You’re So Vain by Carly Simon
impatient with your otherness
we make you into an idol
to serve our own needs:
humble our arrogance
by the strangeness of your coming
and the wonder of your mercy;
Narcissist Advice Column
by Hinemoana Baker
my frantic menus in your mind.
I taste of them all. Refuse to refuse me.
Waste your time on my errands.
Squeeze your lime on my lemons.
Turn up wearing the whole bird not just the feathers.
by Michael Ryan
Jesus told this parable to certain people who had convinced themselves that they were righteous and who looked on everyone else with disgust: “Two people went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed about themself with these words, ‘God, I thank you that I’m not like everyone else—crooks, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week. I give a tenth of everything I receive.’ But the tax collector stood at a distance. They wouldn’t even lift their eyes to look toward heaven. Rather, they struck their chest and said, ‘God, show mercy to me, a sinner.’ I tell you, this person went down to their home justified rather than the Pharisee. All who lift themselves up will be brought low, and those who make themselves low will be lifted up.”
Applause by Lady Gaga
by unknown, adapted
Enlighten what’s bleak in us,
Strengthen what’s weak in us,
Mend what’s broken in us,
Bind what’s bruised in us,
Heal what’s sick in us,
Revive whatever peace and love
has died in us.
The Lord’s Prayer
infused throughout all existence,
we honour you with many names.
Your realm is within the human heart.
We accept life for all that it can be,
on earth as throughout all creation.
May we continue to draw sustenance from this earth,
and may we receive forgiveness equal to our own.
May we ever move from separation toward union,
to live in grace, with love in our hearts, forever and ever.
I Love Myself by The Wannadies
May God’s joy be in our hearts
and God’s love surround our living.
Each day and night and
wherever we roam,
may we know God’s presence.
In growing and learning,
in joy and sorrow,
in beginnings and endings,
may God keep us and bless us
all the days of our lives.
May the blessing of God – the Beginning, the End, and the Everlasting,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.