Call to Celebration
God, your presence expands the earth.
You are fully present in each moment and every space.
Seasons unearth the soil we’ve been standing upon.
When the ground shifts beneath us, remind us that we are arable land.
Cultivation requires rooting up and letting go that which binds us.
We experience the depth of our beauty when we release all that squeezes the breath out of us.
Holy Wisdom, your expansive power is present to aide us in becoming the wind that transforms all it touches. We are divided in mind, spirit and body by the things that are temporal. Empower us to see beyond the surface so that the fire within may glow brightly. Amen
Service August 14
Luke 12:49-56 NIV
Not Peace, but Division
49 “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! 51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52 For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
Interpreting the Time
54 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. 55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will
be scorching heat,’ and it happens. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?