God of peace,
God of justice
God of freedom,
We give you thanks for your cadences of peace, justice, and freedom
Cadences that have surged
through the lives
and all that nameless mass of
risk-takers who have been
obedient to your promises
and susceptible to your dreams.
Deliver us from amnesia
concerning their courage in the face of violence,
their peace-making against hate,
and their hunger for you in a devouring economy.
Deliver us from amnesia:
turn our memory into hope,
turn our gratitude into energy,
turn our well-being into impatience.
That these same cadences of your will may pulse even among us.
Song of Invitation
"Give Me Your Hand"
Mvmnt 1: Recognition
1 Corinthians 1:18,26-31
"Oh Lord, You're Beautiful"
Recognition Of Souls
Mvmnt 2: Affirmation
"You Found Me"
Prompts for contemplation:
Mvmnt 3: Invitation
2 Samuel 9:1-11
Reprise Song Of Invitation
"Give Me Your Hand"
Take, O Lord
and receive my entire liberty,
my memory, my understanding and
my whole will.
All that I am and all that I possess, thou hast given me:
I surrender it all to Thee to be disposed according to Thy will.
Give me only Thy love and Thy grace;
with these I will be rich enough and will desire nothing more.
When we arrive at a month with a 5th Sunday, we take it as an opportunity to spend the morning moving through three liturgical movements. Each movement looks like this:
We also follow a theme during each Movement Sunday. In January 2017, the theme was Leaving, with the following movements:
Here is the entirety of the Liturgy of Leaving for the morning:
Because part of our recording was corrupted, we have included the original studio recordings of the songs on the podcast instead of our live recordings. Text for the prayers are below.
A Hard, Deep Call To Obedience
You are the God who makes extravagant promises.
We relish your great promises
and we exude in them.
Only to find out, always way too late,
that your promise always comes
in the midst of a hard, deep call to obedience.
You are the God who calls people like us,
and the long list of mothers and fathers
who trusted the promise enough to
keep the call.
So we give you thanks that you are a calling God,
who calls always to dangerous new
We pray enough of your grace and mercy among us
that we may be among those
who believe your promises enough
to respond to your call.
We pray in the one who embodied your promise
and enacted your call, even Jesus.
From A Wendell Berry Poem
As soon as the generals and the politicos can predict the motion of your mind,
Leave it as a sign to mark the false trail, the way you didn’t go.
Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction.
Prayer Of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.