1. PRAYER: Choices by Lisa Degrenia
Your word provides examples
Examples to follow and examples to avoid
You do not sugarcoat life
You reveal the destructive consequences
of vain, self-serving lives
You reveal the vicious injustice
of fear-full, pride-full, impulsive choices
We call on your mercy and healing
for faith-full living
Grant us a compassionate, courageous, teachable spirits,
so we may choose your way and life
no matter the cost
In Jesus’ name we trust and pray
2. QUOTE: by Wendell Berry
Sowing the seed, my hand is one with the earth.
Wanting the seed to grow, my mind is one with the light.
Hoeing the crop, my hands are one with the rain.
Having cared for the plants, my mind is one with the air.
Hungry and trusting, my mind is one with the earth.
Eating the fruit, my body is one with the earth
3. SERMON: by Lisa Degrenia
3. PRAYER: Calm Our Hearts by Lisa Degrenia
God our Refuge, calm our hearts when evil abounds
They run to lonesome places, screaming an alarm
Calm our hearts so we can find you above the fear
God our Strength, calm our hearts when evil abounds
They race to revenge, pounding with anger
Calm our hearts so we can hear you above the hammering
God our Help, calm our hearts when evil abounds
They rush to human strength, grasping for control
Calm our hearts so we can hold
to your way, your truth, and your life
Calm our hearts so they may beat in unison with yours
So healing may flow into all brokenness
So hope may fill all devastation
So compassion and peace and unity may rise up among all people
God our Strength, our Refuge, our Help
We entrust our lives to you
We step forward with you in your saving work
© 2021 You are welcome to use the original portions of this work in a worship setting with proper attribution. (by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, http://www.revlisad.com) Please leave a comment for information and permission to publish this work in any form.
I so appreciate your talent for liturgy. I would like to use this as a congregational litany on July 11, 2021 at First UMC of Mount Dora with proper attribution to Rev. Degrenia. Blessings, Rev. David Averill
David, I’m honored by your encouragement and that this will be part of worship. Our family had the joy of touring the stained glass windows at the last Mount Dora Art Festival. Many blessings to you and your congregation. – Lisa <