Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time C, June 19, 2016

1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a
Psalms 42 and 43
Galatians 3:23-29
Luke 8:26-39

One: As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. 
All: My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
One: We come before the Lord today, helpless and just as we are – thirsty for living water. But not only am I thirsty. You are, too. 
All: There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of us are one in Christ Jesus.
One: Together let us listen for God today. 
All: Let us worship in the silence and sound. Let us praise God. 

By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. As the days grow ever longer[shorter – depending on hemisphere] we are reminded of how small we are and how little we control your creation. Others are out to get us or those we love. The chaos seems so in control. But today we come back to you. May we wade through the distractions and find you today. May we hear your words and your silence. Amen. 

The Lord is with us no matter how far away we roam. Let us come back to our God. Let us confess our sins. 

Gracious God, we have run away from the path you have put before us. We get caught up in distractions and don’t listen to your sheer silence.  We don’t have compassion for those who carry a heavy burden inside their own hearts and minds. O God, help us be more compassionate, teach us your ways, forgive us and help us hear you. Amen. 

Beloved, let your thirst be quenched. Let your hearts be freed of trouble. Know that in the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven. Alleluia. Amen. 

We love because God first loved us. And we give because God first provided for us. Now we give back of what was never ours to begin with. With joy and thanksgiving let us bring forth our tithes and offerings. 

Holy One, transform what we have brought forward today – of our pockets and ourselves – to do your will alone. May we all further your kingdom. Amen. 

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