Here we are, Lord.
We are kin-dom hunters,
searching high and low
for the treasure that is hidden,
for the pearl of great price,
when all along
it is under our noses.
Everywhere we go, we anticipate …
we speculate …
we wait …
and we miss the mustard seed of faith
that is growing …
marching for justice,
searching for a cure,
trusting in the process.
We miss the granule of yeast
that is working itself through the dough
that is being kneaded
and punched
and rolled
and left to rise.
Here it is.
Right here in our midst!
Still we cannot see it!
We are too busy judging what is evil
according to our own sense of righteousness.
We are too busy tossing out what we deem worthless.
But not you, God.
You take us as we are,
with all our imperfections and shortcomings,
and believe in what we can be
because of your kindom work within us:
planting seeds,
mixing in the yeast,
surprising us with old wisdom
in new and unexpected places.
Plant in us anew a desire for community
that surpasses our selfishness.
Grant us time to grow our lives into a fragrant offering
that nourishes everyone around us.
Inspire in us a passion for you that is so great
that we are willing to follow you at any cost.
Along the way,
teach us all we think we understand.
In Jesus’ name we ask it,

Julie Gvillo is Commissioned Pastor (PCUSA) and Founder and Creative Executive Director of A Place of Grace. Julie shares liturgy written on RCL passages each week on her blog, Point of Contact: Where Life and Worship Intersect.

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