On Mondays I am sharing liturgical writing focused on the Luke passages for each Sunday in the Revised Common Lectionary. This week’s scripture is Luke 12: 13-21, the parable of the bigger barn-planner. The first contributor is Ellie Kraner, currently surviving Vacation Bible School in Brookfield, Massachusetts (I think she said something about a nap.) She offers a call to worship and invocation. The second writer Cody Maynus, who wrote this liturgy which includes a Eucharistic prayer while he was in Collegeville, Minnesota. This month he heads to the Episcopal Service Corps at St. Hilda’s House in New Haven, Connecticut.
Gift of Ellie Kraner
Call to Worship and Invocation
We gather together now,
reflecting on a
hectic week now past;
a week of oftentimes struggling to keep on, to keep up;
of seeking to be more, to have more.
All about us the noises of culture continually urge…
amass all you can;
break the records for accumulating!
Increase your bottom line; store up for the rainy day…
it’s then, and only then, you will be secure!
Listening carefully, may we seek to discern the quieter, yet persistent voice;
Our Lord’s call to us!
“Your lives and times are in my hands!
Satisfy yourselves on what is eternal, on what I freely offer,” He pleads.
Lord, as we gather in your name today,
May we become desperately thirsty for you…
Hungering for the holy, enduring, God, Riches only you can provide.
Gift of Cody Maynus
Come, One-in-Three, and be with us.
Guide us on this journey toward freedom
from possessions, freedom from greed, freedom from guilt.
Take us by the hand and walk with us.
Teach us to join the dance of true liberation,
which is found only in you. Amen.
Lord Jesus, you came to throw open the barn doors of our guilt and greed. Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ Jesus, you teach us to live in community with you and one another. Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you call us to dream God’s dream of liberation for ourselves and for all people. Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Assurance of Pardon
Household of God, when we fill our barns with material possessions and with spiritual pride, God’s love throws open the doors to freedom and wholeness. Our sins are forgiven in the strong name of the Lover, +the Beloved, and the Loving Spirit. Join in the dance of abundant grace!
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give God thanks and praise.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
It is indeed right to give our thanks and praise, O generous God,
for you throw open our doors and invite us to walk into the light
of freedom from the things that burden us and keep us from loving
you and one another.
When creation was young, you brought forth humankind
to keep you company and care for this garden home that is our earth.
You walked with us and made us your friends.
When we ignored your call to live with one another,
preferring the lonely company of our wealth
and the idolatrous grip of our greed,
you opened our barn doors
and set us free.
You pitched your tent among us
through our brother, Jesus,
who taught by word and deed
what it means to love wholeheartedly
and seek your dream for our lives.
When his words and deeds offended
to the point of death,
you raised him to new life
and bid us follow him
toward your heart of liberation,
compassion, and love.
Therefore with the whole company of saints in glory,
we join in your unending hymn of praise…
May love enable you to move in new directions, open the barn doors, and clear out all that prevents you from enjoying the blessings of life in communion with God and one another. Go now and always in the strong name of the Lover, the Beloved, and the Loving Spirit. Go in peace. Amen.
Luke for Sharing – A Community Resource
A Collaboration of Forty-four Writers on the Scriptures from Luke
June – November, 2013
edited by Maren C. Tirabassi
All of these resources were given freely and they may be used in worship contexts. They may be adapted to fit your context. Please cite the original author when you reprint them or share them orally. For any other use please contact me so that I can put you directly in touch with that particular author.