Carry Me Out by Mitski
in whose eyes
there are no favourites
only beloved children:
cure our quest
for status symbols;
give us grace
to live as learners
and followers of your word;
through Jesus Christ, who was so we might rise.
by Fanny Howe
pushes all matter
with a root element of null.
None is always included
in every cluster
of children.Nothing in nothing
Yet a fresh light was shed
for me climbing the stairs
firm foot first.
Everything was in the banister:
crows on branches, crickets,
architects, handsaws and democrats.
Red moon at 3 am.
by Randall Mann
She left my father after forty years.
She was like, Happy anniversary, goodbye;I respect that.
The moon tonight is dazzling, is full
of itself but not quite full.
A man should not love the moon, said Milosz.
Not exactly. He translated himself
into saying it. A man should not love translation;
there’s so much I can’t know. An hour ago,
marking time with someone I would like to like,
we passed some trees and there were crickets
(crickets!) chirping right off Divisadero.
I touched his hand, and for a cold moment
I was like a child again,
nothing more, nothing less.
Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and his disciples, “The legal experts and the Pharisees sit on Moses’s seat. Therefore, you must take care to do everything they say. But don’t do what they do. For they tie together heavy packs that are impossible to carry. They put them on the shoulders of others, but are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. Everything they do, they do to be noticed by others. They make extra-wide prayer bands for their arms and long tassels for their clothes. They love to sit in places of honour at banquets and in the synagogues.They love to be greeted with honour in the markets and to be addressed as ‘Rabbi.’
“But you shouldn’t be called Rabbi, because you have one teacher, and all of you are siblings. Don’t call anybody on earth your Abba, because you have one Abba, who is heavenly. Don’t be called teacher, because Christ is your one teacher. But the one who is greatest among you will be your servant. All who lift themselves up will be brought low. But all who make themselves low will be lifted up.
Heavy Love by Serena Ryder
by Dadi Janki, adapted
God, fill our hearts with pure energy,
with true love, true peace, and true happiness…
That the feeling upon receiving it is ‘Yes, this is what we
were missing, this is what we were looking for.’
The Lord’s Prayer
Blessed be your working;
Soon be your appearing;
Done be your desiring.
Our bread provide us;
Our debts forgive us;
From trials free us.
One and Only by Adele
May God give us to drink of God’s cup;
may the sun be bright upon us;
may the night call down peace;
and when we come to God’s household
may the door be open wide
for us to go in to our joy.
And may the blessing of God – the Creator, the Saviour, and the Sanctifier,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.