Pentecost +20, Year A

Musical Reflection
Pa Pa Power by Cat Power


Invocation

God of servant rule,
your kindom breaks our tangled webs
where state and church collude
to worship power and trade on fear:
grant us the wit and will
to give what is needed
to you, ourselves, and others;
through Jesus Christ, whose kindom comes.
Amen.
First Reading

Walk On
by Walter Borden 

You must know that you are part of your creator,
And hold within you power to create.
Don’t be afraid to fall
Attempting mankind’s scale,
Perhaps you’re not a singer
You are a song!
You are a note of ringing splendour
In the universal anthem,
Know your sound
Know your sound
You have a life of many pages
To expand the book of ages,
Take a pen, take some ink,
And set it down.
Be sentence, not a word,
Be of self, and not of herd,
It is your right,
You have the choice
To be your spokesman,
With your voice.
Now step outside your cage
And touch tomorrow.

Second Reading
Creation

by Lei Shuyan
translated by Fang Dai, Dennis Ding and Edward Morin

With the scalpel of time
I cut mystic fissures in the brain.

All that has not yet happened
That has already happened
That will happen
Is rippling water within those fissures.

Where no beauty exists I would create beauty.

I shall create a planet
And get it ready to collide with earth.

 
Gospel Reading
Matthew 22:15-22
 

Then the Pharisees met together to find a way to trap Jesus in his words. They sent their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are genuine and that you teach God’s way as it really is. We know that you are not swayed by people’s opinions, because you don’t show favouritism. So tell us what you think: Does the Law allow people to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

Knowing their evil motives, Jesus replied, “Why do you test me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used to pay the tax.” And they brought him a denarion. “Whose image and inscription is this?” he asked.

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

Then he said, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” When they heard this they were astonished, and they departed.

 

Musical Reflection
Have a Little Faith by Jamie N Commons

Prayer of Thanks for the Four Elements
by Tabitha Arnold, adapted

We thank you, God, for the gift of air –
For cool breezes and brisk winds that refresh us,
For blue skies and crystal clear nights,
For the smells of every season—summer and winter, spring and fall.
Most of all, we thank you for the air that gives us life.
You offer your Spirit to us with every breath we take.
May we protect this gift that gives us life.  

Thanks be for water –
That sustains the life of animals, fish, and plants,
That cleans our bodies and blesses our souls.
For the water of tears that wash away our grief,
For the water of slides, lakes, pools, and oceans
where we can play and have fun.
Thanks be for water.
Your water gives us new life.
May we treasure that gift and share it with others.

Thank you for fire and the many ways we can use it –
to cook our food,
to sterilize and purify,
to smelt ore and form metal,
to warm our homes, and
to make the most of the electricity we have.
You light our way and enlighten our minds.
May we be open to the fire of your Spirit.

Thank you for the ground beneath our feet –
Your good earth that gives life to all.
In a mystery we don’t understand,
green plants spring forth from your darkness.
Canyons and mountains, plains and deserts
show us your infinite imagination.
We thank you for this firm foundation
on which to build our homes and our lives.
May we always love this land as you love it.
May we care for this good earth that gives us such good life.

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Holy Presence, your name is truly sacred.
May your vision for the world be realized,
and may your will be done in our lives as it is in heaven.
Provide us with the goodness of food
and remind us to enjoy it mindfully.
Forgive us for the times that we have rushed through life,
not noticing the small miracles around us.
And please forgive those who haven’t had enough time to notice us.
Lead us all into abundant life
in the here-and-now of our lives,
and lead us away from the busyness
that makes us live too far in the past or future.
For the here-and-now Kin-dom,
here-and-now power,
and here-and-now glory are yours this moment and forever. Amen!

 

Musical Reflection
Who By Fire by Leonard Cohen


Saranam (Refuge) Blessing

Creator God,
All that we love
into your keeping.
All that we care for
into your care.
Be with us by day,
be with us by night;
and as dark closes
the eyelids with sleep,
may we waken
to the peace of a new day.

And may the blessing of God – the Parent, the Child, and the Womb,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

Sources:

Artwork by Sally Gabori

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Pa Pa Power by Cat Power

Poem Walk On by Walter Borden

Poem Creation by Lei Shuyan

Musical Reflection Have a Little Faith by Jamie N Commons

Prayer by Tabitha Arnold

Lord’s Prayer by Brian Brandsmeier

Musical Reflection Who By Fire by Leonard Cohen

Blessing from Celtic Daily Prayer

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