Pentecost +10, Year A

Musical Reflection
Fear on Fire by Ruelle

 


Invocation

Lord of living waters,
you save us from the flood
of violence and despair:
reach out to us
when faith is weak,
when we are going under
and make us unafraid
to walk with you;
through Jesus Christ,
in whom we are raised.
Amen.
First Reading

1-800-FEAR
by Jody Gladding

We’d  like  to  talk  with  you  about  fear they  said  so
many  people  live  in  fear  these  days  they  drove  up
all  four  of  them  in  a  small  car nice   boy  they  said
beautiful  dogs they  said  so  friendly  the  man  ahead
of  the  woman  the other  two  waiting  in  the  drive  I
was  outside digging up the garden no one home I said
what   are  you  selling   anyway  I’m   not  interested  I
said  well  you  have  a  nice  day  they  said  here’s  our
card  there’s   a  phone  number  you  can  call  anytime
any  other   houses  down  this  road  anyone  else   live
here  we’d  like  to  talk  to  them  about  living  in  fear

Second Reading
You are Afraid of the Dark

by Kathryn Nuernberger

You are afraid of the dark,
for which you blame the raccoons,
or more to the point, your father,
who took you and your mother
into the night with a flashlight
and shotgun, then left
with both, while you held
her shaking hand. You
would follow your father
to the end of the world,
those distant birch woods
where raccoons rustle
and flash their green eyes.
His gun was firing
into the persimmon trees
and the rain of leaves and ripe fruit
fell farther and farther,
until only the crackle
of his shots and the distant baying
of the hounds could be heard.
The raccoons came then
to hiss all around:
he left you, he left you,
and now you are ours.
 
Gospel Reading
Matthew 14:22-33
 

Right then, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead to the other side of the lake while he dismissed the crowds. When he sent them away, he went up onto a mountain by himself to pray. Evening came and he was alone. Meanwhile, the boat, fighting a strong headwind, was being battered by the waves and was already far away from land. Very early in the morning he came to his disciples, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” They were so frightened they screamed.

Just then Jesus spoke to them, “Be encouraged! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.”

And Jesus said, “Come.”

Then Peter got out of the boat and was walking on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter saw the strong wind, he became frightened. As he began to sink, he shouted, “Lord, rescue me!”

Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him, saying, “You of weak faith! Why did you begin to have doubts?” When they got into the boat, the wind settled down.

Then those in the boat worshipped Jesus and said, “You must be God’s Child!”

Musical Reflection
Experiment in Terror by Henry Mancini

Prayer
by Akanu Ibiam, adapted

O Lord,
we beseech you to deliver us,
from the fear of the unknown future,
from fear of failure,
from fear of poverty,
from fear of sickness and pain,
from fear of age,
and fear of death.
Help us, O God,
by your grace and love.
Fill our hearts with courage
and loving trust in you.
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
I Won’t Be Afraid by Sisyphus


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 Francis Bacon

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Fear on Fire by Ruelle

Poem 1-800-FEAR by Jody Gladding

Poem You are Afraid of the Dark by Kathryn Nuernberger

Musical Reflection Experiment in Terror by Henry Mancini

Prayer by Akanu Ibiam

Lord’s Prayer by Margaret Rolfe

Musical Reflection I Won’t Be Afraid by Sisyphus

Blessing from Celtic Daily Prayer

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