Litanies & Prayers

Christ as Lord?

A litany for worship inspired by Ephesians 3:1-12

by Ken Sehested

And what do we mean when we speak of the Lordship of Christ? Is this to say that the Holy One is the ultimate author of vengeance and retribution? Of demeaning power and humiliation?

No, a thousand times, NO! The Lordship of Christ speaks of the coming end of all lording, of the day when the cords of subjugation will unravel.

Is the Abba of Jesus simply a cruel human father writ large and limitless? Does the Power of Heaven reside in threat against any who refuse to bend the knee? Is the Creator, finally, a terrorist?

No, a thousand times, NO! In Christ we gain bold access to that Power Whose pronouncement was that creation is good and Whose promise is that it will be so again.

To this One, and this One alone, do we bow. To all others who demand our allegiance, we say no, a thousand times, NO!

For this reason we pray that Jesus—who blazed The Way—may grant you strength through the persevering power of the Spirit.

We pray that Christ may dwell in all our hearts as we are being rooted and grounded in love.

This is our invocation: That here in this Circle of Mercy, and in every corner of creation, all shall comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ’s love and, thereby, gain access to the fullness of the Beloved’s presence.

(IN UNISON): We hereby declare that, by the power of the One at work within us, the Promise of God shall accomplish more than our meager minds can imagine, to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. 

©ken sehested @ prayerandpolitiks.org