A friend calls this liturgical season the Festival of Lists.

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This list is a work of fiction.  Any resemblance to actual lists, in process or completed, is purely coincidental.

In this season
of all the lists
all the liturgies
all the last-minute glitches
we ask, O God, for your blessing:

A blessing of a photocopier that keeps copying.

A blessing of volunteers who bear with one another
and with their pastors with generosity and good humour.

A blessing of reasonably accurate proofreading of all printed bulletins, or at least the kind of proofreading that avoids gasps or blushes during worship.

A blessing of enough clean clothes to make it through Holy Week.

A blessing of perseverance.

A blessing of peace.

Dear God,
we know that whether or not everything goes smoothly…
whether or not all the lists get checked off…
whether or not we have vacuumed the entrance way…
you are still the God
made known to us in Jesus
whose life and death and
lifegiving resurrection we celebrate in this season.
Help us to remember that.
Help us to rejoice in that.
By your grace sustain us,
Amen.


Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  She works as a counsellor and spiritual director in private practice, and is a PhD student at the University of Auckland in the counselling department.


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