If I had a Rocket Launcher by Bruce Cockburn
your passion sweeps away
the calculating religion,
the pious profiteering
which keeps us safely outside the holy places:
may we find our way through the debris
of all that protected us
to find your dangerous heart
and our world upside down;
by Philip Schultz
It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple those who were selling cattle, sheep, and doves, as well as those involved in exchanging currency sitting there. He made a whip from ropes and chased them all out of the temple, including the cattle and the sheep. He scattered the coins and overturned the tables of those who exchanged currency. He said to the dove sellers, “Get these things out of here! Don’t make God’s house a place of business.” His disciples remembered that it is written, Passion for your house consumes me.
Then the Jewish leaders asked him, “By what authority are you doing these things? What miraculous sign will you show us?”
Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple and in three days I’ll raise it up.”
The Jewish leaders replied, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and you will raise it up in three days?” But the temple Jesus was talking about was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered what he had said, and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
The World Turned Upside Down by Billy Bragg
Abbess Gertrude More, adapted
We are grateful, O God, for your grace of prayer;
whereby we have our conversation in heaven;
whereby all impediments are removed,
so that nothing can separate us from your goodness,
for time and for eternity.
The Lord’s Prayer
Heavenly Father, heavenly Mother,
Holy and blessed is your true name.
We pray for your reign of peace to come,
We pray that your good will be done,
Let heaven and earth become one.
Give us this day the bread we need,
Give it to those who have none.
Let forgiveness flow like a river between us,
From each one to each one.
Lead us to holy innocence
Beyond the evil of our days —
Come swiftly Mother, Father, Parent, come.
For yours is the power and the glory and the mercy:
Forever your name is All in One.
Talkin’ Bout a Revolution by Tracy Chapman
May the crucified Christ
shatter our brittle fear,
draw all people to God’s glory,
and make us servants
living for the world;
and the blessing of God,
the One Who Was, the One Who Is and the One Who Is to Come, be with us and remain with us always. Amen.