God of compassion and mercy, you claim each one of us as your children. Like a parent, you are joyful when we find joy and your heart aches when we fall, fail, or feel less than the beloved heirs to the kingdom you meant us to be. The yoke the Bible describes doesn’t burden us but reminds us that you yearn for us to be a church, a community, that supports, steadies, and sustains when life makes us weary. The gifts we give this day we give in gratitude for this yoke that helps us finish the race in faithfulness. Bless our giving and its use, we pray in Christ’s name. Amen. (Matt 11:16-19, 25-30)
Taking the Yoke
The Path of the Disciple: Learning to Grow
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A
On the path of a disciple, we are learning to grow in our relationships with Christ and with the community. It begins when we take the yoke.