,
for the promise of renewal,
and for fleeting moments on the mountaintop.
Blessed are you, God, our passionate life.

May the blessing of God – the Creative Idea, the Creative Energy,
and the Creative Power
,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

 

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Sources:

Artwork by Abigail Reynolds

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Knock Me Out by Linda Perry & Grace Slick

Poem To the One Upstairs by Charles Simic

Poem Via Negativa by RS Thomas

Musical Reflection Find My Way by Adaline

Prayer by Inayat Khan

Lord’s Prayer by Jim Burklo

Musical Reflection All We Ask by Grizzly Bear

Blessing from The Pattern of our Days

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