September 20, 2020

FB Live September 20

Passage: Matthew 20:1-16
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Meditation: “Who should be the first or last?” Pastor Riva

Centering Meditation Pastor Nancy
Gracious and forgiving God God of the “bigger table”,
Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit
We give thanks that your love for creation is deep and wide beyond all imagining.
We give thanks that you are a God who forgives not just 7 but 7 X 7 times.
In this quiet, may we open our hearts to confess our need for your love, your mercy,
your compassionate presence as we seek to repair harm and heal from harm.

God, we praise you yet
“We seldom notice how each day is a holy place
Where the eucharist of the ordinary happens,
Transforming our broken fragments
Into an eternal continuity that keeps us.
Somewhere in us a dignity presides
That is more gracious than the smallness
That fuels us with fear and force,
A dignity that trusts the form [each] day takes.” (quote from John Donohue, see end)

Healing and hopeful God, may this be a day we rest with your presence,
in which we live and move and have our being.
Stir our hearts to pray, O God.

With the groaning of your Spirit
We recognize the civil unease in our country.
We feel like we are caught in a vast storm of thundering rhetoric,
half truths and whole lies, from those
willing to do anything to disrupt and then seed violence.
As we enter this open period of early voting, may we be people seeking
honest and respectful engagement in our communities.
We pray for those rebuilding businesses and re-establishing trust
in neighborhoods where there was once only broken glass.
For artists and poets and musicians bringing hope,
and all those working for justice.
We say their names–Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Philando Castile and others
we name in our hearts.
This morning, we also pray for the family and all those mourning
the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
may her memory be a blessing, calling us to righteousness.

Breath-taking God, we pray for those whose faith is fragile, who feel that
they are alone and abandoned.
For those struggling to find ample resources, enough food, and a safe-enough place to sleep. May our hearts be moved by the growing number of tent encampments, throughout our cities, and may we find ways to respond with compassion.

For those in our congregation:
For Kristine and Ivan Roderiquez, baby Iliana now at home and big brother Ian back at
daycare, for adjusting and deep bonding together.
For Joan Bixler as she slowly adjusts to new medications that are improving her
health and mobility, for Joanie Anderson in caring for her mom, and all of Joan’s
family who love her.
For friends and loved ones recovering from COVID, for their healing, grit and patience in
quarantine.
With flu season approaching, may we take extra safety precautions in containing germs
and avoiding spreading disease.
We give thanks for scientists developing vaccine trials and sharing research.

God of this “great world house”, we mourn over 947,000 lives lost to COVID including over 200,000 beloveds in the US. But also we pray for so many who have been impacted by the cascade of loss, generations of
We pray for peace of mind and heart for
Redge Nicolas and his whole family,
Reiner Puno and his family,
and the Fernandez and Delos Santos families.
We give thanks along with his family for the recovery of Vielo Baniqued.

God of all creation, our hearts go out to people who have lost so much in the sweeping fires in the West. We give thanks for the sweaty commitment of firefighters, weary responders providing meals and cots, essential workers keeping roads and businesses open. We mourn the loss of acres and acres of forest habitat, home to so many creatures. May we wake up to the cries of the Earth and the living dance of creation. As “hopeful earthkeepers” may we act now for generations yet to come.

Now as disciples of the Christ who placed a child in the center, may we pray together:
Our (Creator/God/Mother/Father*) in heaven, Holy is your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done,on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

JOHN O’DONOHUE
Excerpt from the blessing, ‘The Inner History of a Day,’ found in the books: Benedictus (Europe) / To Bless the Space Between Us (US)
Ordering Info: https://www.johnodonohue.com/store

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