But in the meantime there is a week of work. As we prepare for the week, let us pray: (prayer source)
In the darkest moments
of our lives, Intriguing God,
we have struggled with you,
believing that if we were to beat you,
you would have to give us whatever we want,
not realizing you have already blessed us
with everything we need in life.
When our hunger for hope
overwhelms us, Gentle Jesus,
you fill us with your presence;
when our need for more and more
would pull us further and further
away from you,
you heal us of our desires;
when we look away from those in need,
your tears of compassion
cleanse our hearts.
We would leave our pain behind us,
and run through your streams of
living waters, Spirit of God,
that we might embrace
our sisters and brothers in peace,
knowing that our broken relationships
have been made whole.
God in Community, Holy in One,
we lift our prayers to you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior,
The lectionary readings for this week are posted here
AS we continue working through the Genesis stories we have Jacob returning home, worried about how Esau will react. The night before they meet he has another encounter with the holy. He wrestles with a stranger all night, demands a blessing, and gets a new name.
Or we continue in Romans, but since I am not working with Romans I have not taken time to figure out what Paul is trying to say here. (I get lost in Paul's rhetoric much o0f the time. Is this hope here? Is it commitment to the community? Who is part of the community??? Maybe others could weigh in...
And then there is the question of what (if any) impact the events in Norway has on our worship planning this week....
What questions do these passages raise for you this week? Or have you found an alternative to the lectionary for the summer? Let us know in the comments. Have you found an article or link that you find apt or helpful? Post it too! Blogged about what shape worship is taking? Leave a link!
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Jacob and the Angel
Feeding the Multitudes Drawing