Litanies & Prayers

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 ›

Justice and peace will kiss

A litany for worship, inspired by Psalm 85

by Ken Sehested

All glory to you, Gracious One, who smiles on the earth, restoring the fortunes of our ancestors.

In your presence, the weight of shame is lifted, and we are drenched in pardon.

The cooling of your anger lifts mist into the air, and the fields drink their fill. Read more ›

Remind us again

A litany for worship inspired by Psalm 82

by Ken Sehested

As people of faith gather for prayer and praise, the first act is that of interrogation.

How long, oh Beloved, will you permit envy and enmity to choke the soil of our land and souls?

Why are the righteous silenced, the truth-tellers scorned? Read more ›

Nation of frivolous piety

A litany for worship inspired by Psalm 99 & Isaiah 1:15

by Ken Sehested

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that Divine justice cannot sleep forever. A revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation, is possible. The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a contest.*

Be forewarned, you nation of frivolous piety:

You who turn the Most High God into a mascot for your charade of innocence while deceitfully invoking the Sovereign’s blessings on your affairs. Read more ›

Instruction on freedom’s demands

A litany for worship, inspired by Exodus 20

by Ken Sehested

After fleeing Pharaoh’s slavery through
the Red Sea’s baptism, the people of the
Most High assembled in covenant assembly
at the mountain of promise for instruction
in freedom’s demands. Read more ›