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A new/old hymn


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Beatitudes – the announcements

Benediction from September 7, 2010

Blessed are those who don’t have it all together.

Blessed are those who have run out of strength, ideas, will power, resolve, or energy.

Blessed are those who ache because of how severely out of whack the world is.

Blessed are those stumble, trip, and fall in the same place again and again.

Blessed are those who on a regular basis have a dark day in which despair seems to be a step behind them wherever they go.

Blessed are you, for God is with you, God is on your side, God meets you in that place.

The gospel is the counter-intuitive, joyous, exuberant news that Jesus has brought the unending, limitless, stunning love of God to even us.

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Joy

Visual liturgy by our friends at The Work of The People

click here to watch

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Each Man Builds a Dwelling.

A piece written for Sanctuary by Hannah Clarkin.

Each man builds a dwelling

But what do I build

Does my dwelling have A roof and walls

Is my dwelling lasting and strong?

But each one should be careful how he builds.

And so I build

But where?

Where is the solid ground

Firm enough for this structure

A fitting place

To carve out a foundation

And sink in the first beams?

Where am I building by

Living this life

Passing my days the way I do

Pursuing what I do

Have I considered my position

Before God To determine if I am where He desires me to be

Where am I building?

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

And so I build

But what do I use

What are my beams and boards

Nails and screws

Shingles and hinges

How do I live my life

Are my deeds strong wood

Or worm eaten

Rotten boards That creak beneath the foot

That bend beneath the tread of God

Will this structure quiver when tested

Are my deeds sustained by perfect love that bears all things believes all things hopes all things endures all things

How am I building?

Anything that is not rooted in perfect love will fall. And so I furnish.

But what does my life turn on

What do I love?

My possessions

My ideas

My life

Who do I love

Myself?

My fellow man

My God

What are my pleasures

How do I fill these rooms and clothe these walls with patience and kindness

With generosity, not jealousy

For love, does not brag and is not arrogant

It does not act unbecomingly

Or seek its own

Love is not provoked,

Does not take into account a wrong suffered

Does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but

Rejoices with the truth

What am I building? Where am I building? How am I building? Where am I living? How am I living? Where am I loving? Who am I loving?

Love never fails.

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Holy Fool

the American Dictionary has for one of it’s definitions of the word “Fool” the following… One who subverts convention or orthodoxy or varies from social conformity in order to reveal spiritual or moral truth: a holy fool.

I am a fool I look beyond reason I stray beyond logic I dance when I should cry I weep when I should celebrate I am full of joy for the things I don’t know I am past caring about the things I do know I love someone I’ve never seen I admire people who I know are a mess I long for the future and I love each step toward it I walk the earth but I dream of the heavens I know I am special because of my ordinariness I am of no influence yet I strive to make a difference I have no voice yet I shout from the rooftops I am a poet whose lost for words I love the world that turns its back on all that matters to me I want to embrace the people who want to hurt me I pray for those who hate me I serve one who knelt and washed feet I live for a God who died for me I am an innocent because I know what I’ve done wrong I am free because my hearts not my own I am strong because I am broken I am an ordinary radical I am a fool

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