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1 Samuel 8:4-11 (12-15) 16-20 (11:14-15) ; Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35
The following poem is by Walt McCanless
Today is metaphor day,
a day not unlike the fogged in bay
with men in small craft searching for their way
by shadows, and dim, distant lights….
like a rustle in the leaves made by a varmints flight,
What was it? Did you see? “Well, it was like….”
The plight of those with eyes unseeing
the mysteries beyond the face of being,
“It’s sort of like,” is the best one can do;
while groping blindly for that which is true.
Philosophical premise, axiom and theory,
the meager fruit of direct inquiry
are like candles lit to find the sun,
which is like the rising bridegroom, his course to run.
the music of metaphor, faint echoes of mystery,
hint, point and picture a deeper meaning to history
teasing out awe from ordinary encounter,
like the dark brought to dawn by aviary chatter.
The meaning is in the metaphor, somewhere, I’m sure
wound, interwoven, all mixed in, hardly pure.
Like the leaves, metaphors dance and shade,
giving color to light amidst divine accolades
For the glory is the story, a holy pun, oft begun:
“It’s as if a sower; like a lost sheep, lost coin, or son,”
The weight of which is truth, far heavier than gold,
with metaphor like the emcee inviting, “come on in, behold!”
Prayer of the People and The Lord’s Prayer
Our Lord who has given us great joy, we praise you. You have chosen each of us and made us a new creation in your Son. Increase our faith so that we may be strong in this world that has so many demands. Help us to take pride in your name and walk daily in your Kingdom on earth knowing that you love us.
We ask your mercy on those who are ill or sad or lonely, and comfort to those who are dealing with loss of one who is dearly loved. For those who do not know where to turn, send your Holy Spirit to walk along beside them to guide and reassure them that you are there.
There are many who are unable to leave their homes. We ask that you give us time and peace to share with them. Remind us daily that we are your ministers to our sisters and brothers and that we can show your love to all we encounter.
Grant our elected leaders wisdom and justice toward each person and issue they hear. You are the true leader. Help all of us to look to you as we make decisions about work, home, finances and family. We want to be centered in you. As we are also followers of Christ, let us pray as he taught his disciples…) Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.