You and the Father by Radar Brothers
Trinity of love,
you are our source, our goal, our life:
may we be born again in you
no more to live
alone and unconnected,
but sharing in the Spirit’s breath
and carried to your heart;
through Jesus Christ, who lifts us up.
They came to work fields of barley & flax,
from slave to servant & half-freeman.
Decades of seasons changed the city
They danced Ashanti. They lived
owned them in six & a half acres
what was most easily forgotten,
shoulder rock & heave loose gravel
chasing away ghosts at lunch break?
between old denials & new arrivals,
by Sophie Collins
There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a Jewish leader. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could do these miraculous signs that you do unless God is with them.”
Jesus answered, “I assure you, unless someone is born anew, it’s not possible to see God’s kindom.”
Nicodemus asked, “How is it possible for an adult to be born? It’s impossible to enter my mother’s womb for a second time and be born, isn’t it?”
Jesus answered, “I assure you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, it’s not possible to enter God’s kindom. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. Don’t be surprised that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’ God’s Spirit blows wherever it wishes. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. It’s the same with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus said, “How are these things possible?”
Jesus answered, “You are a teacher of Israel and you don’t know these things? I assure you that we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you don’t receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Human One. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so must the Human One be lifted up so that everyone who believes in the Human One will have eternal life. Yes, God so loved the world as to give the Only Begotten One, that whoever believes may not die, but have eternal life. God sent the Only Begotten into the world not to condemn the world, but that through the Only Begotten the world might be saved.”
Son of a Preacher Man by Janis Joplin
by N.T. Wright, adapted
Abba almighty, maker of heaven and earth:
set up your kingdom in our midst.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God:
have mercy on me, a sinner.
Holy Spirit, breath of the living God:
Renew me and all the world.
The Lord’s Prayer
O Thou, The Breathing Life of all,
In the roar and whisper, in the breeze and the whirlwind, we hear your name.
Help us let go, clear the space inside,
Creating a holy place within for your light to shine.
Unite our “I can” to yours,
So that we walk as kings and queens with every creature.
Your heart’s fervent desire then acts with ours.
As in all sound and light, so in all creatures on the earth.
Give us the food we need to grow through each new day.
Produce in us the wisdom and understanding we need at each new stage of our lives.
Help us to let go of our past, the hidden guilt of our failures,
Just as we consistently release others of the knots of their guilt.
Let us not become lost in busyness, in the surface appearance of things. But free us from what holds us back.
May abundance, fertile power, and glorious harmony return again and again, in each new age. May this be the ground from which all our actions grow. Amen.
Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum
May the Spirit be the storm
that shakes the foundations,
the leap of new fire,
which turns oppression to ash;
may her wildness seduce us
with holy desire;
and the blessing of God,
the Lover, the Beloved and the Love,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.