Monday, July 23, 2012

The Weight of Glory: A Collect

This Sunday our sermon was based on this passage:

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Cor 4:16-18)

The title, "The Weight of Glory," was based on a work by CS Lewis by the same name.  I prepared a collect based on this for the benediction (which was before a big lunch in honor of our departing minister).  I have posted it below:

Creator of all things beautiful, 
        and pure
You are perfect, 
              and glorious
As we delight in this meal and cherish beloved friends, 
    may these our passing joys draw us into greater awareness 
        of the invisible yet more satisfying pleasures of your presence & Kingdom
We ask this because we ache to live lives that 
     do not get distracted by death
         turned toward hatred by violence
              emptied of prophetic imagination by a government that doesn't do what we want
                   nor get withered by financial success or struggle
In short, we ask this because we hunger for lives that are based on the unseen, 
     the transcendant
        the truly beautiful
To the God of eternal light, 
      perfect love, 
           and a glory that is far greater than all the treasures and pains in all the earth

"He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God and nothing else." CS Lewis

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