Pentecost +3, Year A

Musical Reflection
Secrets by Mary Lambert


God of truth uncovered,
you trace the sparrow’s flight,
and plumb the secret places of the heart:
bring our fear and conflict
into the light of your presence;
help us to fill the hollows in our lives
and find our way to you;
through Jesus Christ,
the teacher and the student.
First Reading

The Secret
from The Little Golden Book of Poetry

We have a secret, just we three,
The robin, and I, and the sweet cherry-tree;
The bird told the tree, and the tree told me,

And nobody knows it but just us three.

But of course the robin knows it best,
Because she built the – I shan’t tell the rest;
And laid the four little – something in it –
I’m afraid I shall tell it every minute.

But if the tree and the robin don’t peep;
I’ll try my best the secret to keep;
Though I know when the little birds fly about
Then the whole secret will be out.

Second Reading
the hidden

by Truong Tran

known for her cooking the consistent
perfection of spring rolls evenly fried
her secret to brush it
with just a hint of apple juice
to add some color give some flavor

she is the mother of five a wife
a widow it is easy to forget
her strength in its subtlety
she keeps it hidden

like the smell of apple juice
that reminds me
of my family the eighteen days
we spent on a tanker

the sticky metal floors streaked
with the vomit of children crying
a pearl a day she removed
from a string milky white marbles

on an army issued blanket
a make-shift playground
that kept what was ours
i would have to be good
no crying no complaining
it was mine to keep it was mine to lose

being thirsty that i remember
drinking juice from a can tomato
apple a concoction of both
my mother traded her red jade bracelet

for a jar of water
the kind you drank if you had money to buy
if you spoke korean the kind
that was plain without the taste of salt

she said uống từ từ – drink it slowly
i was given a third of this precious water
the rest she saved      hid in a suitcase


Gospel Reading
Matthew 10:24-39

“A student is not superior to the teacher; the follower is not above the leader. It’s enough for students to be like their teacher and the follower like the leader. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, it’s certain that they will call the members of his household by even worse names.

“Therefore, don’t be afraid of those people because nothing is hidden that won’t be revealed, and nothing secret that won’t be brought out into the open. What I say to you in the darkness, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, announce from the rooftops. Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body but can’t kill the soul. Instead, be afraid of the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Aren’t two sparrows sold for a small coin? But not one of them will fall to the ground without your Abba God knowing about it already. Even the hairs of your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.

“Therefore, everyone who acknowledges me before people, I also will acknowledge before Abba God in heaven. But everyone who denies me before people, I also will deny before Abba God in heaven.

“Don’t think that I’ve come to bring peace to the earth. I haven’t come to bring peace but a sword. I’ve come to turn a daughter against her father, a son against his mother, in-law against in-law. People’s enemies are members of their own households.

“Those who love parents more than me aren’t worthy of me. Those who love offspring more than me aren’t worthy of me. Those who don’t pick up their crosses and follow me aren’t worthy of me. Those who find their lives will lose them, and those who lose their lives because of me will find them.”


Musical Reflection
Hidden Hand by Dry the River

from the Celtic Vision, adapted

God bless our homes,
from site to stay,
from beam to wall,
from end to end,
from ridge to basement,
from balk to roof-tree,
from found to summit,
Found and summit.

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
Whisper by Melissa McClelland



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.



Artwork by Nam June Paik

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Secrets by Mary Lambert

Poem The Secret from Little Golden Book of Poetry

Poem the hidden by Truong Tran

Musical Reflection Hidden Hand by Dry the River

Prayer from Celtic Vision

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

Musical Reflection Whisper by Melissa McClelland

Blessing from Celtic Daily Prayer

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