Pentecost +1, Year A

Musical Reflection
Sandcastles by Beyoncé

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Invocation

Unknown God,
whose name is not ours
to claim and own:
we come to you with empty hands
and fragile foundations;
free us from the desire
to judge who is yours and who is not
that we might live in freedom,
rooted and grounded in your love alone;
through Jesus Christ, the grace of God.
Amen.
First Reading

To The Earth
by Anonymous
translated by Judith Gleason

 

The earth does not get fat
It makes an end of those who wear the head plumes
The earth does not get fat
It makes an end of those who act swiftly as heroes
Shall we die on the earth?

Listen, O earth; we shall mourn because of you
Listen, O earth; shall we all die on the earth?


The earth does not get fat
It makes an end of the chiefs
Shall we all die on the earth?
The earth does not get fat
It makes an end of the women-chiefs
Shall we die on the earth?

Listen, O earth; we shall mourn because of you
Listen, O earth; shall we all die on the earth?


The earth does not get fat
It makes an end of the nobles
Shall we die on the earth?
The earth does not get fat
It makes an end of the royal women
Shall we die on the earth?

Listen, O earth; we shall mourn because of you
Listen, O earth; shall we all die on the earth?

Second Reading
Sand Flesh and Sky

by Clarence Major

Our ropes are the roots
of our life. We fish
low in the earth,
the river beneath runs through our veins,
blue and cold in a riverbed.When the sun comes up,
the moon moves slowly to the left.

I tie the logs and limbs together,
holding them in place.

The ocean beats them
smooth like rock.
Here my sense of time is flat.

I find in a strip of damp sand
footprints and marks of hands,
and torn pieces of flesh.

Night is a beast.
The tide moves, gushing
back and forth.

Sunlight touches our faces,
turning us, turning us, turning us
in our morning sleep.

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Gospel Reading
Matthew 7:21-29

“It isn’t those who cry out, ‘My Saviour! My Saviour!’ who will enter the kindom of heaven. Rather, it is those who do the will of Abba God in heaven. When that day comes, many will plead with me, ‘Saviour! Saviour! Have we not prophesied in your name and exorcised demons in your name and done lots of miracles in your name?’ Then I’ll tell them, ‘I never knew you. Out of my sight, you evildoers!’

Anyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like the sage who built a house on bedrock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It didn’t fall because it was firmly set on bedrock. Anyone who hears my words and doesn’t put them into practice will be like a fool who built a house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It fell and was completely destroyed.”

When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were amazed at his teaching because he was teaching them with an authority that was unlike their religious scholars.


Musical Reflection

Heaven is not my Home by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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Prayer
by Michael Leunig


Dear God,
We pray for another way of being:
another way of knowing.

Across the difficult terrain of our existence
we have attempted to build a highway
and in so doing have lost our footpath.

God lead us to our footpath:
Lead us there where in simplicity
we made move at the speed of natural creatures
and feel the earth’s love beneath our feet.

Lead us there where step-by-step we may feel
the movement of creation in our hearts.

And lead us there where side-by-side
we may feel the embrace of the common soul.
Nothing can be loved at speed.

God lead us to the slow path; to the joyous insights
of the pilgrim; another way of knowing: another way of being.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our mother,
which art the earth,
Nurturing are thy ways.
Thy web of life be woven
Thy way be found within,
As it is all around.
Thank you this day for our daily bread and sweat
And forgive us our misuse of you,
As we forgive others their misuse of us.
And lead us not into exploitation,
But deliver us
From lording it over you,
And over each other,
And over all our other fellow creatures.
For thine are the waters of life,
The hills, valleys and plains of home,
The breeding, seeding, feeding ground,
For now, and for as close to forever
As we will ever come. Ah, woman!

 

Musical Reflection
Lakehouse by Of Monsters & Men


Blessing

The compassing of God be upon us,
the compassing of the God of life.

The compassing of Christ be upon us,
the compassing of the Christ of love.

The compassing of the Spirit be upon us,
the compassing of the Spirit of grace.

The compassing of the Sacred be upon us,
the compassing of the Sacred protect us,
the compassing of the Sacred preserve us.

And may the blessing of God – the Grace, the Love, and the Life,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

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Sources:

Artwork by Cornelia Konrads

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Sandcastles by Beyoncé

Poem To The Earth by Anonymous

Poem Sand Flesh and Sky by Clarence Major

Musical Reflection Heaven is not my Home by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Prayer by Michael Leunig

Lord’s Prayer from Karen Loveland and Minnesota Women’s Press

Musical Reflection Lakehouse by Of Monsters & Men

Blessing from Celtic Daily Prayer

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