Instinct Blues by The White Stripes
walking to Golgotha
in the midst of confusion:
free us from our images of you
which keep you enthroned in idle power,
apart from the pain and sin of the world;
lead us to let our violence die
that greater life might rise;
through Jesus Christ,
by Karen Solie
The Tenacious Devil Who Doesn’t Exist
by Adélia Prado
translated by Ellen Doré Watson
than this plane in the sky.
And his love
which is where my fear comes from,
that sea of delights
where planes crash
and ships founder,
I know oh so well,
and I also know what a disastrous thing it is
to be the body of time,
the intermittent terror.
Jonathan, if death is love
– if I’m so certain – am I still afraid?
How can a fish be happy when I’m not?
Strange, this business of being human.
I opened the door one evening,
and there was a toad
with this throbbing gullet,
a gentle toad.
And I thought: it’s Jonathan in disguise
come to visit me.
Even so, I shooed him away with a broom
and went to watch television.
Under a starry sky,
I was sleepless, astonished.
God’s love is Beauty,
they’re one and the same.
I want to be holy like Agnes
who flies on the wings of beetles
singing to soothe me
with her little girl’s voice:
“Cast off the chains
around your neck,
O captive daughter of Zion.”
Airplanes are scary
because God is in them.
Embrace me, God, with Your
flesh and blood arm.
Sing with Your mouth
to keep me innocent.
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and legal experts, and that he had to be killed and raised on the third day. Then Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him: “God forbid, Lord! This won’t happen to you.” But he turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are a stone that could make me stumble, for you are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.”
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will find them. Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives? What will people give in exchange for their lives? For the Human One is about to come with the majesty of Abba God and angels. And then God will repay each one for what that person has done. I assure you that some standing here won’t die before they see the Human One coming in God’s kindom.”
Can’t Live with the World by Laura Mvula
by Rev Ann B Day, adapted
lover of lion and lizard, cedar and cactus, raindrop and river,
we praise You for the splendour of the world!
We thank You, that woven throughout the tapestry of earth
are the varied threads of human diversity.
Created in Your image, we are of many colours and cultures,
ages and classes, gender and sexual identities.
Different and alike, we are Your beloved people.
Free us, we pray, from fears of difference that divide and wound us.
Move us to dismantle our attitudes and systems of prejudice.
Renew our commitment to make this a safe world for all people,
that all may feel the grace and love of God.
Grant us minds and hearts eager to learn, reluctant to judge,
and responsive to the leading of Your loving Spirit. We ask in Christ’s name,
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.
Follow by Whitney
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.