Pentecost +24, Year C

Musical Reflection
Breathe in this Life by Denison Witmer


Invocation
 

Lord of the lost ones,
you come to our broken homes
and call us your own:
may our tables be graced
by your presence as a guest
and our possessions freed
to serve the poor;
through Jesus Christ, the Seeker.

Amen.

First Reading

Breathing Exercise
 by Rolf Jacobsen
translated by Olav Grinde

If you go far enough out
you can only see the sun as a spark
in a dying fire
if you go far enough out.

If you go far enough out
you can see the entire wheel of the Milky Way
roll away on roads of night
if you far enough out.

If you go far enough out
you can see the Universe itself,
all the billion light years summed up time
only as a flash, just as lonely, as distant

as a star on a June night
if you go far enough out.

and still, my friend, if you go far enough out
you are only at the beginning

-of yourself.

 


Second Reading
Waking
by Sheila Wingfield

When Lazarus
Was helped from his cold tomb
Into air cut by bird-calls,
While a branch swayed
And the ground felt unsteady:
I must, like him, with all force possible
Try out my tongue again.

Gospel Reading
Luke 19:1-10

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through town. A person there named Zacchaeus, a ruler among tax collectors, was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but, being short, he couldn’t because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When Jesus came to that spot, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down at once. I must stay in your home today.” So Zacchaeus came down at once, happy to welcome Jesus.

Everyone who saw this grumbled, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my possessions to the poor. And if I have cheated anyone, I repay them four times as much.”

Jesus said to him, “Today, salvation has come to this household because he too is a child of Abraham and Sarah. The Human One came to seek and save the lost.”

 

Musical Reflection
Sycamore Silhouetting by Biblio

Prayer
by Shaykh Mufti Taqi Usmani, adapted

O God,
create light in our hearts and
light in our eyes and
light in our hearing and
light to our rights and
light to our lefts and
light above us and
light beneath us and
light in front of us and
light behind us and
appoint light for us and
magnify light for us,
O God, bestow light upon us.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

Musical Reflection
A Little Light by Sturgill Simpson

 


Blessing

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.

 

Sources:

Artwork by Yayoi Kusama 

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Breathe in this Life by Denison Witmer

Poem Breathing Exercise by Rolf Jacobsen

Poem Waking by Sheila Wingfield

Musical Reflection Sycamore Silhouetting by Bibio

Prayer by Shaykh Mufti Taqi Usmani

Lord’s Prayer by Fred F Keip

Musical Reflection A Little Light by Sturgill Simpson

Blessing from The Pattern of our Days

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