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Sep 9th, 2019 by Robin Murray

Reflection: September 8

Jeremiah 18:1-11

I love the image of God as a potter and we as clay creations. Perhaps this is because my mother worked as a potter for part of my growing up. I watched her spinning clay on a wheel, centring it and pulling it up and down, shaping it until it met the image she was thinking of. I like the idea that we are made in God’s image, not that we look like God, but that God has an image in God’s mind for each of us, uniquely different, each designed for a different purpose and fashioned accordingly, like a potter turns a bowl and a pitcher from the same clay on the same wheel. As today’s Psalmist says, we are fearfully and wonderfully made right from our very beginnings.  And it’s not just us – each living thing on earth is made in an image of God’s design, sacred and holy.

Another thing I like about Jeremiah’s idea that God is like a potter and we, the clay, is the fact that clay is messy. It slaps and splatters around the wheel. When you work with clay, not only do your hands get messy, but the clay works it’s way all the way up your arms and across your clothes. I remember my mother’s glasses getting speckled, along with her hair.  Being human is a messy business. Like clay, we don’t always go where the potter wants us right away.  We resist being centred. We’re flexible like clay, but we’re also susceptible to bad influences. We wobble and collapse and need to be built back up again. But the good news is that we can be reshaped when things have gone wrong. We can be brought back to the image that God has in »»

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For the Week of September 22

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost  
       4th Week of the Season of Creation: Celebrating our Home in God and God’s Creation

 

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Prayers of the People: September 15

Please join me in the prayers of the people today. Whenever our congregational response comes,  please remember who needs mercy and blessing with that beautiful Greek prayer: Kyrie Eleison. »»

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Prayers of the People: September 1

We are blessed with the bright, so clear, sunlight of the fall that shines on all people, and all creation, equally. How it flames out at sunset! We thank the Creator. When you hear the words “We pray in gratitude for all peoples and our world” please respond with, “Creator, listen to our hearts”. »»

Prayers of the People: August 25

Good Morning, let us prepare to pray as we listen to today’s Prayers of the People. So, when you hear the words, God of Diversity, please respond with “Hear our Prayers”. »»

Prayers of there People: August 18

During the prayers, when I say:  “God of Diversity” please respond with “fill us with compassion and courage.” »»

Prayers of the People: August 11

These prayers were adapted from prayers written by Neil Paynter and guests at the Iona Abbey in Scotland.

         Dear God, we listen for your voice, your sound like sheer silence… »»

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