Third after Epiphany, Year A

Musical Reflection
Ship Out on the Sea by The Be Good Tanyas

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Invocation

God of all people
you sent your Child
into the shrouded world,
into the borderlands;
may the dawning light
give hope to the broken,
the persecuted,
the alien, and the excluded,
that we may feel the kindom drawing near
and turn to follow this light;
through Jesus Christ, the morning star.
Amen.
First Reading

Work Without Hope
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair—
The bees are stirring—birds are on the wing—
And Winter slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!
And I the while, the sole unbusy thing,

Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing.
Yet well I ken the banks where amaranths blow,

Have traced the fount whence streams of nectar flow.
Bloom, O ye amaranths! bloom for whom ye may,
For me ye bloom not! Glide, rich streams, away!
With lips unbrightened, wreathless brow, I stroll:
And would you learn the spells that drowse my soul?
Work without Hope draws nectar in a sieve,
And Hope without an object cannot live.

 

Second Reading
Occupation

by Rachel Sherwood

The man who told me about war
said, it’s the only thing
that keeps us busy.
I thought of your fingers
on my back
counting the vertebrae

one by one.

The only thing?

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Gospel Reading
Matthew 4:12-23

Now when Jesus heard that John was arrested, he went to Galilee. He left Nazareth and settled in Capernaum, which lies alongside the sea in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali. This fulfilled what Isaiah the prophet said:

Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
        alongside the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles,
    the people who lived in the dark have seen a great light,
        and a light has come upon those who lived in the region and in shadow of death.

From that time Jesus began to announce, “Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kindom of heaven!”

As Jesus walked alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two siblings, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, because they fished by trade. “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” Right away, they left their nets and followed him. Continuing on, he saw another set of siblings, James the child of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father repairing their nets. Jesus called them and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus traveled throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues. He announced the good news of the kindom of heaven and healed every disease and sickness among the people.


Musical Reflection

Follow by Brandi Carlile

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 Prayer 

by Simon H Baynes, adapted

Lord, make us more thankful for what we have received;
make us more content with what we have;
and make us more mindful of other people in need.
Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

God, heart of the world:
revealed through every aspect of creation:
understood through our awareness.
May we honour the holiness of creation and act accordingly
so that your love is reflected in the way we live.
May we always be thankful for the food we eat
and the friends we have.
May we forgive those who transgress against us
and be forgiven for our own.
In the freedom of love may we live as your heartbeat
and not be compromised by hesitation.
Through our freedom,
may your justice be seen and heard and experienced
forever and ever. Amen.

 

Musical Reflection
L.E.S. Artistes by Santigold

Blessing

Bless us, Lord, this day with vision.
May this place, wherever we are,
be a sacred place,
a telling place,
where heaven and earth meet.

And may the blessing of God – the Abba, the Messiah, and the Paraclete,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

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Sources:

Artwork by Pierre-August Renoir

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Ship Out on the Sea by The Be Good Tanyas

Poem Work Without Hope by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poem Occupation by Rachel Sherwood

Musical Reflection Follow by Brandi Carlile

Prayer by Simon H Baynes

Lord’s Prayer by Sherri J Weinberg

Musical Reflection L.E.S. Artistes by Santigold

Blessing from Celtic Daily Prayer, adapted

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