Litanies & Prayers

Teach your children well

A litany for worship inspired by Psalm 78

by Ken Sehested

Hear, O people of Promise and heirs of Provision,

You who strayed from Providence,

You who lost your way and forsook the rod of instruction and the staff of guidance, Read more ›

Set our hearts on fire

A litany for worship inspired by Psalm 65

by Ken Sehested

Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall praise be given and promises be made.

Praised be your presence, and worthy be our promises.

O you who answers prayer! To you all flesh shall come. As blossoms track the sun, so too do our faces long for your light. When failure marks our lives, you draw near to us anyway. Read more ›

In this Law I delight

A litany for worship inspired by Psalm 119

by Ken Sehested

Happy are those who walk in the Way of Beauty, harnessed in the Bridle of Mercy and according to the Weal of Justice.

In this Law I delight! May it rule soul and soil and society alike.

From Creation’s Promise to Redemption’s Assurance, may Your Faithful Word leap from our lips and exclaim with our limbs. Read more ›

Testimony in a Time of Terror

Standing with the Word of God, for the earth and against the world: A litany for worship

by Ken Sehested

Our nation is at war, and our hearts are torn. The seeds of fear are planted in terror and harvested in violence.

How long, O Lord, how long?

The dream of a new order birthed in justice and baptized in mercy has been ruptured by the nightmare of bloody enmity. Read more ›

The payback of Heaven

A litany for worship inspired by Psalm 103

The payback of Heaven neither tortures nor torments.

The vengeance of God is Christ’s victory of mercy,
o’er all venal indenture and vile deception.

The terror of God is the Risen One’s threat
to every merchant of death, every marketer’s breath,
every peddler of gun-wielding promise of power, Read more ›

No one can serve two masters

A litany for worship inspired by Luke 16:1-13

by Ken Sehested

Hear this, oh people of the Covenant: The claim of Heaven’s Reign and the clamor over earth’s rule are woven together. The seed sown in one is harvested in the other. All questions of piety are questions of power. But the nature of power is contested.

No one can serve two masters.

There is this version of the Golden Rule: Those with the gold get to rule. Read more ›

Labor Day

A litany for worship: For work that fulfills

by Ken Sehested

Creator God, we give thanks this day for work: for work that sustains; for work that fulfills; for work which, however tiring, also satisfies and resonates with Your labor in creation.

As part of our thanks we also intercede for those who have no work, who have too much or too little work; who work at jobs that demean or destroy, work which profits the few at the expense of the many.

Blessed One, extend your redemptive purpose in the many and varied places of our work. In factory or field, in sheltered office or under open sky, using technical knowledge or physical strength, working with machines or with people or with the earth itself. Read more ›

Send me

A litany for worship inspired by Jeremiah 1:7-9 and Isaiah 6:1-8

by Ken Sehested

It was a time of great turmoil in the land. The Spirit of God bypassed all the famous leaders and came to me with a dream.

And I saw the Ruler of All Creation sitting on a throne, high and lofty, with majesty filling the sky as far as the eye could see.

Angels filled the air, shouting, “Holy, holy, holy! Just and Righteous and Merciful is God’s name!” Read more ›

Peace, peace but there is no peace

A litany for worship inspired by Luke 12:49-53 & Jeremiah 6:13-15

by Ken Sehested

Dear Jesus: Don’t do that. Don’t go saying “I come not to bring peace, but division.” You’re scaring us. Don’t you know there are children in the room!

Peace is not the product of the politics of fear, of Wall Street fraud or war profiteer.

Listen, Lord, we need you to get back to being a sweet Jesus. Sweet little Jesus boy, born in a manger. Read more ›

Faith is contagious

A litany for worship inspired by Hebrews 11

by Ken Sehested

Sisters and brothers, these are among the convictions that we harbor and herald:

Faith is not belief in spite of the evidence. Faith is life lived in scorn of the consequences.*

Faith isn’t a set of doctrines you agree to; or a set of religious habits you keep; or a particular emotion you feel. Read more ›