Any Party by Feist
you are God;
you speak to a world of brutal rule
and shallow indifference:
may the one who came to sit at the table
with the victimized and excluded
disturb our barren peace
and call us to another feast
where only love may rule;
through Jesus Christ, the bride/groom.
Lines for People After the Party
by Alex Dimitrov
After the Party
by Alison Stine
Jesus responded by speaking again in parables: “The kindom of heaven is like this: there was a ruler who prepared a party for the wedding of the family’s heir; but when the ruler sent out workers to summon the invited guests, they wouldn’t come. The ruler sent other workers, telling them to say to the guests, ‘I have prepared this party for you. My oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding.’ But they took no notice; one went off to their farm, another to their business, and the rest seized the workers, attacking them brutally and killing them. The ruler was furious and dispatched troops who destroyed those murderers and burned their town.
Then the ruler said to the workers, ‘The wedding party is prepared, but those who were invited weren’t worthy. Therefore, go to the roads on the edge of town and invite everyone you find to the wedding party.’
“Then those workers went to the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding party was full of guests. Now the ruler came in and saw the guests, spotting a guest who wasn’t wearing wedding clothes. ‘My friend,’ said the ruler, ‘why are you here without a wedding garment?’ But the guest was silent. Then the ruler said to the attendants, ‘Bind this guest hand and foot, and throw them out into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
“Many people are invited, but few people are chosen.”
Save the Party by Grouplove
Prayer from Space
by Frank Borman, adapted
Give us, O God,
the vision which can see Thy love in the world
in spite of human failure.
Give us the faith to trust Thy goodness
in spite of ignorance and weakness.
Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray
with understanding hearts, and show us
what each one of us can do to set forth
the coming of the day of universal peace.
The Lord’s Prayer
Holy Presence, your name is truly sacred.
May your vision for the world be realized,
and may your will be done in our lives as it is in heaven.
Provide us with the goodness of food
and remind us to enjoy it mindfully.
Forgive us for the times that we have rushed through life,
not noticing the small miracles around us.
And please forgive those who haven’t had enough time to notice us.
Lead us all into abundant life
in the here-and-now of our lives,
and lead us away from the busyness
that makes us live too far in the past or future.
For the here-and-now Kin-dom,
and here-and-now glory are yours this moment and forever. Amen!
Party Police by Alvvays
Saranam (Refuge) Blessing
All that we love
into your keeping.
All that we care for
into your care.
Be with us by day,
be with us by night;
and as dark closes
the eyelids with sleep,
may we waken
to the peace of a new day.
And may the blessing of God – the Parent, the Child, and the Womb,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.