Pentecost +11, Year C

Musical Reflection
Harvest Breed by Nick Drake




Lord of abundance,
you demand our life
entire and whole:
lead us out
from prisons of greed
to a place of riches
uncontained and always new;
through Jesus Christ, our common wealth.


First Reading
We Lived Happily During the War

by Ilya Kaminsky

And when they bombed other people’s houses, we

but not enough, we opposed them but not

enough. I was
in my bed, around my bed America

was falling: invisible house by invisible house by invisible house.

I took a chair outside and watched the sun.

In the sixth month
of a disastrous reign in the house of money

in the street of money in the city of money in the country of money
our great country of money, we (forgive us)

lived happily during the war.


Second Reading
[I Saw Myself]
 by Lew Welch

I saw myself
a ring of bone
in the clear stream
of all of it

and vowed,
always to be open to it
that all of it
might flow through

and then heard
“ring of bone” where
ring is what a

bell does


Gospel Reading
Luke 12:13-21

Someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

Jesus said to him, “Man, who appointed me as judge or referee between you and your brother?”

Then Jesus said to them, “Watch out! Guard yourself against all kinds of greed. After all, one’s life isn’t determined by one’s possessions, even when someone is very wealthy.” Then he told them a parable: “A certain rich man’s land produced a bountiful crop. He said to himself, What will I do? I have no place to store my harvest! Then he thought, Here’s what I’ll do. I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. That’s where I’ll store all my grain and goods. I’ll say to myself, You have stored up plenty of goods, enough for several years. Take it easy! Eat, drink, and enjoy yourself. But God said to him, ‘Fool, tonight you will die. Now who will get the things you have prepared for yourself?’ This is the way it will be for those who hoard things for themselves and aren’t rich toward God.”


Musical Reflection
The Fool by Neutral Milk Hotel


 Traditional Irish Blessing Prayer
by anonymous, adapted

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of God’s hand. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

O Breathing Life, your Name shines everywhere!
Release a space to plant your Presence here.
Imagine your possibilities now.
Embody your desire in every light and form.
Grow through us this moment’s bread and wisdom.
Untie the knots of failure binding us,
as we release the strands we hold of others’ faults.
Help us not forget our Source,
Yet free us from not being in the Present.
From you arises every Vision, Power and Song
from gathering to gathering.
Amen –
May our future actions grow from here!


Musical Reflection
Brother by The Organ



Name Unnamed, whose intriguing presence
is closer to home than we dare imagine,
fill us with wonder of you
that we may be filled with wonder of ourselves.

Name Unnamed, whose creativity is a river running,
startle us with diversity
and surprise us with difference
that we may be filled with wonder of others.

Name Unnamed, whose mystery and concern
is revealed in Jesus,
reshape our perceptions,
reshape our patterns of living,
reshape our politics and prayer,
that we may be filled with wonder of a world made whole.

May the blessing of God – the Memory, the Understanding,
and the Will
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.




Artwork by George Barbier

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Harvest Breed by Nick Drake

Poem We Lived Happily During the War by Ilya Kaminsky

Poem [I Saw Myself] by Lew Welch

Musical Reflection The Fool by Neutral Milk Hotel

Traditional Irish Prayer

Lord’s Prayer by Mark Berry

Musical Reflection Brother by The Organ

Blessing from The Pattern of our Days

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