Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Prayers: Season of Pentecost 2021

Wednesday in 4 Pentecost, June 23, 2021

Eternal Word who is God, how will my world and life be comprised and constituted with the language of my life today?  How will I manifest myself in language to other language users in the words I speak, the words I write and the words which are scripted in my body language?  Blessed God of Eternal Word, I did not know that I existed before language came to ruling my conscious life and coding all of the details of which I have not the capacity to focus upon at all.  You are watching the "store" of the universe because my two eyes and limited focus tends to but very local seeing.  Through Christ, O God, I salute you as the Chief Language User whose Words created, creates and will continue to create the pleroma of a diverse world.  And I feel lost as but a shard in the kaleidoscope of endless signification whose ultimate signification I confess to be guided by Love.  Amen.

Tuesday in 4 Pentecost, June 22, 2021

O God, in what way will the world present itself today, to me and to all?  Pleasure, pain, agony, ecstasy, hunger, abundance?  Since I can only be where I am, my world awareness is very limited even though I know that all is connected in mysterious mutual inter-causal ways.  Help me to trust my limited perceptual causal acts today as I seek to be directed by love, care and justice so that all of my acts will pay it forward for future good of this world.  Amen.

Monday in 4 Pentecost, June 21, 2021

O God whose steadfast love never ceases with faithfulness to sustain all that is because you have taken an identity with all that is, we ask for grace to comprise our portion of our location within your divine presence, so that we might contribute to better future outcomes and stem evil by overcoming it with the good that you inspire us to do.  Amen.

4 Pentecost, June 20, 2021

God, you have been introduced and portrayed as Father, by Scripture and by Jesus who was uniquely your Son.  We thank you for the witness of fathering which has been done so well within human community that excellent fathering became a fitting personal designation for one who cares for creation even as we creatures are oft willing deniers of coming from divine pedigree because of behaviors which are a misrepresentation of the divine image upon us.  We ask for good fathering within our lives today and we as children ask your aid in becoming worthy of the divine image upon our lives.  Amen.

Saturday in 3 Pentecost, June 19, 2021

O God of the emancipated Hebrews from Egypt; you gave an early witness against the abhorrence of slavery and yet humanity has sinned against you and each other in the demeaning exploitation of owning people as property for economic advantage.  Give us grace to confront the loathsomeness of this practice in our past and the courage to be honest about its lingering effects in the uneven practice of justice for all in our world.  And deliver us from the blasphemy of wittingly or unwittingly associating the God of love with any practice of injustice.  Amen.

 Friday in 3 Pentecost, June 18, 2021

God of freedom, you freed your people from slavery and bondage and brought them onto the path of liberty; and again and again you are calling people to be free people who are in the work of freeing other people from every bond of oppression.  Let the call of freedom continue to bear fruit in the lives of all people, not just by published law and constitution, but in the hearts and the actions of people who are committed to live together well in the highest values of love and justice.  Amen.

Thursday in 3 Pentecost, June 17, 2021

Eternal Word, you have created us as beings who use words as a way of knowing and in using words, we know that we partake of the entire universe of words which is founded by you, Eternal Word who was with God and was God from the beginning, even as we are drawn to confess you poetically, using words.  Amen.

Wednesday in 3 Pentecost, June 16, 2021

O Christ, on the troublesome waters; you calmed the storm and yet we thought that you should calm every storm for everyone all of the time for your calming actions to be universally true, and then we realized that the big troublesome water of death is what you calmed for everyone and so you renamed death as a door, an opening to another life.  Amen.

Tuesday in 3 Pentecost, June 15, 2021

Eternal Word of God, you creatively rewrite the entire world each moment as all that is, is the trace of yesterday becoming today, whose traces will evolve to tomorrow's borrowing of all that has gone before.  We ask that from the traces of what has been that new creative advances will arise to inspire us personally and as a human community to know that love and justice is the best possible way for us to be human.  Amen.

Monday in 3 Pentecost, June 14, 2021

Eternal Word of God, help us to sort out how we use the word of our lives.  Help us to be very literal about justice and hunger and alleviating of pain.  But help us to be poetic in our teaching of the inner language of the heart which pertain to love and faith but do not manifest themselves with obvious literalness.  Forgive us the foolish use of language when we have gotten our body language wrong in the harm of others and bring us to follow the scripts of active love.  Amen.

The Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 13, 2021

O God of renewal, are we like Paul deluded in seeing a new creation while our bodies decline and while our world declines because of our rampant consumption of resources and our poor stewardship of the gift of creation?  Must we relegate hope for healing and repair to merely an interior feeling or can we be converted to creative discovery of a new creation of extended life for those who will live long after us. Let inward hope for the new creation become outward reality in the healing of the life of our planet.  Amen.

 Saturday in 2 Pentecost, June 12, 2021

O Eternal Word of God, you include all linguistic possibility and from your great Word essence we would draw today the words to guide our speaking, writing and our body language as we endeavor to be scripted by the best words of all in living lives of love and justice.  Amen.

Friday in 2 Pentecost, June 11, 2021

O God who came to be called King, Ruler, Sovereign of the universe; such designation does not do you full justice since you are unlike any earthly ruler in that you do not tax or demand loyalty but you winsomely draw us to worship you through the incredible gift of having made all and given all to all that you have made.  You are more than a king because your authority is the drawing power of love.  Amen.

Thursday in 2 Pentecost, June 10, 2021

God of what will yet be, we want the continuous surpassing of the past in the now to be known as hope, the intuition of what is better even in face of what we are losing because of the entropy in time of things which cannot maintain a stable state.  We surrender our false stabilities to you today as we look for the continual sustaining which is a remaking in the present while retaining identity traces of what has been.  And we look forward to what will we yet be even as a fragment of what You will yet Be.  Amen.

Wednesday in 2 Pentecost, June 9, 2021

O God, we can only see through the lenses of our imperfect formation and we confess like Paul that we have not attained to completely successful love and so we only see in part.  We ask that the part that we are seeing will always be consistent with wanting to do justice, love mercy and walking humbly before Divine Plenitude which includes all partial seeing in a great pan-optic Becoming.  Amen.

Tuesday in 2 Pentecost, June 8, 2021

O God of sight and light, help us to enhance our ability to see with qualitative seeing so that we can discern the sub-surface of the divine sublime within the seemingly ordinary, not to exaggerate life as more than it is, but to illuminate life with what it can yet be in surpassing ourselves in the many kinds of excellences which stand before us today.  Amen.

Monday in 2 Pentecost, June 7, 2021

O God who gave us births of wonder before we learned to lose natural joy which adult pettiness, trauma, worry and the lure to artificial pleasures have robbed from us; help us to regain the wonder of our first birth and know the underneath profound memory of natural joy as our continuing rebirth into the wonder of life itself.  Amen.

The Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 6, 2021

Creator God, we ask that your moving Spirit will be a continuous repairing of all of the broken results of misused freedom.  Are we broken and unfixable or are we merely unfinished in cosmic trial and error of sentient life coming finally to learn the grace of living in harmony?  We ask that our oft sense of brokenness could be seen in light of becoming a better and newer creation because we have learned to eschew our errors and run to your winsome perfection of forgiving grace which establishes kindness as best outcome of freedom.  Amen.

Saturday in the Week after Trinity Sunday, June 5, 2021

O Heavenly Parent who asks us to do your will; your will is the expression of the correct use of freedom within the entire field of freedom where the results of the absolute past have left traces what what comprises our present life.  In hope we seek the great possible good for our future so that when we make actual, hopeful goodness, and we can leave for the future, traces of goodness to influence even more future goodness.  Father, Son and Holy Spirit, give us grace to propagate the good will in events of love and justice today.  Amen.

Friday in the Week after Trinity Sunday, June 4, 2021

O One, who lures us toward the incarnation of love and justice in our speech and bodily language acts; Give us spiritual grace and power to contribute to the creative advance of love and justice in our world today, and let the horror of the unforgivable deeds in life motivate an avoidance of the same even while we build structures of overcoming evil with good.  Amen.

Thursday in the Week after Trinity Sunday, June 3, 2021

God of Freedom, such freedom implies that you have choices, best choices and best practices for us to follow in this world of vast freedom.  Your Son taught us to seek your best choices for our lives, the will of God and as we can seem lost amid all of the choices which need to be made, let us assess our choices by the standards of love and justice exemplified by the life our your Son Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Wednesday in the Week after Trinity Sunday, June 2, 2021

Loving God, we tremble that the words of Jesus referred to an unforgivable sin against the Spirit when people called the spiritual healings done by Jesus evil.  We know that the effects of evil ripple forever in the realm of freedom and continue to return through repression and future events of the same.  We beseech you to forgive the ignorance of those who act with evil but only through enlightened wisdom which can bring repentance, amendment of life and reparations toward the main spiritual calling of humanity in the field of freedom, to overcome evil with good.  Amen.

Tuesday in the Week after Trinity Sunday, June 1, 2021
God of love and justice and hope, we know that to be loving and just requires courage because not everyone is ready for love and justice to be universally practiced. Forgive us when we limit love and justice to our familiar and favorite community of people and when we are blind or fearful about seeking justice for those beyond our circle. And let us never think that the work of love and justice is finished. Amen.

Monday, in the week of Trinity Sunday, May 31, 2021 (Memorial Day, 2021)
Gracious God, in our human failure to love, we have set ourselves against each other in myriads of ways thinking that war is the only solution to such disagreements among people. We have set standards for just wars and we have ask some to take oaths of protecting us to the point of their sacrificial deaths. And some have had to fulfill their calling to their own deaths on the behalf of those whom they protect. Bless the sacrifice of the fallen and may we still hold the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross as the only last needed sacrifice. Let the standard of being living sacrifices still inspire us to end war, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Trinity Sunday, May 30, 2021
O Godhead of ultimate creative ministry, sometimes we need your parental nurture when we are vulnerable children; sometimes we need the model of you being exemplary human being, and we ever need to know an internal glue of connection as time expands the occasions of becoming and we need to know that such expansions in time will not destroy us but only alter us toward the possibility of what is well toward a better Goodness when Freedom is made our best friend. Amen.

Saturday in the week after Pentecost, May 29, 2021
Almighty God, we call forth your aid and assistance in three dynamic modes to apply to our lives, first parental tenderly care for the nurturing of our child aspect of personality which retains our unremembered first birth and manifests again through divine loving lure a conscious renewal of continuing natal spiritual refreshment. We need you as our adult sibling Jesus to set our minds with strategies for best appropriate living for each of our life contexts. And finally we need an aspect of ourselves which is a clean heart and renewed right spirit and so we ask for the Holy Spirit to be the deepest interior grounding of our lives to help us tolerate our lives and our conditions as we work out our salvation with fear and trembling with faith that we have that the fullness of Godhead is working in and for us. Amen.

Friday in the week after Pentecost, May 28, 2021
Holy Trinity, we may try to avoid you because we have known the weakness of those who represent parenting, childhood and disunifying spirit events. And where our language and inadequacy of human analogy fail, we cannot avoid You as the full Absolute Past from which we came, we cannot avoid using words in a manner whereby we accept them as a valid way of knowing you because of the eternal Word Christ, and we cannot avoid you as filling our environment with mysterious Presence such that we can experience each other with a mysterious conductivity which we honor as Holy Spirit. Since we cannot avoid you, O Trinity, we wish to be caught up in your Interior Fellowship of Love. Amen.

Thursday in the week after Pentecost, May 27, 2021
God, who has created the vast tapestry of life, too often we can only see the backside of Life's tapestry with the seeming chaotic tangle of threads in random disarray. We thank you that you give us moments to see the front side of Life's tapestry to see the purposeful beauty of how the harmony of differences gives us the aesthetic vision of Oneness and we confess that you have made all things well and that your Spirit is still weaving the tapestry of today for us. Amen.

Wednesday in the week after Pentecost, May 26, 2021
O God, with whom all things are possible, we present to you today our impossibles, especially the great gap between the Holy Spirit as Unity and the experience in our local situations of the conflict of diversities compounded by individual egos at the center of individual perceptual universes. We live is a world of so many versions of reality, we wonder if the Spirit can be the magician to bring unity except in intermittent and sporadic serendipitous experience. Can unity prevail, O Holy Spirit, or must unity accept the freedom of the perpetual clash of diverse beings? Holy Spirit, weaver of the diverse fabrics of the Quilt of Time, can the aesthetic whole Quilt be perceived with a beauty which blends the ugly and painful events into a meaningful reconciled whole? And does ultimate reconciliation of all minimize the pain and suffering in the particular event? And can anyone, minimize the pain of other people for them even if one comes to reconciliation about one's own pain? Holy Spirit of the impossible and of contradictions, your continued becoming what has been is also an integration of all that has been, and in faith we trust your integration of all that has been. Amen.

Tuesday in the week after Pentecost, May 25, 2021
Holy Spirit, from you we experience the esprit de corps of the entire created order. In you we can recognize that we are a community of interrelated and connected beings and to know you is to learn not just that we are connected but to learn in wisdom how we best can live our connectedness with all things, especially with God and all people on whom the image of Christ can be found. Amen.

Monday in the week after Pentecost, May 24, 2021
Holy Spirit of God, we applaud you for the sameness of things over time even as we recognize your inspiration for the differences over time. In you we retain all of the traces of an absolute past even as in you make the past the womb for the birth of the new moments of what will be different from what has happened before. And we confess today that where there is life there is Spirit and we want to dress you O Spirit with the finest presentation of love and justice today. Amen.

The Day of Pentecost, May 23, 2021
Come Holy Spirit, and comprise within us the script of how we should be and live; but don't stop with letting us know how we should live, empower us with the gifts to do what we need to do and when we need to do what is right and we shall credit you for what is good about us in what we do and say. You are our divine connection with everything now, everything past and everything future and let this divine connection be known as love today. Amen.

Aphorism of the Day, June 2021

Aphorism of the Day, June 23, 2021

The writer of the Wisdom of Solomon wrote that God did not create death.  But did God create the conditions of freedom where death was a possibility that could become actual within the lives of human language users who came to label death as a cessation of life as it was known among those who continued to live?  The notion of freedom and perpetual becoming means that death or ending of any state of being is but transitional moments.  What makes human death experience so poignant are the many many experiences of projected desire on a person suddenly coming to an end and one loses the ability to project desire upon a favorite.  The loss of the "future" of a person in one's life in the custom modes of relationship is what defines human death.  God's creation assumes relationships and relationship can never end; only be re-comprised in time in different modes of states of being.  The resurrection is the belief of a re-comprised person in the post-death state, absent in the body but present with the Lord, as Paul wrote.

Aphorism of the Day, June 22, 2021

Jesus is presented as one who does not "promote" his own acts of wonders.  He often does something fantastic and tells the recipients, "Don't tell anyone about this?"  And people mostly disobeyed.  How could you keep good news silent?  Scholars think that this "secrecy" is an addition by Gospel writers to explain why Jesus was not more popular in his own time having done such spectacular things, but also as a way of indicating a notion of God's timing in the unfolding of the events in the life of Jesus.  If his fame was too soon, he would have attracted attention of his foes and hastened the timing of the events of his life.

Aphorism of the Day, June 21, 2021

The past events in the traces of community memory cannot be exact reproductions in the present; they become teaching tropes and they become something else when imbued with current events relevance and with elation of hopeful outcome.  The Gospels are literatures of post-resurrection outcomes high on the hope of walking in heaven and being seated with Christ in heavenly places before one is actually there.  The presentation of the healing ministry of Jesus is a presentation of the as if resurrected Christ with us making everything right and it functions as a coping method in face of the obvious, namely people get sick and die.

Aphorism of the Day, June 20, 2021

If God is beyond all gender designation, God can also be within all designations as a metaphor of preference for presentation of superlative value.  It does happen that human fathers can exemplify the better angels of human behavior to become eligible as a personal metaphor for God.  One could hope that Joseph was such a model father for Jesus that Jesus found the "father metaphor" the highest form of expression for his relationship with his heavenly parent.  We can be grateful for knowing God as the greatest Father, about whom no one greater can be conceived.

Aphorism of the Day, June 19, 2021

The declaration of emancipation from slavery is a great event to observe.  The event of the Exodus is about God's direct intervention to bring persons out of slavery.  Unfortunately, God only seems to work directly in the ancient pre-historic past but the point of such presentation is to model that God desires emancipation.  We are now working on the aftermath of emancipation in becoming our better angels to remove and repair all of the lingering effects of slavery without denial because of how absolutely loathsome slavery was.  We cannot deny the lingering social effects of slavery on Black persons by retreating to extreme individualism of saying it is every man and woman for himself/herself, now that slavery is over.  Equal justice under the law as actual practice of a society is what emancipation needs to mean.

 Aphorism of the Day, June 18, 2021

When narratives of the past are recounted in the present, they have already become figurative, symbolic, instructive tropes and rob of significant connection to any original contexts.  The apostles and disciples in the early communities responsible for generating the Gospels were oracles in translating the memory of Jesus into appropriate instruction for later and new contexts.  Contexts cannot be "frozen" as they were, even in language because language is a living force.

Aphorism of the Day, June 17, 2021

"Jesus, how can you sleep through the storm and the waters which threaten to swamp our boat?"  Threatening water is the possibility of death by drowning and in the symbolism of "immersion" in the waters of baptism, one dies with Christ and then rises with him which one comes out of the water.  Does God seemingly "sleep" through the freedom of death to happen to us all or does invite us through Jesus to the possibility of rising after death?  Is death calmed?  Is its sting removed?  The faith program of the early church was to live with faith now because one has hope that the "death" issue has been dealt with.

Aphorism of the Day, June 16, 2021

A categorical imperative is wanting that something so winsomely right be a universal maxim.  Jesus calmed the stormy seas.  Wouldn't it be a wonderful maxim if Jesus calmed everyone's stormy sea all of the time.  When that doesn't happen, one is forced into the poetics of admitting that that the big Sea of Life is Death.  The resurrected Christ "calmed" death for everyone, all of the time and one can begin to understand the poetic teaching insights of Gospel stories.  They are not "literal" events requiring categorical imperative status to be true, rather they point us to the outcome of having faith in face of what will happen to all, i.e, death.

Aphorism of the Day, June 15, 2021

It may not be our first impulse to read a Gospel story as encoding a teaching or a theology of the early church.  As individual persons trained in "me and my Bible" ways, and steeped in notions of "individual" salvation, we perhaps are not inclined to appreciate how the Scriptures are built through community for the community.  Yes, it is wonderful to connect our individual stories with biblical figures but the actual information about the people is so sparse that we often may project too much on them as "totemic" figures of identity.  This is acceptable projective devotional reading but such individual insights should not override the grander theological messages encoded within the narratives.

Aphorism of the Day, June 14, 2021

When we read about specific disciples in the Gospels, we often read the Gospel in a personal mode.  Jesus calmed the sea in the boat of the disciple fishermen.  So the logic goes, if Jesus calmed the storm for Peter, then Jesus could calm every storm for everyone.  But hurricanes and tsunamis have been harrassing and killing people quite often.  Why does not Jesus calm the storms for others and only for the selective few?  However if one reads the Gospels as the theological statement of the church decades after Jesus is no longer seen, one understands the programmatic teaching in the Jesus story, namely, the big storm of life is death and in the resurrection Jesus calms death, not by eliminating it but surpassing it.  And he does not just do it selectively for a few disciples; he does it for anyone/everyone.

Aphorism of the Day, June 13, 2021

St. Paul believed that he did the impossible when he wrote, "from now on we regard no one from a human point of view."  How did St. Paul escape a human point of view?  He regarded himself as inwardly and spiritually altered so that as he said, he had the mind of Christ and the Spirit of God.  He believed that he had access to the way in which Christ and the Holy Spirit saw things.  Seeing a new creation is what Paul called his altered state of seeing.

Aphorism of the Day, June 12, 2021

"We walk by faith, not by sight...." wrote St. Paul.  Such would seem to be a discounting of the empirical method of commonsense and science.  But Paul did not write, "I walk only by faith, and not by sight at all."  Paul was stating the obvious regarding the use of different discourses for matters of the heart as opposed to matters of natural laws and commonsense.  It is silly to pit faith discourse against scientific discourse as if one cannot be a poet or aesthete and a scientist at the same time.  We are linguistically complex people and with words we are highly nuanced and yet the ignorant speak as if we reside in simplistic either/or tropes.

Aphorism of the Day, June 11, 2021

When "monarchies" came to the Bible, King became a metaphor for God, who was presented as the central and all-powerful being of the universe on whom all attention was to be focused.  But God as an invisible king had to be known within the divine realm by the effects in the created order of divine reality and greatness.  Jesus was not an earthly king; he was a completely ironic king in his contrast with earthly kings like David and the Caesar.  His self-effacing kingship was like the invisible kingship of God.  Many of the teachings of Jesus in parables were about this "realm or kingdom" of God, which was easy to miss because it seemed so obvious that the Caesar was the king who was in charge.

Aphorism of the Day, June 10, 2021

Biblical writers appropriated metaphors.  We are told by Samuel that God was against having kings but God allowed Israel to have kings.  What happened?  King became a metaphor for God who was referred to as King of gods and King of Israel.  And then king as messiah became appropriated for the dream-king for apocalyptic intervention.  The notion of Jesus as a visible king had to be delayed into the future, even while the core of the message of the Jesus sayings pertained to perception of God's kingdom or realm as an always/already reality of living.

Aphorism of the Day, June 9, 2021

In the op art pictures like the duck/rabbit picture, what is it within a person which allows one to see either the duck, the rabbit or the assumption that one is seeing both but only with sequential focus?  We see from the inside through the language grids which have come to constitute our lenses and so seeing is always an interior thing.  Writ large in our politics, some religious people may view a political leader as God's messiah while others regard the same person as a lying anti-Christly person.  The insides of the people with such antithetical interpretive seeing is an indication of how persons have been forming their interior selves through their input and influences.  Ironically, both kinds of seeing use the Bible to justify their seeing?  What would be the "outside" arbitrar for such diverse biblical see?  Truth, justice, evidence of kind words would be a start.

Aphorism of the Day, June 8, 2021

The New Testament is about seeing, that we can see and how we see things.  The most important factors in seeing is sight and light.  Sight is one of the five senses, so those who are not blind have sight.  But how do we see?  Impressionist painters painted in a way that indicated they were seeing things different than the painters who presented "mirror images" of their subjects.  The biblical writings include sayings about seeing as God see, seeing the heart or interior or sub-surface phenomenon.  Paul spoke of spiritual seeing and contrasted this with mere "human seeing."  The word of Jesus to Nicodemus indicated that he could not pierce the "kingdom of God" paradigm without being born from above or being born of water and the Spirit.  How one sees is based upon the taxonomical grid of word lenses which constitute how one characterizes one's life experience.  One's lenses are informed by how one comes into the definitions of what happens to oneself.  How we appropriate our experience and integrate it in preparation for future seeing is the life process of learning how we see things.  Perceiving or seeing the realm of God is the seeing through faith which tinges mere physical sight with moral and value imperatives.

Aphorism of the Day, June 7, 2021

The kingdom or realm of God is a way of seeing in a distinctive recognizing way of the sublimity of God seemingly hidden in what we think is so ordinary.  One parable of Jesus indicates that the kingdom of God is so obvious like the growth of a plant that it can be missed because it is too obvious.  We are so used to artificial "entertainment" that we miss the wonder buried in the banality of the sublime.  Artificial "entertainment" is based upon the notion that the stuff of life itself does not have within it the capacity to evoke wonder for what it is and the Plenitude within which it dwells.

Aphorism of the Day, June 6, 2021

The forgiveness of sin can be confusing since this is does not indicate the "direct" object of the forgiving one.  The direct object of forgiveness is a person who is forgiven his or her commission of a sin.  So, the sin is not forgiven; rather the person who does the sinning is forgiven.  One might wish that God's forgiveness could mitigate the results of misdeeds and wrongs in this world, but the plain of freedom has an absolute memory because the past is absolute in that it happened and thus each occasion became a brick in the wall of all subsequent occasions of occurrence.  For a person to remain unforgiven, it would mean that a person would fail to qualify in the conditions of realizing guilt, confessing it and asking for mercy.  The unforgiven person is the one who does not believe that he or she needs mercy.  It is a state of egotism which says, "I am made to do what I want, unapologetically." 

 Aphorism of the Day, June 5, 2021

"Who are members of my family?" asked Jesus rhetorically and followed by his answer, "the ones who do the will of my Father."  The "will" of God can seem to be so vague as to defy precise interpretation even when one qualifies it by saying to occupy oneself with mercy, love, and justice.  And these great virtues also are vague and so one never escapes the task of making them concretely applied within the sometimes "messy" experience of one's life.  We can be "wowed" by the "Will of God" and what it requires but we have to then do the work of application in our lives.  Our failures at application provide plenty of reasons for natural humility necessitating our need for grace as we "try again and again" at the never ending work of God's will of love and justice.  The experience of grace means that we integrate our failures into the process of becoming more just and loving.

Aphorism of the Day, June 4, 2021

To say that something is unforgivable is a teaching point regarding a behavior which should be interdicted and not perpetuated.  The unforgivable sins should elicit this teaching lesson:  Don't ever be like this!  Don't be like Hitler or Stalin or Pol Pot or slave owners.  The unforgivable is a force of devolution and not evolution with the creative advance of God's Spirit toward love and justice and higher harmonies.  For freedom to be freedom, the unforgivable is permissible but not beneficial to composite creative advance.  It's only lesson is the negative injunction:  Don't be like that.

Aphorism of the Day, June 3, 2021

The family of Jesus had a new genetic code.  What made one a member of the family of Jesus?  Flesh and blood, genetic relationship?  No, it was doing the will of God.  Doing God's will assumes that among the vast freedom which face the human community there are some free choices which are the higher choices.  Such choices are the will of God, and if that is too vague, one might further qualify such choices as those which promote love and justice.

Aphorism of the Day, June 2, 2021

Jesus spoke about an unforgivable sin against the Holy Spirit.   Some unforgivable sins are still happening of the spiritual kind, like calling evil, good and good, evil.  Every people are heirs of some unforgivable social sins in particularly the Holocaust and the horrendous massacres and genocides which were inflicted upon people by people with power to do such mass killings.  The practice of slavery as the diminishment of the people bearing God's image for the purpose of economic gain was also an unforgivable sin.  That evil oppression was valorized for "economic" good, surely was a sin again the "Spirit."  There are things done which are unforgivable as long as one is in the realm of the living.  Unforgivable is one of the most severe pronouncement we that we can make on the violation of the image of a loving God within the creatures of this world.

Aphorism of the Day, June 1, 2021

The reputation of Jesus was so controversial that some of his family felt that an intervention, as if they thought to "shut him up" or stop his ministry.  He was called both mad and in "league with Satan" to do his "people whispering."  This prompted a reply from Jesus about who was his family: "those who do the will of God."

Quiz of the Day, June 2021

Quiz of the Day, June 23, 2021

Ebenezer is the name of what?

a. a shrine
b. a stone
c. a mountain
d. a spring

Quiz of the Day, June 22, 2021

What famous Rabbi is asked for an opinion in the Book of the Acts of the Apostle?

a. Hillel
b. Shammai
c. Caiaphas
d. Gamaliel

 Quiz of the Day, June 21, 2021

What happened to the people who stole the "Ark of the Covenant?"

a. they died
b. they were stricken with tumors
c. their firstborn children died
d. all their livestock died

Quiz of the Day, June 20, 2021

What does the name "Ichabod" mean?

a. God's glory leaving due to the death of the high priest
b. God's glory leaving due to the failure of those in priesthood
c. God's glory leaving due to the loss of the ark of the covenant
d. God's glory leaving due the the transfer of leadership, Eli to Samuel

Quiz of the Day, June 19, 2021

Which enemy of Israel captured the Ark of the Covenant?

a. the Perizzites
b. the Assyrians
c. the Babylonians
d. the Philistines

Quiz of the Day, June 18, 2021

Who said to God, "Speak Lord, for your servant is listening?"

a. Samuel
b. Elijah
c. Jeremiah
d. Isaiah

Quiz of the Day, June 17, 2021

Of the following, who was known for his critique of "Deism?"

a. F. D. Maurice
b. C. S. Lewis
c. Joseph Butler
d. George Berkeley

Quiz of the Day, June 16, 2021

Which of the following is not true about Eli?

a. he was a High Priest
b. he was a Judge
c. He served in the Tent Shrine in Shiloh
d. He served in the Temple in Jerusalem

Quiz of the Day, June 15, 2021

Of the following, who wrote a book entitled, "Mysticism?"

a. Margery Kempe
b. Julian of Norwich
c. Thomas Traherne
d. Evelyn Underhill

Quiz of the Day, June 14, 2021

Which woman of the Bible does not have a canticle?

a. Mary
b. Hannah
c. Deborah
d. Ruth
e. Miriam

Quiz of the Day, June 13, 2021

The word messiah comes from a Hebrew word which means what?

a. to enthrone
b. to invest
c. to anoint
d. to exalt

Quiz of the Day, June 12, 2021

For whom did the sun stand still?

a. Moses
b. Noah
c. Joshua
d. David

Quiz of the Day, June 11, 2021

Who was the companion to St. Paul whose "former" name was Joseph?

a. Silas
b. Titus
c. Timothy
d. Barnabas

Quiz of the Day, June 10, 2021

Of the following, who had an out of the body experience?

a. Peter
b. Elijah
c. Moses
d. Paul

Quiz of the Day, June 9, 2021

Where is wine referred to as the "blood of grapes?"

a. words of Jesus
b. words of Paul
c. Psalmist poetry
d. Deuteronomy

Quiz of the Day, June 8, 2021

Zacchaeus the tax collector is found in which Gospel?

a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John

Quiz of the Day, June 7, 2021

King David married a woman with the same name as his sister and her name was

a. Maacha
b. Bathsheba
c. Abigail
d. Haggith

Quiz of the Day, June 6, 2021

In the Book of Revelation, who slays the dragon?

a. George
b. Michael
c. Jesus
d. The army of martyrs

Quiz of the Day, June 5, 2021

What saint is associated with the Donar's Oak tree?

a. Wilfred
b. Willibrord
c. Anskar
d. Boniface

Quiz of the Day, June 4, 2021

Which Pope convened Vatican II and brought about the use of native languages for the the liturgy instead of Latin-only Masses?

a. Pius XII
b. John Paul I
c. John XXIII
d. Benedict XVI

Quiz of the Day, June 3, 2021

Of the following, which man was both an Episcopal bishop and Confederate General?

a. Stonewall Jackson
b. Leonidas Polk
c. Robert E. Lee
d. J.E.B. Stuart

Quiz of the Day, June 2, 2021

According to Deuteronomy, what was the people of Israel to do with family members who enticed them to worship other gods?

a. execute them by stoning
b. send them away
c. imprison them
d. try to convert them from their error

Quiz of the Day, June 1, 2021

The "enlightened" Marcus Aurelius persecuted Christians.  Of the following, who want not a martyr during his reign?

a. Justin Martyr
b. Polycarp
c. Felicitas
d. Lucy

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Sunday School, June 27, 2021 5 Pentecost, Cycle B, Proper 8

 Sunday School, June 27, 2021  5 Pentecost, Cycle B, Proper 8

The themes of sickness and death are not always easy to present to children
It is important to teach children that faith is learning the ability to live with life as it happens
Certainly we do all we can to prevent unpleasant events of loss and pain.

Question: What is the best thing about falling and scraping one’s knee?
The best thing about scraping one’s knee is to have mom or dad or a person with us to comfort us and to give us some first aid.
A child might say, “I wish I hadn’t fallen and scraped my knee” but such a wish could not prevent it.

All bad things in life cannot be prevent; so the best thing that can happen in a bad event is to have people with us to help us.

The Bible Stories are about being honest about bad things like the loss of health and the loss of someone’s life.
The Gospel is about having the present of Christ with us at the times of our sickness and at the time of death.
With the resurrection of Christ we believe that God cured death in allowing us to live again in a new way and because we know this, we don’t have to live in fear of loss and pain.

One can teach about one of the sacraments of the Church:  The prayer for the sick
Everyone experiences sickness and varieties of pain in their life.  The church believes that sickness is a time to be together with the support of our Christian family and to pray for the sick and ask Christ to be present with us during the time of sickness.

This sacrament, the prayer for the sick is given to us to draw us together to support each other in very special ways during the time when one of us is sick.

Puppet Show on the Gospel Lesson

Puppet Show Musical Extravaganza

Faith, Health and Life

Puppet 1:  Our puppet extravaganza from Puppet Camp is called, Faith, Health and Life.  And Faith begins in believing that this world was made and belongs to God.

Song: (all sing)  Tune: This Land is your land, this land is my land.

This world is God’s world, this world is God’s world.  From Morgan Hill to the farthest star.

This world is God’s world, this world is God’s world. God made this world for you and me.

Puppet 2:  Can everyone say “Salvation?”  Salvation is a very important word.  Salvation can mean that God’s preserves or saves us even after we die.  Or Salvation while we live is called health.  How many of you like health?

All Puppets:  We like to be healthy! We don’t like to be sick!

Song: We don’t like to be sick  (tune, If You’re Happy and You Know It)

We don’t like to be sick, no we don’t.  We don’t like to be sick no we don’t.  We don’t like to be sick, we don’t like to be sick.  We don’t like to be sick.  No we don’t

(puppet shaking their heads no as they sing)

Puppet 3: God takes care of our afterlife because God promises us eternal life.  Eternal life is another kind of health.  It is salvation.

Puppet 4: There are many stories in the Gospels about Jesus healing people.  Jesus taught and healed in a place called Galilee.  There was a big lake called the Sea of Galilee

Song:  We’re off to Galilee  (Farmer in the Dell tune)

We off to Galilee, We’re off to Galilee.  Jesus is there, Jesus is there, we’re off to Galilee.

Puppet 5: Jesus got out of a boat on the seashore of the Sea of Galilee.  He was with his disciples and a very worried father named Jairus was there to meet him.

Puppet Jairus:  Jesus, Jesus!  I need your help.  My daughter is so sick that I think that she is going to die.  Come and bless her and pray for her so that can get better.

Jesus: Jairus: I will go with you to see your daughter.

Song: O Lord hear our prayer  (Taize, O Lord Hear My Prayer)

O Lord hear my prayer, O Lord hear my prayer.  When I call, answer me.  O Lord hear my prayer, O Lord hear my prayer.  Come and listen to me.

Puppet 6: Jairus did the right thing.  When he had a problem he came and asked Jesus for help.  We should pray and ask Jesus for help in our lives too.  Do you agree?

All Puppets: Yes, we should pray to Jesus.

(On the way to Jairus’ house, a crowd is following closely)

Suddenly Jesus stopped:

Jesus:  Who touched me?

Disciple John:  Jesus, lots of people are touching you.  So many people are crowding around you.

Jesus:  I felt some healing power go out of me to one person.  Who touched me?

Shy woman:  O, Jesus, it was I who touched you.  I am so sorry.  I have been in pain for so long and I have heard so much about you and I did not want to bother you.  I thought that if I could just touch you then I would have a chance to get better.

Jesus:  My friend, I’m not angry with you for touching me.  I honor your faith.  I am glad that you still have hope even when you were sick.  I am glad that you acted upon your hope and came to me.  You are a good example to everyone.  Whether we are sick or well, it is good to have faith.

Shy woman:  Thank you, Jesus.  I can already feel that my body is healed.

Song:  I touched Him   (Tune: He Touched Me, Bill Gaither)

 Refrain:  I touched him.  O I touched him.  And O what health came to me.  I touched Jesus and now I’m well.  O, I touched him and He made me well.

Puppet 6: I hear bad news.

Puppet 7:  What kind of bad news?

Puppet 8:  It is very sad new?

Puppet 9:  What kind of sad news?

Puppet 10:  Jesus does not have to come to the home of Jairus now.

Puppet 11:  Why, what’s happened?

Puppet 12: The daughter of Jairus has died!  Everyone is sad and everyone is crying.  What can Jesus do now?

Puppet 13: Jesus, what will you do?

Jesus:  If you have energy to have fear, you can take that same energy and have faith.  Just have faith and good things will happen.

Song: We’ve got faith like a River   (tune, I’ve Got Peace Like a River)

We’ve got faith like a river, we’ve got faith like a river, we’ve got faith like a river in our souls.  We’ve got faith like a river, we’ve faith like a river, we’ve got faith like a river in our souls.

Peter: Jesus, I’ll go with you into the house of Jairus.

James: I will go with you too.  I want to help in anyway that I can. 

John:  Jairus is my friend and I want to comfort him.  I’ll go with you Jesus.

All the puppets at the house of Jairus:

Puppets: All are moaning and crying….”Oh the girl has died.  The girl has died.”

Jesus:   Why are you crying so much?  The girl is not dead; she is only sleeping.

Puppets:  (laughing)….

Puppet 14:  Jesus, we know when someone is dead.  Go and see the girl and you’ll see that she is dead.

(Jesus and the Three disciples go into the house  where the girl is lying on a bed)
Jesus goes up to the girl and speaks in Aramaic

Jesus: Talitha cum.  Little girl get up.

Song: Talitha Cum  (tune: God is so Good)

Talitha Cum.  Talitha Cum.  O little girl, Arise, Get up!

(Sing three times)

Little Girl Rachel:  (awakens)  O  Daddy!  What has happened?  I can’t remember anything?  I think that I’ve been in a deep, deep sleep.

Jairus:  Rachel, you are awake and well.  Jesus came and he made you well again.  We are very thankful for Jesus.  He is a great doctor and healer.

Jesus: Please get Rachel something to eat.  I’m sure that she must be very hungry after such a long sleep.

Song:  The Lord Is My Health   (tune:  Taize, The Lord Is My Light)

The Lord is my health.  My health and salvation.  In him I trust, in him I trust.

(Sung three times)

Puppet 14:  What did we learn today?

Puppet 15: We learned to go to Jesus when we have a problem in life.  So when we are sick we pray to Jesus to help us get better.

Puppet 16:  We learned that it is important to have faith.  Faith means that we can believe in God’s goodness and love even when we have a difficult problem.

Puppet 17:  We learned that Jesus wants to restore people to good health.  Let us all say, “Thank you Doctor Jesus!”  Amen.


  How many of you like stories?  You like to read stories because they are fun.  But something else happens when you read a story.  You learn something even when you don’t know that you are learning something.

  What do you learn in the story of Cinderella?  One thing you learn is never to lose hope, even when it seems that some sad things are happening.  Never lose hope.

  What do you learn in the super hero stories?  About Batman, Spiderman, and Superman?  We can learn that is very important to fight and struggle against evil and against people who want to hurt others.  It is important to work for fairness and honesty.

  So even when you are enjoying a story, you are really secretly learning some very important lessons.

  Jesus used to tell stories and within those stories, he would hide some very important lessons for his friends to learn.

  And his disciples learned many things from Jesus.  They learned to tell stories too.  They learn to tell stories about Jesus and within those wonderful stories they hid some very important messages.

  Today we have read a story about Jesus bringing a little girl back to life. And in this story we have a very important lesson.

  After Jesus had died, his friends still believed that Jesus was with them.  They believed that the Spirit of Jesus was still with them.  And when other people became aware of the Spirit of Jesus, their lives changed.  They felt like they had been born again.  They felt like they were like young children all over again.  They felt like they had hope and joy and happiness.  They felt like they had been brought back to life, just like the little girl in the story.

  And that is what the friends of Jesus were trying to teach when they wrote the stories about Jesus.  To know that the spirit of Jesus is so close within us, is to feel like we have awaken from a long, long sleep and to receive back our lives, the lives that we felt when we were young, young children.

  Jesus said to his follower that they needed to be childlike to understand his kingdom.  They had to receive his kingdom like a young child.  And he also said that the kingdom of heaven belonged to children.

  Since many of you are children you have an advantage over us adults.  Sometimes we adults, forget and lose our understanding of God’s kingdom.  That is why…our little girl…our little boy within us needs to come to life again.  So do you see the teaching about coming back to life is hidden within this story about Jesus?

  Jesus wants us always to keep something that we have as children.  We have joy and wonder.  And if we keep that joy and wonder, we will be able to know that we live in the kingdom of heaven.  Amen.

Inter generational Family Service with Holy Eucharist
June 27, 2021: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Gathering Songs: Hallelu, Hallelujah; Jesus Loves Me; Seek Ye First; America

Song: Hallelu, Hallelujah   (Christian Children’s Songbook, # 84)
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah, Praise ye the Lord. 
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah, Praise ye the Lord. 
Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah, Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah. 
Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah, Praise ye the Lord.

Liturgist: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
People: And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever.  Amen.

Liturgist:  Oh God, Our hearts are open to you.
And you know us and we can hide nothing from you.
Prepare our hearts and our minds to love you and worship you.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Liturgist:         The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.

Liturgist:  Let us pray
Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Litany Phrase: Alleluia (chanted)

O God, you are Great!  Alleluia
O God, you have made us! Alleluia
O God, you have made yourself known to us!  Alleluia
O God, you have provided us with us a Savior!  Alleluia
O God, you have given us a Christian family!  Alleluia
O God, you have forgiven our sins!  Alleluia
O God, you brought your Son Jesus back from the dead!  Alleluia

A reading from the Book of Lamentations
This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him." The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

Liturgist: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God

Liturgist: Let us read together from Psalm 130

For there is forgiveness with you; * therefore you shall be feared.
I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; * in his word is my hope.
My soul waits for the LORD, more than watchmen for the morning, * more than watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, wait for the LORD, * for with the LORD there is mercy;

Litany Phrase: Thanks be to God! (chanted)

For the good earth, for our food and clothing. Thanks be to God!
For our families and friends. Thanks be to God!
For the talents and gifts that you have given to us. Thanks be to God!
For this day of worship. Thanks be to God!
For health and for a good night’s sleep. Thanks be to God!
For work and for play. Thanks be to God!
For teaching and for learning. Thanks be to God!
For the happy events of our lives. Thanks be to God!
For the celebration of the birthdays and anniversaries of our friends and parish family.
   Thanks be to God!

Liturgist:         The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live." He went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, "If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well." Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my clothes?" And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, `Who touched me?'" He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."
While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader's house to say, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?" But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe." He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha cum," which means, "Little girl, get up!" And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Liturgist:         The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Children’s Creed

We did not make ourselves, so we believe that God the Father is the maker of the world.
Since God is so great and we are so small,
We believe God came into our world and was born as Jesus, son of the Virgin Mary.
We need God’s help and we believe that God saved us by the life, death and
     resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We believe that God is present with us now as the Holy Spirit.
We believe that we are baptized into God’s family the Church where everyone is
We believe that Christ is kind and fair.
We believe that we have a future in knowing Jesus Christ.
And since we all must die, we believe that God will preserve us forever.  Amen.

Litany Phrase: Christ, have mercy. (chanted)

For fighting and war to cease in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For peace on earth and good will towards all. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety of all who travel. Christ, have mercy.
For jobs for all who need them. Christ, have mercy.
For care of those who are growing old. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety, health and nutrition of all the children in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For the well-being of our families and friends. Christ, have mercy.
For the good health of those we know to be ill. Christ, have mercy.
For the remembrance of those who have died. Christ, have mercy.
For the forgiveness of all of our sins. Christ, have mercy.

Liturgist:         The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:            And also with you.

Song during the preparation of the Altar and the receiving of an offering.

Song: Jesus Loves Me This I Know (All the Best Songs for Kids, # 54)
Jesus loves me! This I know, For the Bible tells me so.  Little ones to Him belong; they are weak but He is strong.  Yes, Jesus loves me.  Yes, Jesus loves me.  Yes, Jesus loves me.  The Bible tells me so.
Jesus loves me!  He who died!  Heaven’s gates to open wide.  He will wash away my sin, Let His little child come in. Yes, Jesus loves me.  Yes, Jesus loves me.  Yes, Jesus loves me.  The Bible tells me so.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Prologue to the Eucharist
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, for to them belong the kingdom of heaven.”
All become members of a family by birth or adoption.
Baptism is a celebration of birth into the family of God.
A family meal gathers and sustains each human family.
The Holy Eucharist is the special meal that Jesus gave to his friends to keep us together as the family of Christ.

The Lord be with you
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

It is very good and right to give thanks, because God made us, Jesus redeemed us and the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts.  Therefore with Angels and Archangels and all of the world that we see and don’t see, we forever sing this hymn of praise:

Holy, Holy, Holy (Intoned)
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and Might.  Heav’n and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the Highest.

Children may gather around the altar
Our grateful praise we offer to you God, our Creator;
You have made us in your image
And you gave us many men and women of faith to help us to live by faith:
Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachael.
And then you gave us your Son, Jesus, born of Mary, nurtured by Joseph
And he called us to be sons and daughters of God.
Your Son called us to live better lives and he gave us this Holy Meal so that when we eat
  the bread and drink the wine, we can  know that the Presence of Christ is as near to us as  
  this food and drink  that becomes a part of us.

The Prayer continues with these words

And so, Father, we bring you these gifts of bread and wine. Bless and sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Sanctify us by your Holy Spirit so that we may love God and our neighbors.

On the night when Jesus was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."

After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, "Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."

Father, we now celebrate the memorial of your Son. When we eat this holy Meal of Bread and Wine, we are telling the entire world about the life, death and resurrection of Christ and that his presence will be with us in our future.

Let this holy meal keep us together as friends who share a special relationship because of your Son Jesus Christ.  May we forever live with praise to God to whom we belong as sons and daughters.

By Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory
 is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we now sing,
(Children rejoin their parents and take up their instruments)

Our Father: (Renew # 180, West Indian Lord’s Prayer)
Our Father who art in heaven:  Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done: Hallowed be thy name.

Done on earth as it is in heaven: Hallowed be thy name.
Give us this day our daily bread: Hallowed be thy name.

And forgive us all our debts: Hallowed be thy name.
As we forgive our debtors: Hallowed be thy name.

Lead us not into temptation: Hallowed be thy name.
But deliver us from evil: Hallowed be thy name.

Thine is the kingdom, power, and glory: Hallowed be thy name.
Forever and ever: Hallowed be thy name.

Amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.
Amen, amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.

Breaking of the Bread

Celebrant:        Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People:            Therefore let us keep the feast.  Alleluia!

Words of Administration

Communion Song: Seek Ye First  (Blue Hymnal, # 711)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you; Allelu, alleluia. 
Refrain: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, allelu, alleluia.
Ask, and it shall be given unto you, seek, and ye shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you; Allelu, alleluia!  Refrain

Post-Communion Prayer

Everlasting God, we have gathered for the meal that Jesus asked us to keep;
We have remembered his words of blessing on the bread and the wine.
And His Presence has been known to us.
We have remembered that we are sons and daughters of God and brothers
    and sisters in Christ.
Send us forth now into our everyday lives remembering that the blessing in the
     bread and wine spreads into each time, place and person in our lives,
As we are ever blessed by you, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Closing Song: America (blue hymnal, # 719)
O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain!  America!  America! God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.
O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life!  America!  America!  God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul with self control, they liberty in law.
O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears!  America!  America! God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.

Liturgist: Let us go forth in the Name of Christ. 
People: Thanks be to God! 

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