Looking for liturgical language that suits this moment in our world — a world of pandemic, uprising against individual and systemic racism, virtual gathering, and so much more? Here we offer some…feel free to use as is, to adapt, or to use for inspiration for your own. If you use these in written materials, please credit the author. If you use them in online worship, there’s no need for verbal attribution but if you post the video and it’s possible to mention the author in the video description, please do.

Prayer? Poem? Confession? Supplication? for these days, on the RCL texts for Ordinary 13/Proper 8/Pentecost+4 Year A…. by Teri Peterson

Bound.
Bound by…
+++++tradition
+++++duty
+++++sin
+++++grace
+++++blood
+++++baptism
Bound to…
+++++succeed
+++++fail
+++++wonder
+++++speak
+++++one another
Binding.
+++++tight
+++++unbreakable
+++++restrictive
+++++immovable
Bound.
+++++hands behind the back
+++++face down
+++++crying out
It’s easy to prophesy violence, because it always comes true.
But peace?
Much harder.
More elusive.
How long, O Lord?
How long until we break the bounds, loose the binding, live free?
One cup of water at a time
One stayed hand at a time
One conversation with people in power at a time
One intervention, one phone video, one “that’s not funny” at a time
It’s too slow
Unbind our hearts, our tongues, our political will
That we may stop the sacrifice of your beloved children
That all may breathe freely
That all may drink deeply
How long, O Lord,
will we live constrained by bindings you have already cut away?
Give us sight to see, wisdom to know
And, for the sake of those bound by our sin,
Courage to act, now.
Amen.


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