“Streams” – An Alphabyte

Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Streams” introduces the sixth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide:
autumn in the north, spring in the south.
Alphabytes in Kingdomtide: “Nose” to “Zoom Lens”

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

Down the sacred mountain peak of transfigured time,
three streams have been flowing separately,
now converging one upon another, meeting as they join the level earth
in one great, sweet river of adoration:

Evangelical energy in God’s total Word
Pentecostal power in the Spirit outpoured
Liturgical light in the dance of worship.

Drink from these three streams as they descend ever deeper into the earth,
meeting the Living Water that gushes from beneath
sending the streams mountain-high again—this time, together.

The Flow of Saving Grace

Sunday, October 6, 2013
Luke 17:1-10

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Convergences of three streams of church energies unite into a powerful river. At the mouth of the river, there is a delta of rich, fertile soil where wheat for the bread of life can grow. Nothing is to impede the sacred flow that brings the richness of God’s grace to all.

The week begins with four power-principles that Christ lays before his disciples to ensure access to grace. First: the strong warning against scandal; the word in Greek, skandalon, refers to the stick that holds up a trap for an animal; second: freeing the other by forgiveness; third: faith, even as minute as a mustard seed; fourth: God owes us nothing; all that we receive from God is pure, gratuitous grace—unmerited, free, ever-flowing.

Pray that you receive the impact of today’s reading so that the flow of saving grace can move out from you into the sea of peace.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
Always ready to forgive v. 4
Grant me faith like mustard seed. v. 6
Lord, uproot what’s binding me. v. 6
My duty is to serve You. v. 10

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This is the sixth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year C is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke.

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