July 15, 2018
"We Gaze Into The Heavens" | Trevor
LEAD: We gaze into the heavens and wonder at the reach of Your enduring love.
PEOPLE: We make shapes out of the clouds and marvel at the many ways You show us You are faithful.
LEAD: We stand in the shadow of the mountain and recognize that Your righteousness is solid as a rock
PEOPLE: We plumb the depths of the sea and see that the wisdom behind Your judgment is so much deeper, still.
LEAD: People and beasts alike, our lives are in your hands. You are life. Our life.
PEOPLE: So we watch the light bounce off of diamonds and find that Your enduring love is worth so much more.
LEAD: We tremble at what threatens to destroy us and find refuge in the shelter if your wings.
PEOPLE: We fight for what we need for our daily bread, and find a feast in the wealth of your house.
LEAD: We thirst for what refreshes and find a flood of delights in the river of your love.
PEOPLE: For you are a fountain. For you are a light and you are life. Our life.
Benediction | Trevor
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships so that you may seek truth boldly and live from deep within your heart where God’s Spirit dwells.
May God bless you with anger: at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that we may reach out our hand in comfort and turn their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe thatthrough Jesus Christ we’ll have the strength and power necessary to create change in this world and in our neighborhood, so that together we will courageously try what others claim cannot be done.
May God bless you with remembrancethat we are called to continue God’s redemptive work of love and healing in God’s place, in and through God’s name, in God’s Spirit, continually creating and breathing new life and grace into everything and everyone we touch. Amen