Easter Seven, Year A

Musical Reflection
Adam and Eve by Paul Anka


Invocation

Threefold One,
relationship in unity,
love given and received
through all the ages long:
give us that unity
which is not enclosed
but alive and accepting
with the open heart of love;
through Jesus Christ, the glory of God.
Amen.
First Reading

Who Are You
by Sapardi Djoko Damonno
translated by Burton Raffell

I am Adam
who ate the apple;
Adam suddenly aware of himself,
startled and ashamed,
I am Adam who realized
good and evil, passing
from one sin to another;
Adam continually suspicious
of himself,
hiding his face.
I am Adam floundering
in the net of space and time,
with no help from reality:
paradise lost
because of my mistrust
of the Presence.
I am Adam
who heard God say

farewell, Adam.

Second Reading
Last Adam

by Oscar Hahn
translated by James Hoggard

Sitting on a pile of debris
I wait for the mutant who’ll be my wife

My lungs are black
and my breath smells like coal

Wind scatters the calcined trees

Someone rips out one of my ribs
and the rib turns to soot

My son he says
why have you abandoned me?

And backs away stepping on radioactive ash

 
Gospel Reading
John 17:1-11

When Jesus finished saying these things, he looked up to heaven and said, “Abba, the hour has come! Glorify your Only Begotten, so that I may glorify you, through the authority you’ve given me over all humankind, by bestowing eternal life on all those you gave me. And this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent, Jesus the Messiah. I have glorified you on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. Now, Abba, glorify me in your presence with the glory I shared with you before the world was created.

“I have manifested your Name to the people you gave me from this world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. This is because I gave them the words that you gave me, and they received them. They truly understood that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.

“I’m praying for them. I’m not praying for the world but for those you gave me, because they are yours. Everything that is mine is yours and everything that is yours is mine; I have been glorified in them. I’m no longer in the world, but they are in the world, even as I’m coming to you. Abba, Holy God, watch over them in your Name, the Name you gave me, that they will be one just as we are one.


Musical Reflection
In the Beginning by Daughn Gibson

 

Mohawk Prayer

Oh Great Spirit, Creator of all things;
Human Beings, trees, grass, berries.
Help us, be kind to us.
Let us be happy on earth.
Let us lead our children
To a good life and old age.
These our people; give them good minds
To love one another.
Oh Great Spirit,
Be kind to us
Give these people the favour
To see green trees,
Green grass, flowers, and berries
This next spring;
So we all meet again
Oh Great Spirit,
We ask of you.
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
At the Beginning of Time by Jane Siberry


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 Ruth Cuthand

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Adam and Eve by Paul Anka

Poem Who Are You by Sapardi Djoko Damonno

Poem Last Adam by Oscar Hahn

Musical Reflection In the Beginning by Daughn Gibson

Mohawk Prayer

Lord’s Prayer from the Message

Musical Reflection At the Beginning of Time by Jane Siberry

Blessing from Celtic Daily Prayer

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