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Perform & Participate





Perform and Participate

Father of Creation,

God of Justice,

Your Son proclaimed and enacted the reign of God,

He showed us what this looked like.

He healed the sick,

He welcomed the marginalised

He treated the vulnerable with dignity.

To him be all praise.

Your Son performed and participated in the reign of God,

He showed us that love looks like something.

A self-giving sacrificial love,

That love is a verb,

That love makes a difference.

To him be all praise.

Your Son proclaimed and enacted the reign of God,

He knew what would befall the city.

He wept,

He urged repentance,

He promoted peace in a culture of violence.

To him be all praise.

Your Son performed and participated in the reign of God,

Speaking Truth to Power,

By overturning tables,

Extending tables,

And by being nailed to a cross.

To him be all praise.

Father of Creation,

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

We, too, have heard the kingdom call,

A stirring within to live authentically

In this culture of denial and despair.

We have wept when we have seen what is befalling the world.

As temperatures rise,

As sea levels rise,

Lord, have mercy.

As crop failures increase,

As conflicts over resources increase,

Lord, have mercy.

As anxiety increases,

As extinctions increase,

Lord have mercy.

Yet, we too have heard the kingdom call,

To proclaim and enact the reign of God.

May we look to Jesus to look like Jesus,

To bring healing to the world,

To welcome the climate refugee,

And to treat the world’s most vulnerable with dignity.

Equip and empower us, O Father, to this kingdom calling.

We have heard the kingdom call,

To perform and participate in the reign of God.

May we look to Jesus to look like Jesus.

To live lives of self-giving sacrificial love,

To show that love is a verb,

A love that makes a difference.

Equip and empower us, O Father, to this kingdom calling.

We have heard the kingdom call,

To proclaim and enact the reign of God,

To weep at what is befalling us,

To urge repentance and recalibration from ecological violence,

To be peacemakers in a world of increased militarism and climate conflicts.

Equip and empower us, O Father, to this kingdom calling.

We have heard the kingdom call,

To proclaim and enact the reign of God,

To speak truth to the power and politics that plunge us further into climate breakdown,

To have the courage and wisdom to

overturn the tables of unrestrained capitalism that oppress the poor.

To extend the tables that bridge the walls of climate apartheid.

To take up our cross and follow your Son.

Equip and empower us, O Father, to this kingdom calling.

Father of Creation,

God of Justice,

The miracle of divine grace does not imply passivity.

Empower us by your Spirit,

To a holy Kingdom rebellion,

For all that is good, true and beautiful.

Until that day when the end will come,

When unrestrained capitalism and ecological violence will be no more,

And the Kingdom will be handed to you.

To him who sits on the throne,

And to the Lamb,

Be all praise, honour and glory.


Amen





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