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Liturgy canceled for August 27

August 27th, 2017

John Chandler

Liturgy is canceled for today, August 27, due to the weather. Stay home. Stay safe. Check on your neighbors. Join us in prayer for those in dire situations due to Harvey.

See you next Sunday…and throughout the week.

How to Participate on Sundays

January 16th, 2017

Chris Morton

You’ll hear us say it every Sunday at Austin Mustard Seed:

“We are all participants and hosts.”

Making Sunday Liturgy happen requires we all take a role. But that doesn’t mean everyone has to do everything.

Using the form below, pick a few roles you feel excited about, and the staff will get you on the calendar.

To select more than one, press “control” as you click.

Got questions? Drop John Chandler an email.

Participate!

Special Location for New Year’s Day Liturgy!

December 31st, 2016

Chris Morton

Sunday Liturgy on New Year’s Day will take at the home of Jonathan (that’s his first name) and Alison Baker, 6106 Bull Creek Road. Liturgy begins at 10:30, potluck lunch to follow.

Bring things that are good cold, or can be kept in a crockpot or the oven. Please bring a chair if you can, too.

Regular Sunday Liturgy will resume on 1.8 at the Seminary of the Southwest Chapel.

Happy New Year!

Invite Your Facebook Friends

Looking for a Christmas Eve Gathering?

December 22nd, 2016

Chris Morton

Christmas Eve is this Saturday!

We’ll gather for our yearly celebration at the Seminary of the Southwest chapel (501 E 32nd St.) at 5pm. We’ll sing some carols, light some candles and reflect on one huge idea: God has come to man!

Bundle up, and invite a friend.

See you Saturday!

Note: Because of Saturday night Liturgy, we will not gather this Sunday morning.

A Liturgy from November 6

November 9th, 2016

Daniel Read

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Call to Worship

Welcome to the Liturgy of Austin Mustard Seed.
The word “liturgy” means “The Work of the People.”

Whether friend or stranger,
Passionate believer or Hopeful skeptic,
We gather today as participants and hosts.

Stand with me for a moment of silence to still ourselves,
And be reminded that we are always in God’s presence.

(Wait for a short moment of silence)

Tuesday, the 8th of November.
Our minds may be worried, Our hearts may be apathetic.

Lord God, Creator of Heaven and Earth,
in a week defined by division and animosity,
may we with one voice ask you for your shalom
to cover all the peoples of your world.

We pray in particular for your protection
and encouragement for your church,
our sisters and brothers scattered among the nations.

We remember today members of your kingdom
serving in other lands.
May you strengthen them today for your work.

We also remember many of our friends
here and throughout the world,
working to build your kingdom.

Bless them for their sacrifice,
and increase in us a desire to live in a world
restored to your perfect pattern.

Prayer of Confession

Confession allows us a moment to honestly reveal our hopes and pains.

Let us cry out to God as a community.

Our response will bolded:

Jesus, You did everything to show us both your love and your Father’s love.

You became a small dependent child to show us your kingdom wrapped in human weakness and fragility.

You became a refugee in Egypt to show us your solidarity with all who are driven from their homes.

You grew up in obedience to your parents to show us your adherence to the commandments.

You worked for many years as a simple carpenter to show us that you wanted to be with us in our daily work.

You were tempted in the desert to show us how to resist the forces of evil around us.

You surrounded yourself with disciples to show us how to share our vision with others and to work together in ministry.

You preached the word of God to show us truth and how to become, ourselves, ambassadors of truth.

You healed the sick and raised the dead to show us that you have power over death.

You were transfigured to show us your divine splendor.

You went the long road of suffering and death to show us your paths of love and reconciliation.

Lord, bring us closer to You. Reveal to us the boundless love that is in your heart.  Our methods of love are cold unless kindled by your fervent devotion. 

Amen.

Eucharist

(We now come to the center of our Liturgy, the Eucharist.

So please examine your hearts and pray this prayer with me.  

Your response will be highlighted in yellow.)

God be with you.

And also with you. 

Let us give thanks to our loving God!

It is right to give thanks and praise!

You made us in your image

and taught us to walk in your ways.

 

But we rebelled against you and wandered 

far away; and yet, as a loving Father, 

you would not forget us.  

Time and again you call us to live 

in the fullness of your love.

 

Living among us, Jesus loved us.

He broke bread with outcasts and sinners,

healed the sick,

and proclaimed good news to the poor.

He yearned to draw the whole world to himself, yet we were heedless of his call to walk in love.

 

And so it was that Jesus was nailed to a cross

by those who feared both him and you.

On the night Jesus was betrayed, the nation of Israel was celebrating their deliverance from slavery in Egypt.  In the midst of the meal, Jesus took the symbols of this feast and gave them new meaning.  

He looked at His followers and said, “When you celebrate your freedom from slavery, celebrate the ultimate deliverance that I will bring.”  

He took the bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of Me.”  

Later, Jesus took the wine.  Again, He gave thanks, gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you. This is My blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for you.  Do this for the remembrance of Me.”

Now come together to the table, passionate believers and hopeful skeptics alike.  Come because the Lord invites us to this remembrance of Jesus’ death, broken sinners in a disrupted world made right through the cross.

Come as a people who expect that the Spirit who raised Jesus from that death is bringing new life.

Come and proclaim together that God’s work is not done.

The elements are gluten and alcohol free so that all may participate. The table is now open.

After Eucharist

Let us finish our time of communion together

by reading aloud this prayer.

Gracious and loving God, 

make us one in the Body of Christ, and nourish us at your table with the bread and the wine.

Send us forth to be your people in the world.

Grant us strength to persevere in resisting sin and injustice and courage to proclaim your love, justice, and compassion

throughout all of our lives.

We pray in the name of the Father, 

of the risen Son 

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Benediction

Austin Mustard Seed, as we leave today:

You are not a nation,

an ideology, or a party platform

You, brothers and sisters in Christ,

are a kingdom people,

constantly being made new

by the blood of the Lamb.

Go forth to love and serve this broken place,

your hearts fixed upon the mission of endless love,

and the restoration of all things.

From what we know, to what we have yet to discover.

Out of the places from which we’ve come,

to where we have been vitally called.

From comfort into blessed peril.

From certainty into joyful obedience.

We follow in faith, the destination veiled,

but knowing that the road ahead will transform us.

Go in Peace,

Live the Church,

See you throughout the week.

A Liturgy of Lament (2016.7.10)

July 12th, 2016

Chris Morton

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Thank you to Daniel Read, April Karli and John Chandler for helping to curate and create this liturgy.

Call to Worship

Welcome to the Liturgy of Austin Mustard Seed.
The word “liturgy” means “The Work of the People.”

Whether friend or stranger,
Passionate believer or Hopeful skeptic,
We gather today as participants and hosts.

Stand with me for a moment of silence to still ourselves,
And be reminded that we are always in God’s presence.

Merciful Lord, we come to you heavy hearted,
for we have heard the cries of the communities of the slain pleading for justice.

We come remembering all the lives lost to the weapons of war that have flooded our streets.

And we ask for your mercy.

Although we find ourselves in a broken world in which we wound one another,
we hold onto hope that you are a God of healing.

Your own revelation has shown us that you stand firmly with those people whose backs are against the wall.

Your own life demonstrates how you came from heaven to earth to redeem creation, our communities and our own lives.

So we ask for this same redemptive power to be unleashed among us as it was on the day of Pentecost.

That we may be empowered by your spirit to grieve with those who are grieving.
That we may be empowered by your spirit to stand with the oppressed.
That we may be empowered by your spirit to speak out against the systems that produce young men and women who must fight to stay alive and free.

That we may be empowered by your spirit to move towards people in peace and love.

We cry out today Lord, not just for those this week but for all those effected by hatred and violence, bring healing into this world.

Prayer of Confession

Confession allows us a moment to honestly reveal our hopes and pains.
Let us cry out to God as a community.

O Lord our words don’t work anymore
We talk and sing till the air is warm
But we can’t convey what needs to be said
We need your Word to cure our dread!
Yes, we need your Word to cure our dread!

O Lord our ears don’t work anymore
Our neighbors cry but we’re deaf for sure
So we cannot hear what your Spirit says
We need your voice to raise the dead!
Yes, we need your voice to raise the dead!

O Lord our hands don’t work any more
We thought they did but they’ve grown quite worn
From building shrines to gods unknown
We need you Lord to reclaim your throne!
Yes, we need you Lord to reclaim your throne!

O Lord our feet don’t work any more
We crawl around in the dirt evermore
We’ve chosen paths that scar and mame
Savior bring healing to the lame!
Savior, bring healing to the lame!

O Lord our heads don’t work any more
We think we know the truth for sure
But we get so lost in thoughts base and vain
Humble us with wisdom’s reigns!
Yes, humble us with wisdom’s reigns!

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Credit to Richard Kentop Music Pastor at Servant Church Austin for writing this beautiful song we used as a Prayer of Confession.

Check it it out here.

Prayers of the People

We now invite you into a time of prayer. This is an opportunity for us to support one another and participate by sharing our prayer requests.

We have limited time and many may need to share. Please keep your prayers to a sentence or two so that others will have a chance to share as well.  

We welcome the guests among us and join together to pay attention to the needs of others. This way, you can continue to pray with them after Liturgy and throughout the week.

Begin by standing where you are, speaking up and introducing yourself.

If you have something you’re thankful for, end your prayer with…

Let us bless the Lord” and we’ll respond together, “Thanks be to God.

If you have something you’d like prayer for, end your prayer with…

Let us pray to the Lord” and we’ll respond together, “Lord, have mercy.

“With the prayers that have been spoken, and those that are unspoken,

let us finish by praying the Lord’s prayer together…”

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For yours is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory.
Forever and ever.

Amen.

Eucharist

The peace of Christ is always with you.
And also with you.

Most generous God,
we celebrate your gift of creation,
and we thank you for your constant love for all you have made.

Your breath gives us life; you call us into new life.
You did not reject us when we rejected you,
but you delivered us from separation and death
to a joyful life in communion with you and all your creatures.

Out of your desire to draw us into your love,
Jesus was born into the human family
and remained with people who were outcast.

He walks today among us.
He touches us with your love.
He gave himself freely to life, and triumphed over evil.
He restores us to life by refusing to abandon us
and remaining faithful to you and to us.

On the night before he died,
Jesus was at table with his friends.
He took bread, and when he had given thanks to You,
he broke it, gave it to them and said,

“Take, eat: This is my Body which is broken for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper Jesus took the cup, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood, poured out for you and for all.
As often as you drink this, remember me.”

Now come together to the table, passionate believers and hopeful skeptics alike.  Come because the Lord invites us to this remembrance of Jesus’ death, broken sinners in a disrupted world made right through the cross.

Come as a people who expect that the Spirit who raised Jesus from that death is bringing new life.
Come and proclaim together that God’s work is not done. 

The elements are gluten and alcohol free so that all may participate. Parents are invited to gather your children from class so that families can come together. The table is now open.

Let us finish our time of communion together 

by reading aloud this prayer.

Holy loving God, you have nourished us at your table with food and drink, the body and Blood of Christ. Now send us forth to be your people in the world, and to proclaim your truth, this day and evermore.

Amen.

Benediction

Austin Mustard Seed, as we leave today:

Let us not rush to the language of healing,
before understanding the fullness of the injury and the depth of the wound.

Let us not rush to offer a band-aid,
when the gaping wound requires surgery and complete reconstruction.

Let us not offer false equivalencies, thereby diminishing the particular pain being felt in a particular circumstance in a particular historical moment.

Let us not speak of reconciliation without speaking of reparations and restoration,
or how we can repair the breach and how we can restore the loss.

Let us not rush past the loss of this mother’s child, this father’s child…someone’s beloved son.

Let us not value property over people;
let us not protect material objects while human lives hang in the balance.

Let us not value a false peace over a righteous justice.

Let us not be afraid to sit with the ugliness, the messiness, and the pain
that is life in community together.

Let us not offer clichés to the grieving, those whose hearts are being torn asunder.

Instead…

Let us weep at a criminal justice system, which is neither blind nor just.

Let us call for the mourning men and the wailing women,
those willing to rend their garments of privilege and ease,
and sit in the ashes of this nation’s original sin.

Let us be silent when we don’t know what to say.

Let us be humble and listen to the pain, rage, and grief pouring from the lips of our neighbors and friends.

Let us decrease, so that our brothers and sisters who live on the underside of history may increase.

Let us listen to the shattering glass and let us smell the purifying fires,
for it is the language of the unheard.

Let us pray with our eyes open and our feet firmly planted on the ground…

Go in Peace,
Live the Church,
See you throughout the week.

 

Baptism Picnic this Sunday!

June 24th, 2016

Chris Morton

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Baptism is the Church’s oldest tradition: a public act of welcoming a new believer into their journey with Jesus.

After Liturgy on Sunday, June 26, we’ll head to the home of Josiah and Lauren Lowe (5603 Cedro Trail) to celebrate baptism.

Stick around for lunch from Zoe’s Kitchen. Bring your own suit so you can swim, too!

To learn more about Baptism, check out John’s recent lesson. If you’d like to discussed being baptized yourself, send him an email.

Summer Parables: More Seeds!

June 21st, 2016

Chris Morton

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Throughout the summer we’re hearing from various voices from within Austin Mustard Seed. Each will discuss a different parable of Jesus. The parable’s are stories Jesus told to describe how God is at work in our world.

Because he lived in agricultural time, Jesus often discussed seeds! This Sunday, we’ll hear a second pararable, from Mark 4:26-29.

“This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”

See you Sunday!

Ash Wednesday is Tomorrow

February 9th, 2016

Chris Morton

Wednesday marks the beginning of the season on the Christian calendar known as Lent. Lent is an opportunity to give up distractions, and focus on how to make the most of our time on earth.

On Wednesday at 7pm, we’ll join with our friends at Vox Veniae at Space12 to mark the beginning of the season.

Midweek Groups are highly encouraged to attend together. Contact your facilitator to discuss your group’s plan.

Where to Park this Coming Sunday

January 20th, 2016

Chris Morton

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Keep an Eye Out for Runners this Sunday

This Sunday, January 24, the 3M Half Marathon will pass directly alongside our meeting space. (This is not to be confused with the Austin Marathon on February 14, when we’ll have a special brunch.)

Below is the map of the route. Although we expect the race to be finished before people begin to arrive for Liturgy, please plan accordingly. We recommend you approach from I-35 and the East!