Pentecost +21, Year C

Musical Reflection
Mercy by The Innocence Mission



God of the borderlands,
you travel between
the foreign and the familiar:
open our world
to those we would exclude
and despise;
heal and liberate us
when we are outcast
that we might learn to praise your name
with hearts that are whole;
through Jesus Christ, the Rejected One.


First Reading

A Prayer That Will Be Answered
 by Anna Kamienska
translated by Tomasz P Krzeszowski and Desmond Graham

Lord let me suffer much
and then die

Let me walk through silence
and leave nothing behind not even fear

Make the world continue
let the ocean kiss the sand just as before

Let the grass stay green
so that frogs can hide in it

so that someone can bury his face in it
and sob out his love

Make the day rise brightly
as if there were no more pain

And let my poem stand clear as a windowpane
bumped by a bumblebee’s head


Second Reading
A Prayer
by Bogdan Czaykowski
translated by Czeslaw Milosz


Throw me into a cloud o lord

but do not make me a drop of rain
I do not want to return to earth

throw me into a flower o lord

but do not make me a bee
I would die from an excess of industrious sweetness

throw me into a lake

but do not make me a fish o lord
I would not be able to become cold-blooded

throw me into a forest
like a pine cone on the grass
let no red-haired squirrels find me

throw me into a calm shape of a stone
but not on the pavement of a London street
oh lord I worry and bite walls in this alien city

you who turn me over fire
pluck me from flames
and deposit me on a quiet white cloud


Gospel Reading
Luke 17:11-19

On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men with skin diseases approached him. Keeping their distance from him, they raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Rabbi, show us mercy!”

When Jesus saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” As they left, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw that he had been healed, returned and praised God with a loud voice. He fell on his face at Jesus’s feet and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus replied, “Weren’t ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? No one returned to praise God except this foreigner?” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up and go. Your faith has healed you.”



Musical Reflection
Mercy by Sarah McLachlan

by St Jerome, adapted

Show us, O Lord, your mercy,
and delight our hearts with it.
Let us find you whom we so longingly seek.
See, here is the man whom the robbers seized,
mishandled, and left half dead on the road to Jericho.
O kind-hearted Samaritan, come to our aid!
We are the sheep who wandered
into the wilderness – seek after us,
and bring us home again to your fold.
Do with us what you will,
that we may stay by you
all the days of our lives,
and praise you with all those
who are with you in heaven for all eternity.

The Lord’s Prayer

Indwelling God,
infused throughout all existence,
we honour you with many names.

Your realm is within the human heart.
We accept life for all that it can be,
on earth as throughout all creation.

May we continue to draw sustenance from this earth,
and may we receive forgiveness equal to our own.

May we ever move from separation toward union,
to live in grace, with love in our hearts, forever and ever.

May God’s joy be in our hearts
and God’s love surround our living.
Each day and night and
wherever we roam,
may we know God’s presence.
In growing and learning,
in joy and sorrow,
in friendship,
in solitude,
in beginnings and endings,
may God keep us and bless us
all the days of our lives.

May the blessing of God – the Beginning, the End, and the Everlasting,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.




Artwork by Annie Pootoogook

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Mercy by The Innocence Mission

Poem A Prayer That Will Be Answered by Anna Kamienska

Poem A Prayer by Bogdan Czaykowski

Musical Reflection Mercy by Sarah McLachlan

Prayer by St Jerome

Lord’s Prayer by Fred F Keip

Musical Reflection Mercy by Muse

Blessing from The Pattern of our Days

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