July 15, 2019

Tiny Desk Sermon: Lectionary 16 C, Genesis 18:1-10 (Or: Divine Strangers are Out There)


June 20, 2019

Eucharistic Prayer for Pride Sunday

I wrote this for the church to use when celebrating Pride Sundays. May be used freely in any church. I appreciate receiving notice that you are using it.

With thanks to Bryan Rust for guidance and inspiration.
 

Eucharistic Prayer for Pride Sunday

Holy God of wonder,
you created light that shines
through clouds with every color.
Through Noah you made your promise
to love all humanity no matter what
by revealing your expansive rainbow.
Through your people
you revealed your will
that loving you alone
leads us to love our neighbors.
When some of our neighbors were
rejected and neglected
you sent prophets to call us back
to full inclusion of all persons
at blessed tables of bread, wine, and friendship.

You revealed the fullness of your love
in Jesus of Nazareth,
who loved all persons in their human dignity,
who forgave us for our failure to see your image
in all genders, all sexualities, all colors,
who suffered in solidarity with all the rejected,
who inspires us now to celebrate love
in all its wonderful forms,
who fills us with pride and gratitude
for being born this way,
and for being made new in endless grace.

In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for the remembrance of me.
As one body of many beautiful ones,
we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Send now your life-giving Spirit
upon this gathering of queer and straight,
wondering and wonderful.
Let the fire of your love reveal once again
your rainbow of love in our lives.
Bless this bread and wine
so that as we are loved in Christ here and now,
we have courage and strength
to embrace those feeling unloved,
to advocate for those still facing rejection,
seeking justice, reconciliation, and healing
in families, in churches, in societies, in governments.
Unite us at this table of grace,
so that each of us knows we are cherished by you,
and we love each of your beloved.

God of stunning diversity,
receive our thanksgiving
as Jesus receives each of us in his embrace.
Feed us with hope now
so that we may continue our journey
of loving who we love
and seeking your just society
until all creation shines with your praise,
O God, through Christ, by your Spirit,
in the beloved community
now and forever.
Amen.

June 11, 2019

Tiny Desk Sermon: Trinity Sunday, Romans 5:1-5 (Or: Crazy Talk)