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Aug 14th, 2017 by Rev. Carol Prochaska (Ret)

Reflection: August 13

Hope: Risk and Responsibility.
               Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33

        From turmoil to calm, from sinking to supported, from terrified to reverence — this is the disciples’ journey we have just witnessed. We’ve been in that boat. We know about 3:00 a.m. darkness. We know what it is to be tossed about by wind and high waves. We know turmoil and the wondering why this, why me. Like Peter, we’ve tried to believe in God’s presence, but what we see is overwhelming and we find ourselves going under. If we’re not presently living this, we likely know someone who is.

A “tossed about boat” is a fitting metaphor for much of our world: Fires… Drought… Flooding… Climate change… Poverty… Refugee crises… World leaders bragging about military power and how they will use it…

What keeps us from plunging into despair? Some kind of Pollyanna optimism? Wishing?  Good old fashion denial? Or! How about hope? How about good old fashion “biblical hope”!

The disciples’ journey we just witnessed has to do with that kind of hope. It is the kind of hope we are called to live.

Emily Dickinson once wrote about hope. She said:

Hope is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without words –
And never stops – at all.

The apostle Paul, in a letter to the church Rome, said this »»

     "We dare to live
    the Way of Jesus,
      the Love of God"

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Prayers of the People: August 13

Let us join our hearts and minds as one in prayer. When you hear the words “God of hope and opportunity” please respond with “Hear our Prayers.” »»

For the Week of August 13

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
                We Hunger for Justice and Love

Prayers of the People: August 6

In this morning’s gospel reading, Matthew tells us: It was a deserted place – as in a kind of wilderness. It was late – as in descending darkness. There was a crowd –as in too many and too hungry. The disciples say to Jesus: “We have nothing here except …” as in not enough. »»

Prayers of the People: July 30

In the beginning God, you breathed into us our life song. Inspire us with new ways of doing things, so that out of diversity may come harmony. May we live in grateful thanks for the blessing of life. When you hear the words “Holy Teacher Come” please respond with “Hear Our Prayers”. »»

Prayers of the People: July 23

Let us quieten our minds and open our hearts as we offer our prayers to God. When you hear the phrase… God of Forgiveness and Understanding please respond with “Hear our Prayers” »»

Prayers of the People: July 16

Holy One, Creator God, these are troubling times so we come to you seeking your spirit in our lives to comfort and restore us and bring us peace. We pray for all those affected by the wildfires raging in our province. »»

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