Praise

Let us do what is right, with prayer and praise:

We rejoice in your renewal, O Creator
alleluia, amen
and we celebrate the labor to which we are called.

We rejoice that we are not surrendered to death
— alleluia, amen —
and we celebrate your name on this day.

We preach the women’s witness, O Christ
— alleluia, amen —
and we testify to the grace of life.

We preach the tears through which we recognize you
— alleluia, amen 
and we testify to your glory to spite death.

We claim the resurrection power of freedom, O Spirit
—¬†alleluia, amen —
and we heed the call to tend vineyards instead of lynching trees.

We claim the healing of your steadfast love
— alleluia, amen —
and we heed the trembling of earth to bless all creation.

Let our praise be unbounded, alleluia and amen.

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Of One Heart and Soul

Of one heart and soul, make us:
one heart sharing hope,
one soul witnessing life,
one heart bearing grief,
one soul crying “Justice!”

Of one heart and soul, make us:
one heart bleeding in the street,
one soul drowning in the river,
one heart longing for freedom,
one soul searing from separation.

Of one heart and soul, make us:
one heart healing from death’s wounds,
one soul believing the impossible mystery,
one heart singing in courageous fellowship,
one soul committing to abundant life.

Of one heart and soul, make us, we pray —
our LORD and our God!

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Of First Importance (Easter Sunday)

Of first importance: Life, hallelujah!
Life beyond understanding,
life renewed despite death,
life growing and changing,
life outside of time & flesh,
life created in blessing — hallelujah!

Of first importance: Grace, hallelujah!
Grace unhindered by guilt,
grace multiplying with love,
grace to comfort our hearts,
grace with partiality to joy,
grace upon grace upon grace — hallelujah!

Of first importance: Witness, hallelujah!
Witness unafraid to see death,
witness welcoming a stranger,
witness in a name and a face,
witness remaining til the end,
witness telling a new story before it unfolds — hallelujah!

on 1 Corinthians 15:3a
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Easter Sunday

Even before the dawn breaks,
you are with us.

Even while our spirits are broken,
you rebuild us.

Though we are too weary to run,
you renew us.

Though we are too slow to believe
but quickly ardent in idolization,
you remain our God.

When we barely remember our names
and all hope seems lost to the grave,
you love us forever.

Now the eyes of our hearts are opened
and the song on our lips is pure joy.
Beloved Resurrection!

resurrection

on John 20:1-18 with Jeremiah 31:1-6
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