Litanies & Prayers

Loosed for life and love’s consent

A litany for worship inspired by Acts 2:42-47

by Ken Sehested

Following the dramatic response to Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost, the text reports that the newly-formed People of the Way devoted themselves to listening and learning, to lingering in each other’s presence, to potluck dinners, and to prayer—with praise and pintos, songs and salads, received and given ’round the Bountiful Table.

Hands and hearts, bound together, loosed for life and Love’s consent.

The Promised Pardon freeing furrowed brow and anxious gaze alike.

Hands and hearts, bound together, loosed for life and Love’s consent.

The Spirit’s grip brought all together and broke the spell of stingy response.

Hands and hearts, bound together, loosed for life and Love’s consent.

Led beside still waters, seated amid green meadows, fretful hearts and frail hands revive in pledged allegiance to the Commonwealth of Creation.

Hands and hearts, bound together, loosed for life and Love’s consent.

Sisters and brothers, this is our marketing plan—this is our strategy for growth:

Hands and hearts, bound together. Praise, to God; and peace, for the earth!

©ken sehested @ prayerandpolitiks.org