Proper 24A /Narrative Year 1
RCL Exodus 33:12-23
You call us up the mountain,
to be in communion with your Presence,
and to learn from you on how to lead
your people and how to love your world.
You listen to our complaints, our needs,
our wishes, our wants,
with patience and perhaps a bit of wry wit.
We long for your Glory, and yet we do not really know
what we ask for—but you do, and you know it might kill us.
you protect us in a safe place
as you sweep by us in brilliance,
your Presence a dazzle all around us,
a shimmer and a sparkle remnant remains as You pass by.
May we not let the glistening remnant be covered in the dust
of daily life,
hidden under the burdens we struggle to bear and or let go.
May we be aware
of the reflection of Your glory
in every corner of the world…
and seek to share it with others,
the whole of all your creation.
Narrative: II Samuel 12: 1-9 and RCL: Matthew 22:15-22
Holy and loving God,
Your very presence in our lives
is so much more than enough,
it is everything.
We give you thanks, for the abundance of your blessing,
for our relationships that enrich our beings,
for this community, and for the ways in which we strive to
be your mercy, love and justice in your world.
Forgive us when we forget
that all we have and that that we are
belongs to You.
Hold us accountable, when in our privilege,
we decide everything belongs to us,
and others suffer because of our disregard and wantoness.
Call us out, humble us…
Remind us that the greatest gift and salvation
is to know that we Belong to you.
Teach us, oh God,
to be persistent
in finding ways to share this Good News
of belonging and abundance
with the places and people and beings of this world
that are lost, sick, lonely,
at war, in desolation,
and bewildered by stress and loss and pain.
Lead us, giving God,
Open our hearts to your guidance
and may we not rest
until what we have
is shared, measure upon endless measure
with all of your creation.