Pentecost 8 – Year B – 2 Samuel 7.1-14

O: The Ark of the Covenant
went with God’s people,
every step of the way.
A: A symbol of God’s Presence.
A symbol of God’s Freedom.
A symbol of God’s Promise.

O: The Ark of the Covenant
lived in a tent.
A: Ready to move.
Ready to travel.
Ready to lead the way.

O: King David wanted to build a house for the Ark.
A monument.
A place of permanence and solidity,
of cedar and stone.
A: And God said, “No.
That’s not your job.”

O: And David listened.
As we sit in this house,
this monument to Christ’s Presence,
built of cedar and stone,
we need to ask ourselves – and God –
what is our job?
A: To worship God.
To educate and serve in Christ’s name.
To be Christ’s disciples
and share God’s love,
every day of our lives!

O: Alleluia!
A: Alleluia! Amen!

Opening Prayer:
A: With all of our hopes,
with all of our dreams,
with all of our lives,
we celebrate your Presence,
God of all creation.
In this time and place,
touch our lives in ways
that help us to understand
what is ours to do,
and what is yours to do.
That we might be Christ’s disciples,
living out of Christ’s love.
In his name we ask it.
May it be so.

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Prayer For Year B – Proper 10 (Mark 6:14-29)

For your gift of love,
for your gift of life,
for your gift of forgiveness and hope,
we thank you, Creator!
For the knowledge in our hearts
and the knowledge in our heads
that there is always a place
in you, no matter what –
we thank you, Christ!
For the transformation of our choices,
for the transformation of our actions,
into something life-giving and abundant,
we thank you, Holy Spirit!
May the dances we dance,
the choices we choose,
the actions we live,
be examples of your grace, always.
Thank you, loving God!

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For Year B – Proper 10 (Mark 6:14-29)

The choices we make…
colour our lives.
The steps we take…
change our way.
And yet…
and yet,
God is with us,
in all our steps,
in all our choices,
in all our days.

And yet…
and yet,
God loves us,
in our missteps,
in our poor choices,
in our worst and our best.

That is amazing grace.
That is amazing hope.
That is amazing love.
In that grace,
in that love,
in that hope;
by Creator’s power,
by Christ’s presence,
by the Holy Spirit’s urging…
we worship God.

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