Nobody Knows by The Lumineers
our false securities
and idle vanity:
from the dull sleep
that clings to empty fear
and vacant routine;
unfold on us the time of crisis
when love of truth
floods a thirsty world;
by Marsha De La O
coping skills lost in the flood
teenage broken phone
“But nobody knows when that day or hour will come, not the heavenly angels and not the Only Begotten. Only Abba God knows. As it was in the time of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Human One. In those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. They didn’t know what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. The coming of the Human One will be like that. At that time there will be two people in the field. One will be taken and the other left. Two people will be grinding at the mill. One will be taken and the other left. Therefore, be vigilant! You don’t know what day the Saviour is coming. But you understand that if the owner of the house knew at what time the thief would come, they would keep alert and wouldn’t allow the thief to break into their house. Therefore, you also should be prepared, because the Human One will come at a time you don’t know.
Fox Confessor Brings the Flood by Neko Case
by Catarina Mesquita-Reynolds (age 9), adapted
We pray for peace between countries.
We pray for people to reach out to
other people with the hand of generosity
And not to be unkind but to care;
Not to argue but to open up discussion;
To befriend and not fight or bully;
To accept others nationalities and
not to be racist.
To look for the good in other people
and not find fault in others;
Not to be bewitched by money
but to give to the poor.
Not to use religion as a weapon
but to use it as a support and actual
And finally, not to hate but
forgive and love.
The Lord’s Prayer
Most compassionate Life-giver,
may we honour and praise you:
may we work with you to establish
your new order of justice, peace and love.
Give us what we need for growth,
and help us, through forgiving others,
to accept forgiveness.
Strengthen us in the time of testing,
that we may resist all evil.
For all the tenderness,
strength and love are yours,
now and forever. Amen.
Nobody Knows the Troubles I’ve Seen by Mahalia Jackson
Bless to us, O Lord,
the earth beneath our feet;
bless to us, O Lord,
the path we tread:
our walk this day with the Creator,
our walk this day with the Redeemer,
our walk this day with the Spirit.
May the blessing of God – the Existing, the Living, and the Speaking,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.