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Be careful what you pray for

When we pray come, Lord Jesus Do we mean to say come, you malnourished stranger come, you unwanted migrant come, you ragged child come, you crying crack baby come, you dirty panhandler come, you dying alcoholic come, …

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Praying to God

I sometimes wonder if God ever tires of our prayers. Weekends must be the worst. Friday prayers at the mosques, Saturday appeals in the synagogues, Sunday petitions from the churches. An endless round of requests. Do this, …

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 2: Pluralism and Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: Pluralism Sunday. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Poetry.

the lord watch over your going out

Do you ever find it odd
that worshipers are greeted
as they leave the sanctuary?

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All are welcome

The sign outside the church
said “all are welcome.”
Perhaps they meant to say
all who look like us are welcome,

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry, Sacred Community, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 3: Inclusive Community and Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Poetry.

This Earth Is Full of Beauty

From the Boundless Life collection

This Earth is full of beauty
For those with open eyes;
This world is full of wonder
Which makes the pilgrim wise.

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Good Friday Words

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” The quintessential cry of despair, when all hope is lost.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Holy Week and Lent. Texts: Mark. Resource Types: Readings and Spiritual Journey Reflections.

Good Friday?

That Friday, oh so long ago,
Why do we call it ‘Good’?
It tells a wretched tale of woe,
Of thorns and cross of wood.

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Topics: Arts and Music and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Holy Week and Lent. Resource Types: Hymns.

Crucifixion

A poem by Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966)

“Weep not for Me, Mother, 

in the grave I have life.”

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Topics: Devotional, Fiction and Poetry, and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Holy Week and Lent. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

Pity

: From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

I don’t want your pity, just help change my world, change my world.

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Thank You, Thank You

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

Thank you, thank you, thank you God
For the gift, the gift of life.
Thank you, thank you, thank you God
For the peace beyond all strife.

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Blow Your Whistle

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

Blow your whistle, beat your drum,
God’s new way is full of fun.
Have a party, bake a cake,
Everyone should celebrate.

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Old Fashioned Cameras

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

At times we’re like old-fashioned cameras
Seeing life as black or white.
At times we’re like deleted scanners
Printing only dull or bright.

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