Easter Six, Year A

Musical Reflection
9 to 5 by Dolly Parton


Invocation

Trinity of love,
inviting us
to abide in you:
may we follow the Spirit of truth
through desert wild and city street,
rutted field and snowbound height,
battleground and market square,
of the manifold world;
through Jesus Christ, our Sibling.
Amen.
First Reading

Prayer
by Gloria Fuertes

Our Father who is on earth,
whom I feel in the pine needle’s prick,
in the blue shirt of the worker,
in the child bent over her embroidery,
winding the thread around a finger.
Our Father who is on earth,
in the furrow,
in the orchard,
in the mine,
in the harbor,
in the cinema,
in the wine,
in the doctor’s office.
Our Father who is on earth,
where you reign over your glory and your hell,
and your limbo in the cafés
where the rich gather to drink.
Our Father who is in the public school,
and in the vegetable peddler
and in those that go hungry,
and in the poet, but never in the thief.
Our Father who is on earth,
an old man reading on a park bench in the Prado
or tossing bread to pigeons.
Our Father who is on earth,
in the cigarette, in the kiss,
in the ear of corn, in the chests
of all those who are decent.
Father who lives anywhere.
God who penetrates all emptiness,
you who end pain, who is on earth.
Our father whom now we see,
and those who will see you soon
here or in heaven.

Second Reading
“Find Work”

by Rhina P Espaillat

My mother’s mother, widowed very young
of her first love, and of that love’s first fruit,
moved through her father’s farm, her country tongue
and country heart anaesthetized and mute
with labor. So her kind was taught to do—
“Find work,” she would reply to every grief—
and her one dictum, whether false or true,
tolled heavy with her passionate belief.
Widowed again, with children, in her prime,
she spoke so little it was hard to bear
so much composure, such a truce with time
spent in the lifelong practice of despair.
But I recall her floors, scrubbed white as bone,
her dishes, and how painfully they shone.

 
Gospel Reading
John 14:15-21

“If you love me, and obey the command I give you, I will ask the One who sent me to give you another Paraclete, another Helper to be with you always – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept since the world neither sees her nor recognizes her; but you can recognize the Spirit because she remains with you and will be within you.

“I won’t leave you as orphans. I will come back to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live too. On that day you will know that I am in God, you are in me, and I am in you. Those who obey the commandments are the ones who love me. Whoever loves me will be loved by Abba God, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”


Musical Reflection

Which Side are You on? by Natalie Merchant

Prayer
by W.E.B. Du Bois, adapted

Give us grace, O God,
to dare to do the deeds which we well know cries to be done.
Let us not hesitate because of ease,
or the words of people’s mouths, or our own lives.
Mighty causes are calling us –
the freeing of women, the training of children,
the pulling down of hate and murder and poverty –
all these and more.
But they call with voices that mean work and sacrifices.
Mercifully grant us, O God, the spirit of Esther.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

God in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right; Do what’s best —
As above, so below.
Keep us alive.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

 

Musical Reflection
Working Man’s Blues 2 by Bob Dylan


The Stranger’s Blessing

The Sacred Three be blessing us,
our tables and their stores.
The Sacred Three be blessing
all our loved ones evermore.

May the blessing of God – the Author, the Messenger, and the Word,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

Sources:

Artwork by Jack Storms

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton

Poem Prayer by Gloria Fuertes

Poem “Find Work” by Rhina P Espaillat

Musical Reflection Which Side are you on? by Natalie Merchant

Prayer by W.E.B. Du Bois

Lord’s Prayer from the Message, adapted

Musical Reflection Working Man’s Blues 2 by Bob Dylan

Blessing from Celtic Daily Prayer

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