Monday, September 17, 2012


"We are people who must sing You,
          for the sake of our very lives.
You are a God who must be sung by us,
          for the sake of Your majesty and honor.

And so we thank You,
          for lyrics that push us past our reasons,
          for melodies that break open our givens,
          for cadences that locate us home,
                    beyond all our safe places,
          for tones and tunes that open our lives beyond control
                    and our futures beyond despair.

We thank You for the long parade of mothers and fathers
          who have sung You deep and true;
We thank You for the good company
          of artists, poets, musicians, cantors, and instruments
          that sing for us and with us, toward You.

We are witnesses to Your mercy and splendor.
We will not keep silent... ever again. Amen."


so grateful for this book that always reminds my heart Who i get to know.

hoping and planning to spend lots of time in it this fall.

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Human Needs Global Resources Covenant, 2009

As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.