Strive first for the kingdom of God
Who are you,
mystery of our lives?
We thought we knew you, God.
We thought you could be contained by our constructs
and imaginations, our theologies and words—
but they go up in flames before your unconfinable presence.
All we can say is: Fire! Majesty! Glory!
Holy, holy, holy God!
Praise be your name. Amen.
Leader: We place our feet on this sacred ground, trusting that
God is revealed now, as on mountains long ago.
People: Here, in this place, we revel in the wildness of God.
Leader: We trust the astonishment of eyewitnesses: Moses, Peter,
James, and John. We trust the stories they passed on.
People: We proclaim with them and with the cloud of witnesses
that Jesus is Lord over earth and heaven!
Leader: This is God’s Son, who lived among us
and rose from the dead.
Beloved of God, beloved of God—do not be afraid.
Let us draw near to Jesus, who touches each heart with courage.
The cloud of separation is now lifting, our long wait is ending.
Look, the morning star is rising.
—Katerina Friesen, Elkhart, Indiana
Bible readings for today: Isaiah 49:8-16a; Psalm 131; 1
Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-34; or
Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2 or Psalm 99; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9.
Bible readings for next Sunday: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7;
Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19;
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