Oct 20, 2013

Litany: Psalm 46 for Today

Here’s a two-reader litany which intersperses Psalm 46 with contemporary headlines.  (It’s a bit dated – you’ll want to update the headlines to reflect current events.)  The litany comes from a service on the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

Contemporary Litany
(based on Psalm 46)

God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble . . .
Suicide Bomber attacks, two killed, ten injured in town square.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Terrorists strike again! Embassy bombed.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place, where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall.
God will help her at break of day . . .
Africa hard hit by AIDS; infections booming in Asia and Eastern Europe.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall . . .
Last Filipinos leave Iraq; kidnapped soldier soon to be released.
He lifts his voice, the earth melts . . .
Kidnappings rock Palestinian government; emergency session called.
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Financial dirt discovered on big businesses; lawsuits pending.
Come and see the works of the Lord,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire.
Martha Stewart gets five months.
Be still and know that I am God:
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.
Thousands are dying in Sudan; is it genocide?

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

~ from My Refuge and Strength: Psalm 46, posted on Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.
http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/service-my-refuge-and-strength-psalm-46/