he is our peace
says, “Come away to a deserted place and rest.”
People: We long for rest from all that pulls us in many directions,
yet confess that our worth is wrapped up in what
Leader: Jesus says, “I am your shepherd.”
People: We long for our scattered and frenzied lives to find
their home with the shepherd whose voice we know,
but do not always hear.
Leader: Jesus says, “I am your peace.”
People: We long for the peace that comes through Christ, yet
confess we fail at times to accept it.
Leader: Receive the forgiveness of Christ who gathers the longings
and desires of your hearts and heals you.
God our shepherd, we give you thanks for banquet tables
and overflowing cups. Receive our offerings as tokens of our
gratitude for your generosity toward us and as symbols of our
trust in your goodness and mercy. Use them for your mission
of reconciliation in our world. Amen.
In Christ Jesus, you who were once far off have been brought
near. Christ is our peace. Go in the knowledge and blessing
that you are the dwelling place of God and the embodiment of
—Marilyn Rudy-Froese, Goshen, Indiana
Bible readings for today: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23; Ephesians
Bible readings for next Sunday: 2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-18;
Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21.
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