Psalm 4 – remix

Psalm 4 – remix

This piece was originally published on the UCC Worship Ways website. God, The Advocate - Make thy true self known! How long will your name be used to prop up those in power? As they lash out in insecure anguish, feeling their thrones cracking, crumbling, decaying, with scripture they suppress! Through these words of kings past, they hear their own pain, rebuking those who protest their rule. Individualizing struggles, fearing collective power, they encourage us to pray through our problems - alone and in silence. Too many of them say: “Oh that things might never change! May God protect the...

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Psalm 78 – remix

Psalm 78 – remix

Originally published on the UCC Worship Ways website Beloveds, remember this! Though we speak in modern language, these holy truths reach from generations past. The sacred stories we tell are made of the stuff that lasts when everything else fades away. They come from sources of wisdom tried and tested through struggle and silence. When the ones before us were pressed to their spiritual limits, bound by oppressive restraints, made weary by loss, these truths were a lifeline. It reaches to us still today. It is our medicine, our strength, our memory, our future. No matter the risks we face,...

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Magnificat

Magnificat

A modern interpretation of Mary's Magnificat (Luke 1:47-55) from enfleshed: My soul is alive with thoughts of God. What a wonder, Their liberating works. Though the world has been harsh to me, God has shown me kindness, seen my worth, and called me to courage. Surely, those who come after me will call me blessed. Even when my heart weighs heavy with grief, still, so does hope abide with me. Holy is the One who makes it so. From generation to generation, Love’s Mercy is freely handed out; None are beyond the borders of God’s transforming compassion. The power of God is revealed among those...

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1 Corinthians 12:4-26 modern remix

1 Corinthians 12:4-26 modern remix

Though we bring different gifts, it is the same Spirit who makes them alive in us. There are so many ways to serve the vision of Love. None of us are without something to bring to the work of the common good. To one, the Spirit gives wisdom and to another, the strength to weep for all that is lost, to another, the belief that change is possible among us, to another, a soft presence that heals in the midst of destruction, to another, a spirit that inspires and compels, To another, the courage to name what is making us all ill, To another, discernment about what is good and what is evil, To...

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On love, clanging cymbals, and resounding gongs

On love, clanging cymbals, and resounding gongs

We know what love is. We have seen it. We have felt it. Love lives in us. In our collective life together. But we lose touch with it, in the noise - in the clanging cymbals and resounding gongs that surround. This noise speaks in hate and bigotry, breaking or hardening our hearts to love. But it learns, also, how to speak in our languages of love and unity and tolerance and diversity…using so many good words. Enticing words. Seductive words. They prey on the best of us. Speaking to our good intentions, offering words that make unethical choices feel good enough. At least it's something. As...

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An enfleshed reinterpretation of 1 Corinthians 2:6-8, 10-14.

An enfleshed reinterpretation of 1 Corinthians 2:6-8, 10-14.

Those who have been listening for quite some time now embrace wisdom. Not the wisdom of this age or its rulers - for their thrones will crumble. But God's wisdom. This wisdom is not easily perceived. It is hidden. Tucked away. Concealed. Covered up. Not by God but by all that works against God. But not to worry. Those who search earnestly for it will find it. In lingering. And paying attention. In unlearning. And shifting loyalties. In finding ourselves in each other. Glimpses, even, will do wonders. This wisdom has been around so much longer than any of us. It is the life and breath and...

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