Last week it was my turn to lead the Wednesday afternoon “Open Door” service in Keffer Chapel at the seminary where I work. Instead of using the prayers in our denominational worship book I wrote my own, as I do from time to time. For those so interested, I include here for your edification (I hope!) a part of the liturgy called the “proper preface.” This prayer arrives a step or two ahead of the words recounting Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. The prayer typically speaks of God’s majesty. In this instance, I speak of the majesty of God from the perspective of the beatitudes in order to underscore God who sides with the least, the lost, and the broken. Without further adieu (!), my offering:
It is indeed our duty and delight that we should praise you, Holy God of power and might;
God of humility, God of suffering love;
God crossing barbed fence, God jeered,God mirrored
in the faces of children bereft of parents,
God spoken in the cries of the dejected, the rejected,
the refuse of the earth; God with us in both hell and heaven too,
where we laud you with angels, archangels, cherubim and seraphim as we sing you Holy.