Seventh Sunday after Pentecost/ 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time/ Proper 13

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost/ 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time/ Proper 13

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost/ 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time/ Proper 13

Hosea 11:1-11/ Psalm 107:1-9, 43/ Colossians 3:1-11/ Luke 12:13-21

Call to Worship (unison)

We will never know
the fullness
the depth
the breadth
of what God has done for us.

What does God need?
our congratulations?
our approval?
our praise?
All God asks for is our faithfulness.

With cords of kindness and bands of love, God connects with us. Not to bind us but with a long lead of freedom so we might choose to worship our God without coercion.

Song of Confession
Note: I had a very theologically complex and astute prayer written about our freedom and God’s grace and our tendency toward violence grieving God’s heart… and then this song came on. I’d suggest printing these lyrics for your people and then playing the song in worship. While it plays, ask folks to reflect on all the things we are trying to catch up with ourselves and all the ways God sends signals in the noise and chases us down with love.

Signal by Sylvan Esso

Little birdie making car alarm sounds
In the tree next to your house
Little baby know to smile for the picture
Then go back to drawing that flower
And a smokey chimney too
And an arrow pointing at their room
And the stars above
Was that a satellite you drew, my love?

It’s a signal in the noise
It’s a bell in a mine
It’s a black dog in a junkyard
Gonna chase you down in time
Chase you down in time

Can you catch up to the cars on the highway?
Run them down
Can you throw yourself off of an airplane?
Breath ripped out
While you showboat
While you slow float
While the Earth gets large and loud
Are you breathing now?
Here’s the ground

Don’t you want to catch you
Don’t you want to catch you
Make you feel your pulse
Make your feet fly
Don’t you want to catch you
Don’t you want to catch you
Drag you down in the dirt
Make you feel alive

It’s a signal in the noise
It’s a bell in a mine
It’s a black dog in a junkyard
Gonna chase you down in time

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