Going out from home

Mark 6.1-13

Margaret Thatcher famously said – home is where you go if you have nothing else to do! Well, you may agree with her on this matter or not as indeed on other issues as well. But there is a bitter-sweetness to this remark. For home is where we should feel most safe, most accepted and often most loved. No wonder many people are contented home-birds. Yet we also see the point of going out to do something. Much that is worthwhile needs us to go out – out physically, out using the phone or modern digital means and even paradoxically venturing out by inviting in.

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HERE WE GO AGAIN…

God you are used to your people
complaining and grumbling
making idols
when it seems you are out of sight
We’ve done it all through the ages.
We remove ourselves from you
and then blame you
for not being around.
And there are all sorts of things
to take our attention,
to fill the spaces
All sorts of shiny distractions
that appease us for a while.
But none can take the place of your steadfast love
and your constant care.
So draw us back to you
the source of love and life everlasting.

by Liz Crumlish

IN SEARCH OF HOPE

The search for hope often hits us when we are really feeling beaten down by whatever circumstances overwhelm us and all is grey and dark. Imagine in that place an invitation with a promise to return to God and embrace the new future and hope. This new is not just a spiritual resolve, it is concerned with God’s ways and plans that are about a whole new hope full of possibilities that re-orientate the way of one’s life and that of the community.

Pray:
May God bless us with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that we may live from deep within our hearts.
May God bless us with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of God’s creations
So that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless us with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless us with just enough foolishness
To believe that we can make a difference in the world,
So that we can do what others claim cannot be done:
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and all our neighbours who are poor.

Amen.

THE MYSTERY OF SEARCHING

Father of all
Your signature is written across creation
You have fashioned us in your likeness
You have made us to rejoice in your goodness
You have called us to live  together in friendship and love
Our souls long to know you
Our minds search to find you
Our thoughts grow weary
In our search for understanding
Breathe  once more upon us
Bring us to life
Give to us the gift of faith
To seek in order to find

Like the wisemen of old
We are searching for our meaning
Reaching out to the stars
Searching for our tomorrow in space
Following the signs
Still gazing
Looking beyond
To the beyond

Draw us closer to you
Speak to us through your Word
Bring to life the sacred text
as it speaks to us in our daily tasks
Your grace abounds to all
Open our eyes to see
Mercy and grace in the ordinariness of life
Jesus Son of the Father
Lift our eyes from the dust of the earth
to see the glory of your heavens in our everyday lives