Nov 11, 2018

Reflection: Hannah's Song (1 Samuel 2)


Here’s a reflection inspired by Hannah’s song in 1 Samuel 2: 1-10. It was written by Rachel G. Hackenberg, and posted on her rachel g. hackenberg blog (see below for link).

Hannah’s Song
(inspired by 1 Samuel 2:1-10)

Though my soul is dry,
the stream is swollen with rain
because God’s goodness has not failed.

Though the bread crumbs are stale,
the doe and her fawn graze without worry
because God’s goodness has not failed.

Though death looms with certainty,
the sun sings a new song every morning
because God’s goodness has not failed.

Though soldiers sharpen their weapons for war,
the sidewalk yields to a stubborn dandelion
because God’s goodness has not failed.

Though arrogance shouts from its mountain,
the hummingbird continues to savor earth’s nectar
because God’s goodness has not failed.

~ written by Rachel G. Hackenberg, and posted on rachel g. hackenberg. http://rachelhackenberg.com/blog/


Advent Prayer: O Come, O Come Emmanuel


Here’s a responsive opening prayer or prayer of invocation for Advent from Joanna Harader’s Spacious Faith website.

Prayer of Invocation for Advent

O come, O come, Emmanuel–
God with us.
Come into our brokenness;
Come into our joy.
come into our captivity;
Come into our freedom.
Come into our fear;
Come into our compassion.
Our souls have had their fill.
Have mercy upon us, O God,
And come, O come, Emmanuel. 

~ written by Joanna Harader and posted on Spacious Faith. https://spaciousfaith.com/

Advent Blessing: Rewriting the Headlines


Here’s an Advent Blessing from Roddy Hamilton, and the New Kilpatrick Parish Church website.

Advent Blessing

darkness still grows
(but the light is gathering)

bread has been broken
(but justice is slipping through)

economists are today's oracles
(but the word is now ready to speak)

blood has been spilled
(but the moment is turning)

the journey is lonely
(but the angels stir)

the handmaid labours
(but the child waits)

go into advent
with expectation
the headlines are being rewritten 

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on the New Kilpatrick Parish Church website. https://www.nkchurch.org.uk/original-liturgy 


Call to Worship: Living in Exile


Here’s a responsive call to worship inspired by Isaiah 40:1-11. It was written by Tim Graves and posted on LiturgyBits.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Isaiah 40:1-11)

We’ve been in exile.
We’ve allowed ourselves to be tempted
by the idols of things and power.
We’ve found it isn’t what we thought. 
Shopping therapy and yearning for a soda pop
does nothing to build up our world.
They are all fizz and sugar,
satiating only temporarily. 
We’re left with the same emptiness.
We’re left without the spirit-words of God.
We’re alone in harshness and brokenness.

Acknowledging our idolatry and mistakes,
we turn back to the living water.
We turn back to the love that flows forward
bringing justice and hope to all of humanity.
The word that comes from God’s mouth
does not return empty.
God’s word does as God intends.
Always.
Always. 
Amen. 

~ written by Tim Graves and posted on LiturgyBits: Little bits for worship. https://liturgybits.wordpress.com/

Annunciation Poem


Here’s a poem inspired by the events of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38). It was written by Luci Shaw and posted on Journey with Jesus.

Virgin
(inspired by Luke 1:38)

As if until that moment
nothing real
had happened since Creation
As if outside the world were empty
so that she and he were all
there was — he mover, she moved upon
As if her submission were the most
dynamic of all works: as if
no one had ever said Yes like that
As if one day the sun had no place
in all the universe to pour its gold
but her small room 

~ written by Luci Shaw, in Accompanied By Angels: Poems of the Incarnation by Luci Shaw, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (June 19, 2006). Posted on Journey with Jesus. http://www.journeywithjesus.net/