Wild Lectionary: Swimming in the Wastestream

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Proper 12(7) C

By Lini Hutchings

O God, come to our aid.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the One who is making the heavens and the earth
and to the One who comes in solidarity to heal all division,
and to the One who sustains us in the Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Psalm 138
I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
that it surpasses your fame.
When I called, you answered me;
you greatly emboldened me.
May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord,
when they hear what you have decreed.
May they sing of the ways of the Lord,
for the glory of the Lord is great.
Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
though lofty, he sees them from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
with your right hand you save me.
The Lord will vindicate me;
your love, Lord, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of your hands.

Psalm 138 Meditation
I will praise you, God, with all love, intention, and resource;
before the “gods” we are called upon to serve — status, security, possessions, independence, convenience, ignorance, indolence — I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple in the broken hearts of your creatures
and even with failing trust and inarticulate words I will praise your name
for your unfailing love and your faithfulness to the unfaithful…
When I called, you answered me;
you greatly emboldened me, so that I may call to you now:
Let it be that all the earthly powers turn and praise you,
let them hear your Word in creation and the secret places of the heart.

Let it be that earthly powers sing of your ways —
humble, fierce, secret, silent, remote, intimate, peaceable, fearsome, tender;
for the glory of God overwhelms our trust in our human institutions.
God transcends creation, but looks kindly on the lowly;
no small being is hidden from the intimacy of God’s presence.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
though I swim in the waste stream,
though I take part in the violence that threatens the little ones of God,
you preserve life in all things.
You stretch out your hand against condemnation and abuse;
with your right hand you save, you heal, you make whole.
God will break the bonds of oppression;
your love endures beyond the limits we know —
in your compassion you do not abandon the works of your hands

I invite your prayers, silent or spoken

– for all our relations who possess political, corporate, and social power:
– for all our relations in the sea, air and land in fear for their lives and the lives of their young:
– for all our relations whose ignorance and fear blinds and paralyses them:
– for all our relations suffering from poisoning, illness and disease:
– for all our relations seeking sustainable food sources in a changing climate:
– for all our relations fleeing war, hunger, oppression and trauma, for those crushed and pushed to the margins:
– for all our relations who long for enough to feed the needs of the body and spirit:

– for all our relations who seek to do justice and to tell the truth:
– for all our relations who have passed from this life, our families, beloved, ancestors and saints, for those who mourn and who seek to carry their lives into the world created anew:
– for all our relations not named here but whose needs you alone know:

Remembering today the life and death of Rachel Corrie, who died at age 23, standing in front of an Israeli bulldozer to protect Palestinian lives and homes.
Bind us together in love as the human family; mitigate and heal our ignorance and violence; feed our need; overwhelm us with the abundance of your compassion. We ask this, as we do all things, in the name of Jesus Christ, who with his own body heals the breach and mends the broken places. Amen.

Bless us all. Go in peace to love and serve the Holy One.

Lini Hutchings prays with the Salal + Cedar Watershed Discipleship Community in Coast Salish Territory. Lini led Salal + Cedar in the reflection and liturgy above, in March of 2019.

Wild Lectionary is a weekly blog on ecological justice themes in the revised common lectionary, curated by Laurel Dykstra, gathering priest of Salal + Cedar, Coast Salish Territory.

 

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