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Pentecost Year A

Proper 19 - Ordinary Time 24- Pentecost +17

Gospel Reflection

Based upon Matthew 18:21-35. Copyright Katherine Hawker, 2002.

forgiven and unforgiving

the servant becomes master

forgiven and unforgiving

greed overpowers compassion

forgiven and unforgiving

ripe fruit left on the vine,

rotting and useless.


Confessional Prayer for Peace

Based upon the Parables. Copyright Katherine Hawker, 2002.

As sabers rattle in lands both close and distant

we confess that we are in pain,

fear has taken root in the souls of our being.

Even as we turn to the parables ,

familiar stories that we thought we loved,

we find troubling stories offering ever more questions .

Lord have mercy,

lord have mercy,

have mercy upon us.

We are loathe to take account of the many ways

in which we unwittingly profit

from the machinery of war and greed.

Still we read the parables of Jesus

which fly in the face of social convention

offending those who dare to listen.

Christ have mercy,

Christ have mercy,

have mercy upon us.

Believing that we are insignificant,

and at the same time fearful that we might become so,

we are timid to use our voices to speak truth to a world of war.

Now the parables of Jesus offer a new vision;

now the servants dine and the masters serve,

now the last becomes and the first becomes last.

Lord have mercy,

lord have mercy,

have mercy upon us.

Hear the good news of the Story

that no sheep is unworthy of rescue,

no coin too small to be missed.

Hear the good news

that love is stronger than hate

and that this power is alive within you

now and forever.



Call to Worship

Based upon Exodus 14. Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, September 1999. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

The sea of apathy surrounds

enticing us with self promotion

luring us with greed.

The sea of apathy surrounds

bloated with decay

the remains of injustice and idolatry.

The sea of apathy surrounds.


Our task this day

is to cross the sea.

Our task today

is to say "no" to the stench.

Our task if we chose it

is to say "yes" to life and faith.

"Yes". Yes.

Let us cross the sea together.


Prayer of Confession

Based upon the series of readings from Exodus. Copyright Katherine Hawker, 1999.

The Pharaoh decrees death to the foreigner.

The power of fear and hate rage surround us.

In the face of evil

Forgive us our complacency.

The burning bush flickers beside us.

The presence of God invites us.

In the presence of the holy

Forgive us our lack of notice.

The Red Sea waters stand at attention.

The threshold of grace is breath-taking.

In the company of grace

Forgive us our reticence to embrace.


Invitation to Pardon

Based upon the series of readings from Exodus. Copyright Katherine Hawker, 1999.

Hungry bellies and grumbling souls

are not the final word.

Manna and quail and water

fill the bellies and calm the souls.

The gifts of God reign

o’er the people of God.

Come for all things are ready.



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