Nov 9, 2012

A Litany based on Psalm 126


Here’s a wonderful litany from Dan Schifeling, co-pastor at the Church of the Nativity UCC in Buffalo, NY.  It was inspired by Psalm 126.

Pastor Schifeling writes:  This litany refers in some places to events in the life of the Church of the Nativity. Please substitute events that your people will recognize from the life of your church.

Congregational Litany
(inspired by Psalm 126)

When God brought our people back from captivity in Babylon,                                 
we were like those who dream.
Then we shook with laughter, then we shouted for joy!
When God came to us in a poor baby born in a stable...
When God spoke to us from a mountain top...
When God shattered the power of the tomb...
When God poured out Spirit from the heavens...
When God built our church on a farm field...
When God blessed us with children and a church school...
When God called us into small groups...
When God empowered us to serve the hungry...
When God comforted our broken hearts...
When God helped our youth build houses for the poor...
When God strengthened us in a time of illness...
When God joined our voice for justice with other churches...
When God inspired us to create wonderful music...
When God moved our 3rd & 4th graders to raise a mile of pennies...
When God started us thinking about an elevator...
When God opened the way for us to welcome all kinds of people...
Then we shook with laughter, then we shouted for joy!
May we always trust in your goodness, Loving God!
May our tears of sorrow water seeds of joy.
May our times of tribulation bear a harvest of justice and peace.

~ written by Dan Schifeling, and posted on the WorshipCalls blog. http://worshipcalls.blogspot.ca/