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May we never be silent

O God, just and loving,
May we find a way to speak up
for those who are being brutalised,
ignored or forgotten.
May we be those who speak up for refugees,
May we be those who speak up for the oppressed in Palestine
May we bring support where we can and may we never be silent.

Love is never silent and justice is never silent –
May we find ways to speak up
Especially when our sisters and brothers are asking for our solidarity –

with our voices telling the story.
May we echo the Palestinian Christian “Cry for hope”
And stand against injustice and apartheid –
And stand against the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.
May we show the love and justice of Jesus
And find ways for our voices to tell the story.

And may the God who dances in creation
Who embraces us with human love
Who shakes our lives like thunder
Bless us and drive us out with power
To fill the world with her justice.

 

The final paragraph is a blessing from St Hilda’s Community

 

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Strange Weapons

The original version of Strange Weapons, which includes the verse about the demonstration in South Africa with Desmond Tutu, and then goes to the story of Good Friday and Easter Sunday

In the sadness of the news from Myanmar the solitary witness of a nun in prayer was a very powerful moment. Seeing this action from Sister Ann (18 Feb 2021) reminded me of something I was trying to say in the song ‘Strange Weapons’. The first verse of Strange Weapons was about a demonstration in Cape Town during apartheid days. The procession as led by faith community leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Strangely I had been adding a verse to this song on the power of prayer and the first part of this verse very much reflect the example of Sister Ann.

Prayer is an act of defiance
Won’t accept the way things are
Prayer is an act of protest
Won’t accept the way things are Read more…

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Prayer at Lent, 2021

O God as we enter Lent

May we remember we are walking with you on a journey towards Holy Week –

May we pause and pray and meet with you.

 

Your teaching has been about the kingdom or community of God,
A way of life and a community that goes up against the empires of domination –

As relevant now as it ever has been.
The empires of greed favouring the rich and
powerful,
Instead of your way reflecting justice for all.

As you head to Jerusalem you are witness to this
on Palm Sunday
As you ride in with non-violence,
From one side of Jerusalem gentle and riding on a donkey –
From the other side the army of empire, injustice, greed and oppression.

 

As you turn the tables of oppression,

So the empire wants you killed

The powers who rule, crucify you: the sinfulness of the world kills you.

 

But on Easter Sunday God affirms you

And all you have done –

It is a rising again –

God’s community of love continues forever.

 

May we be in the community of love –
The community that is never silent
And so a community of the Gospel bringing justice and hope to all.

 

It witnesses to the wounded God –
It whispers of the generous God of love
We walk with the activists on the way
And we are encouraged to become communities
That are just and loving –

Communities that make a difference
Communities that reflect the light of the Gospel –

Do justice, show mercy, and walk humbly with God.

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Love is the Way

Deep in the heart of the infinite darkness

A tiny blue marble is spinnin’ thru space

Born in the splendour of God’s holy vision

And sliding away like a tear down his face

 

Closer you see the whole wide holy wonder

Of oceans and mountains and rivers and trees

And the strangest creation of many, the human

A creature of laughter and freedom and dreams

 

Now the warriors are wavin’ their old rusty sabres

Preachers are preachin’ a gospel of hate

By their behavior determined to teach us

A lesson we’re soon to be learnin’ too late

 

Look closer my brother, we’re killin’ each other

We better stop and get started today

Because life is the question and life is the answer

And God is the reason and love is the way

 

Words and music Kris Kristofferson

Resaca Music Publishing

 

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Let the healing fountains start

God of the just heart
In the challenging words of the Sermon on the Mount
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice
They shall be satisfied”
You remind us that satisfaction does not lie where we might expect it,

In the security of wealth and privilege,
But in the joy of doing what is right

And in working to assert the value and dignity of other people.

So may liberation and justice rise

Because this is the calling of your community
This builds relationships and just societies

May equality rise
May apartheid fall
This will bring deep satisfaction as all are made welcome

And as all are treated as made in the image…
So keep us hungering and thirsting
And campaigning
For the values that make us all whole
And then we know the healing fountains will start.

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You cannot serve God and the occupation

You cannot serve God and the occupation.

A short liturgy for the Sabeel-Kairos Conference 

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