faith has saved you
Leader 1: Weary
pilgrims, men and women, children and elders, welcome
Leader 2: Lay down your weeks of work and school, play, and struggle.
Leader 1: Here in the circle of God’s spacious favor,
Leader 2: here amongst your brothers and sisters,
Leader 1: let your souls stretch wide and yawn.
Leader 2: Let all that has gone before—shame, fear, anger, and unholy
Both: be restored to wholeness by Christ’s welcoming love.
All: Open our hearts to you, God. Our transgressions have dried
us up as the heat of drought. Our hearts wither in that place
of hidden sin. We love little.
Leader: Friends, to you whose sins are many, great love is offered. You
are forgiven. Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.
As the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, so may our
acts of kindness in the world, and these offerings of our firstfruits, be
extravagant. We offer our small lives as a token of gratitude. You have
given us everything, Gracious One. Make us living channels of your
great love, poured through us into our everyday worlds. Amen.
—Anita Amstutz, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Bible readings for today: 2 Samuel 11:26–12:10, 13-15; Psalm 32;
Galatians 2:15-21; Luke
Bible readings for next Sunday: Isaiah 65:1-9; Psalm 22:19-28;
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