Litanies & Prayers

Go tell John

A litany for worship inspired by Matthew 11:1-6

by Ken Sehested

The disciples of John came to Jesus saying, “Dude, what’s up with this? John’s in prison, and you’re out here lollygagging in the boondocks! John wants to know when the revolution is getting underway. Are you the Man-in-Charge or not?!”

Jesus said to them, “Go tell John what you see and hear.”

Go tell John, and Mary, too: The blind are being hired as wilderness travel guides. And the lame have signed up for ballroom dancing classes. Go tell John.

Go tell John what you see and hear.

Go tell John, and Mary, too: The lepers strut their stuff on Parisian fashion runways. And the deaf are harmonizing in Carnegie Hall. Go tell John.

Go tell John what you see and hear.

Go tell John, and Mary, too: The dead have kicked off  coffin lids and put obituary writers out of business. The poor have food in the pantry and gas in the car. Go tell John.

Go tell John what you see and hear. Comfort Elizabeth in the grief to come. And blessed are all who see God at work in these things!

Chanting: “St. John, release the sins of our lips in order that your servants may be able to relate your wonderful deeds with full resound.” (English translation, first verse, of “Ut queant laxis, ”performed by Schola Sanctae Sunnivae)

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©ken sehested @ prayerandpolitiks.org. Inspired by Matthew 11:1-6.