Fear on Fire by Ruelle
you save us from the flood
of violence and despair:
reach out to us
when faith is weak,
when we are going under
and make us unafraid
to walk with you;
through Jesus Christ,
by Jody Gladding
many people live in fear these days they drove up
all four of them in a small car nice boy they said
beautiful dogs they said so friendly the man ahead
of the woman the other two waiting in the drive I
was outside digging up the garden no one home I said
what are you selling anyway I’m not interested I
said well you have a nice day they said here’s our
card there’s a phone number you can call anytime
any other houses down this road anyone else live
here we’d like to talk to them about living in fear
You are Afraid of the Dark
by Kathryn Nuernberger
Right then, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead to the other side of the lake while he dismissed the crowds. When he sent them away, he went up onto a mountain by himself to pray. Evening came and he was alone. Meanwhile, the boat, fighting a strong headwind, was being battered by the waves and was already far away from land. Very early in the morning he came to his disciples, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” They were so frightened they screamed.
Just then Jesus spoke to them, “Be encouraged! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.”
Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.”
And Jesus said, “Come.”
Then Peter got out of the boat and was walking on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter saw the strong wind, he became frightened. As he began to sink, he shouted, “Lord, rescue me!”
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him, saying, “You of weak faith! Why did you begin to have doubts?” When they got into the boat, the wind settled down.
Then those in the boat worshipped Jesus and said, “You must be God’s Child!”
Experiment in Terror by Henry Mancini
by Akanu Ibiam, adapted
we beseech you to deliver us,
from the fear of the unknown future,
from fear of failure,
from fear of poverty,
from fear of sickness and pain,
from fear of age,
and fear of death.
Help us, O God,
by your grace and love.
Fill our hearts with courage
and loving trust in you.
The Lord’s Prayer
Loving God, within and around us, we revere you.
We seek to live life as you would want us to do;
with love and respect for all people
and all things in the universe.
May we find each day sufficient for our needs,
and find forgiveness when we do wrong,
just as we forgive those who do wrong to us.
In times of trouble, may we centre our lives in you.
For your being is love,
which comes with strength and with beauty,
throughout eternity. Amen.
I Won’t Be Afraid by Sisyphus
Saranam (Refuge) Blessing
Receive our thanks for night and day,
for food and shelter, rest and play.
Be here our guest and with us stay,
saranam, saranam, saranam.
And may the blessing of God – the Speaker, the Word, and the Speaking,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.