June 3, 2018

Psalm 29 | Taylor

Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,
    ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
    worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.    
The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the LORD, over many waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful;
    the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
    the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
    and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
    the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.    
The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth
    and strips the forests bare,
    and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
    the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
May the LORD give strength to his people!
    May the LORD bless his people with peace!

"Lord's Prayer" Rewrite | Taylor

Our Father who dwells in the heavens and on the earth, You are Holy. May heaven be a greater present reality here on earth, and may we choose to join you in making that happen. Provide us today with the things that you think we need, and may we not take for granted that which you have already provided for us. Forgive us for when we don't live as you intend, and may we be ready to forgive others when they don't live as we intend. Guide us in your wisdom away from the things that would distort us, and restore the parts in us that are already distorted. You are goodness, beauty and truth, may your love rule always.


Benediction | Taylor

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships so that you may seek truth boldly and live from deep within your heart where God’s Spirit dwells.

May God bless you with anger: at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that we may reach out our hand in comfort and turn their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that through Jesus Christ we’ll have the strength and power necessary to create change in this world and in our neighborhood, so that together we will courageously try what others claim cannot be done.

May God bless you with remembrance that we are called to continue God’s redemptive work of love and healing in God’s place, in and through God’s name, in God’s Spirit, continually creating and breathing new life and grace into everything and everyone we touch. Amen