Blessed to be a Blessing

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Blessed to Be a Blessing
Words by Sharon Irving

Leader: Like a stone commanding every edge to sharpen, calling every neophyte to
plentiful verve & every outcast to a personified priesthood of believers. Hear the cry
for freedom, for holy imagination! For an outline without lines & separation. From
generation to generation, those who seek Him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Congregation: God create in us a holy imagination.

Leader: Ignite our senses, since this, life is yours, Bend, Break, Shape, Lift,
Free, All things. And when I'm occupied in my own tied tapestry of guardedness -
heart as hard as city pavements - You call fourth, rise up! Throw caution to
the winds…giving to the needy in reckless abandon.

Congregation: God create in us the ability to love without agenda.

Leader: For we are not free if our brothers & sisters are not free. And we
are not free if our neighbor is not free. Help us to embody Your Kingdom,
remembering that You have given all peoples, as beings made in Your image,
the capacity to participate in Your Kingdom.

Congregation: God create in us the ability to be a voice for the voiceless.

Leader: May we seek to live one accord, moving along in unison like instruments of a
great concert under the direction of a concert master, so the Holy Spirit blends
together the lives of every son & daughter.

Congregation: We are connected to a larger story.

Leader: We are blessed to blessing. Dispensing good to others.

Congregation: Here are we. Send us.

Leader: God has reconciled us, and give us the ministry of reconciliation.

Congregation: Here are we. Send us.

Leader: And we have been loved extravagantly so we could be
extenders of extravagant love.

Congregation: Here are we. Send us. Lord, here are we. Send us.

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from No 2: Blessed to Be a Blessing, released December 8, 2011

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A New Liturgy is our attempt to create holy space wherever we find ourselves. A moveable, sonic sanctuary. Released quarterly, each Liturgy is a 25 minute journey of music, prayer, scripture, and space that helps open us to The Almighty in any location, season, community, or emotion.

We are passionate about exploring deeper and more diverse ways to honestly engage with God and each other.
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