Sunday, October 2, 2022

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Luke 17:5-10 read by Mark Beingessner

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 2, 2022

Luke 17:5-10

Loving Divine Family,

We gather at your Beautiful Gate and consider our circumstances. You call us by name to enter your sacred prayer space, the inner-sanctuary where we can participate in your mystery. But we respond with hesitation. We do not feel ready. We feel like we need more, to be more prepared, and to be able to demonstrate our worthiness to enter. But you tell us that you have already given us all we need and you call us worthy.

Faithful One, we come together to spend time with you. We hear you say, “If your faith is as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it will obey you’” (Luke 17:6 NIV). Are these words of encouragement, sarcasm, or frustration? We filter the story and your words through our biases and the lenses of how we view the world, how we view you. We hear the invitation to be in a relationship with you that consists of trust and love. We let go of the measurement of how much faith we have. Rather we commit ourselves to you and choose to walk in obedience to you.

I hear your invitation to participate in your mystery today, O LORD, and thank you for…

We respond to your invitation, but are uncertain if we can do all you ask of us. Give us strength and courage to say, “Yes, LORD!” Give us the faith we need to step forward on your path, trusting in your promise and guidance.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 37:1-9
Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4
2 Timothy 1:1-14

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