GOD HAS TAKEN CHARGE

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Prayer of Illumination

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Separated from Thee let me never be.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.

At the hour of death, call me.
And close to Thee bid me.
That with Thy saints I may be
Praising Thee, forever and ever. Amen.

—Ignatius of Loyola, 1491-1556, Soul of Christ (Anima Christi)

TEXT

Psalm 22:22-31 The Message

Here’s the story I’ll tell my friends when they come to worship, and punctuate it with Hallelujahs:

Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers;
give glory, you sons of Jacob;
adore him, you daughters of Israel.

He has never let you down,
never looked the other way
when you were being kicked around.

He has never wandered off to do his own thing;
he has been right there, listening.

Here in this great gathering for worship
I have discovered this praise-life.

And I’ll do what I promised right here
in front of the God-worshipers.

Down-and-outers sit at GOD’s table
and eat their fill.

Everyone on the hunt for God
is here, praising him.

“Live it up, from head to toe.
Don’t ever quit!”

From the four corners of the earth
people are coming to their senses,
are running back to GOD.

Long-lost families
are falling on their faces before him.

GOD has taken charge;
from now on he has the last word.

All the power-mongers are before him
—worshiping!

All the poor and powerless, too
—worshiping!

Along with those who never got it together
—worshiping!

Our children and their children
will get in on this

As the word is passed along
from parent to child.

Babies not yet conceived
will hear the good news—
that God does what he says.

 

Prayer of Response

May we worship God this day in such a way, in what we do, in what we say, in the little ways and the big, that the imprint of our praise will be felt throughout all generations, until every knee is bowed and every tongue is confessing our Lord Jesus Christ, He who is worthy to be praised!

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