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. . . you are still God.

One of my favorite sites for creative worship materials (https://re-worship.blogspot.com/) curates prayers, litanies, hymns, benedictions, and other assorted pieces. I love exploring by scripture or by the readings for the week, to see what creative souls have composed to help God's people encounter God in new ways with fresh ears. This week I found this gem. A poem, a litany, a prayer, especially poignant in our time of fear, disease and unemployment.

I pray it is as much a blessing to you as it has been to me.


Yours in Christ, Pastor Arianna


Lord God, You spoke into darkness and chaos and then there was light; You imagined this earth in its complexity and beauty and called it into being You created humanity in your own image and gave us a home to live in We believe you can do miracles But even if you don't, you are still God

Lord God, You walked with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego through the fiery furnace You shut the mouths of hungry lions and kept Daniel safe until morning You gave Hannah a family when she despaired of ever having a child We believe you can do miracles But even if you don't, you are still God

Lord God, You changed water into wine so the wedding party could continue You calmed a storm and your disciples with words of quiet authority You transformed a boy's picnic into a meal for a multitude

with plenty left over We believe you can do miracles But even if you don't, you are still God

Lord God, You healed a woman from 12 years of bleeding and rejection You asked Bartimaeus what he wanted and then restored his sight You watched a paralysed man being lowered through the roof

and helped him to his feet We believe you can do miracles But even if you don't, you are still God

Lord God, You called Lazarus from the tomb and restored him to life You walked past the mourners at Jairus' house

and gave his daughter back to him You suffered a horrendous crucifixion

in order to defeat sin and death and give us life We believe you can do miracles But even if you don't, you are still God

Lord God, You told your disciples that they would do greater things than you had done We hear and read stories of miracles in our world—of you healing the sick, setting prisoners free, releasing drug addicts from their addiction, providing the right amount of money at just the right time We believe you can do miracles But even if you don't, you are still God

And yet, Lord, we don't see many miracles happening around us We have friends with cancer, and we pray, and they are not healed We have friends who long for children, and we pray,

and they do not conceive Our doubt is mixed with faith Our trust is accompanied by questions We acknowledge the mystery of faith and prayer,

and the ways in which they are connected We acknowledge that you often do things differently

than the way we would do them We long to know you better, to understand more of your ways And we believe you can do miracles But even if you don't, you are still God

Lord we believe. Help our unbelief

— written by Jen, and posted on the Grace website worship archive. http://www.freshworship.org/

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