Pentecost +22, Year A

Musical Reflection
Carry Me Out by Mitski


Invocation

God in heaven,
in whose eyes
there are no favourites
only beloved children:
cure our quest
for status symbols;
give us grace
to live as learners
and followers of your word;
through Jesus Christ, who was so we might rise.
Amen.
First Reading

Everything
by Fanny Howe

Infinite nesting
pushes all matter
towards emptiness:
child-nodes,
tree-droppings
with a root element of null.
None is always included
in every cluster
of children.Nothing in nothing
prepares us.

Yet a fresh light was shed
on immortality
for me climbing the stairs

firm foot first.

Everything was in the banister:
crows on branches, crickets,
architects, handsaws and democrats.
Red moon at 3 am

Second Reading
Nothing

by Randall Mann

My mother is scared of the world.
She left my father after forty years.
She was like, Happy anniversary, goodbye;I respect that.
The moon tonight is dazzling, is full
of   itself  but not quite full.

A man should not love the moon, said Milosz.
Not exactly. He translated himself
into saying it. A man should not love translation;

there’s so much I can’t know. An hour ago,
marking time with someone I would like to like,
we passed some trees and there were crickets

(crickets!) chirping right off  Divisadero.
I touched his hand, and for a cold moment
I was like a child again,

nothing more, nothing less.

 
Gospel Reading
Matthew 23:1-12

Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and his disciples, “The legal experts and the Pharisees sit on Moses’s seat. Therefore, you must take care to do everything they say. But don’t do what they do. For they tie together heavy packs that are impossible to carry. They put them on the shoulders of others, but are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. Everything they do, they do to be noticed by others. They make extra-wide prayer bands for their arms and long tassels for their clothes. They love to sit in places of honour at banquets and in the synagogues.They love to be greeted with honour in the markets and to be addressed as ‘Rabbi.’

“But you shouldn’t be called Rabbibecause you have one teacher, and all of you are siblings. Don’t call anybody on earth your Abba, because you have one Abba, who is heavenly. Don’t be called teacherbecause Christ is your one teacher. But the one who is greatest among you will be your servant. All who lift themselves up will be brought low. But all who make themselves low will be lifted up.

 

Musical Reflection
Heavy Love by Serena Ryder

Prayer
by Dadi Janki, adapted

God, fill our hearts with pure energy,
with true love, true peace, and true happiness…
That the feeling upon receiving it is ‘Yes, this is what we
were missing, this is what we were looking for.’
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Abba:
Blessed be your working;
Soon be your appearing;
Done be your desiring.
Our bread provide us;
Our debts forgive us;
From trials free us.
Amen.

 


Blessing

May God give us to drink of God’s cup;
may the sun be bright upon us;
may the night call down peace;
and when we come to God’s household
may the door be open wide
for us to go in to our joy.

And may the blessing of God – the Creator, the Saviour, and the Sanctifier,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

Sources:

Artwork by Juliette Clovis

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Carry Me Out by Mitski

Poem Everything by Fanny Howe

Poem Nothing by Randall Mann

Musical Reflection Heavy Love by Serena Ryder

Prayer by Dadi Janki

Lord’s Prayer from The Covenant of Peace: A Liberation Prayer Book

Musical Reflection One and Only by Adele

Blessing from Celtic Daily Prayer

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