Pentecost +8, Year A

Musical Reflection
Heart of the House by Alanis Morissette

 


Invocation

Scandalous God,
sowing weeds among the crop,
raising bread with impure yeast,
offering treasure beyond price,
casting a net that catches good and bad:
throw down our mean idols
of purity and possession
and show us your inclusive,
provocative,
wide-branching love;
through Jesus Christ,
the stumbling block.
Amen.
First Reading

On Old Ideas
by Dorothea Lasky

Kissing the bankteller outside his stairs
In Brighton, MA I cannot lie. I felt the hope
That we once felt, if only for an instant
O the lovely bankteller, like a moose he
Rode my spirit quite outside my clothes
And chrysanthemums sprouted I assure you
Out my nipples when he kissed them.
And the pureness of not knowing him at all
Was really what we all feel when we enter this earth.
There is a newness to the best things that cannot
Be excelled and old things like old love die and rot.
There are old ideas in the world that should be forgotten
There are old ideas and old phrases that should at least
Be recycled for others
There are old plans now that should be new.
There are old thoughts in your head, my reader, and let them die.
Follow me, I am the crusader of the new
My spirit is a plastic rod that channels all our births.
And in the mouths of the little beasts, we shall find the great
Ocean that spits up black bugs all glittering on its shores.
You know there is an anthem to the ages.
There is an anthem of the ages.
This is that anthem
This is that anthem

Second Reading
New

by Gertrude Stein

We knew.
    Anne to come.
    Anne to come.
    Be new.
    Be new too.
    Anne to come
    Anne to come
    Be new
    Be new too.
    And anew.
    Anne to come.
    Anne anew.
    Anne do come.
    Anne do come too, to come and to come not to come and as to
and new, and new too.
    Anne do come.
    Anne knew.
    Anne to come.
    Anne anew.
    Anne to come.
    And as new.
    Anne to come to come too.
    Half of it.
    Was she
    Windows
    Was she
    Or mine
    Was she
    Or as she
    For she or she or sure.
    Enable her to say.
    And enable her to say.
    Or half way.
    Sitting down.
    Half sitting down.
    And another way.
    Their ships
    And please.
    As the other side.
    And another side
    Incoming
    Favorable and be fought.
    Adds to it.
    In half.
    Take the place of take the place of take the place of taking
place.
    Take the place of in places.
    Take the place of taken in place of places.
    Take the place of it, she takes it in the place of it. In the way
of arches architecture.
    Who has seen shown
    You do.
    Hoodoo.
    If can in countenance to countenance a countenance as in as
seen.
    Change it.
    Not nearly so much.
    He had.
    She had.
    Had she.
    He had nearly very nearly as much.
    She had very nearly as much as had had.
    Had she.
    She had.
    Loose loosen, Loose losten to losten, to lose.
    Many.
    If a little if as little if as little as that.
    If as little as that, if it is as little as that that is if it is very nearly all of it, her dear her dear does not mention a ball at all.
    Actually.
    As to this.
    Actually as to this.
    High or do you do it.
    Actually as to this high or do you do it.
    Not how do you do it.
    Actually as to this.
    Not having been or not having been nor having been or not
having been.
    Interrupted.
    All of this makes it unanxiously.
    Feel so.
    Add to it.
    As add to it.
    He.
    He.
    As add to it.
    As add to it.
    As he
    As he as add to it.
    He.
    As he
    Add to it.
    Not so far.
    Constantly as seen.
    Not as far as to mean.
    I mean I mean.
    Constantly.
    As far.
    So far.
    Forbore.
    He forbore.
    To forbear.
    Their forbears.
    Plainly.
    In so far.
    Instance.
    For instance.
    In so far.

 

 
Gospel Reading
Matthew 13:31-52
 

He told another parable to them: “The kindom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in a field. It’s the smallest of all seeds. But when it’s grown, it’s the largest of all vegetable plants. It becomes a tree so that the birds in the sky come and nest in its branches.”

He told them another parable: “The kindom of heaven is like yeast, which a woman took and hid in a bushel of wheat flour until the yeast had worked its way through all the dough.”

Jesus said all these things to the crowds in parables, and he spoke to them only in parables. This was to fulfill what the prophet spoke:

I’ll speak in parables;
        I’ll declare what has been hidden since the beginning of the world.

Jesus left the crowds and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

Jesus replied, “The one who plants the good seed is the Human One. The field is the world. And the good seeds are the followers of the kindom. But the weeds are the followers of the evil one. The enemy who planted them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the present age. The harvesters are the angels. Just as people gather weeds and burn them in the fire, so it will be at the end of the present age. The Human One will send angels, and they will gather out of the kindom all things that cause people to fall away and all people who sin. They will be thrown into a burning furnace. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in Abba God’s kindom. Those who have ears should hear.”

“The kindom of heaven is like a treasure that somebody hid in a field, which someone else found and covered up. Full of joy, the finder sold everything and bought that field.

“Again, the kindom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When this man found one very precious pearl, he went and sold all that he owned and bought it.

“Again, the kindom of heaven is like a net that people threw into the lake and gathered all kinds of fish. When it was full, they pulled it to the shore, where they sat down and put the good fish together into containers. But the bad fish they threw away. That’s the way it will be at the end of the present age. The angels will go out and separate the evil people from the righteous people, and will throw the evil ones into a burning furnace. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth.

“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.

They said to him, “Yes.”

Then he said to them, “Therefore, every legal expert who has been trained as a disciple for the kindom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings old and new things out of their treasure chest.”

Musical Reflection
Old Joy by Noah and the Whale

Prayer
by Ruth Wood, adapted

We know, God, that we are a part of your family.
But we also know that your family is much bigger still.
There are people we don’t understand, there are people we disagree with,
there are people we don’t like, there are people who don’t like us.
Challenge us, God, to expand our vision of family,
until we see all of creation as one big family. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Loving God, within and around us, we revere you.
We seek to live life as you would want us to do;
with love and respect for all people
and all things in the universe.
May we find each day sufficient for our needs,
and find forgiveness when we do wrong,
just as we forgive those who do wrong to us.
In times of trouble, may we centre our lives in you.
For your being is love,
which comes with strength and with beauty,
throughout eternity. Amen.

 

Musical Reflection
The New Face of Zero and One by The New Pornographers


Saranam (Refuge) Blessing

Great Creator,
Receive our thanks for night and day,
for food and shelter, rest and play.
Be here our guest and with us stay,
saranam, saranam, saranam.

And may the blessing of God – the Speaker, the Word, and the Speaking,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

 

Sources:

Artwork by Peter McFarlane

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Heart of the House by Alanis Morissette

Poem On Old Ideas by Dorothea Lasky

Poem New by Gertrude Stein

Musical Reflection Old Joy by Noah and the Whale

Prayer by Ruth Wood

Lord’s Prayer by Margaret Rolfe

Musical Reflection The New Face of Zero and One by The New Pornographers

Blessing from Celtic Daily Prayer

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