Embodiment, A Prayer

God,

Only you could encase
bone and blood
with flesh, and then say
You are made in our image.
Treat each other with inherent dignity.

What does that even mean Jesus?
Have you seen my pathetic body.
It grows in peculiar and hilarious ways,
until it starts to fall apart.
And I have to feed and water it every couple of hours.

Don’t even get me started on the sleep.

It is almost as if you made us so complicated for a reason.
It is almost as if we each body was handmade with unique flaws,
to show the creative artisanship, so that we can stop and wonder.

God, made in your image you say.

Ok, I say, let me see dignity

less as perfection

and more as embodiment.

Breathe with me God,

Embody with me Christ, I pray.

Amen.

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This Prayer also fits into a “This Here Flesh” Sermon Series Resource

Week 1: Body (Ch 5) & Dignity (Ch. 1) Notes

“Let the children Come, more than silence, Come, Laugh, Dance, cry Spirituality in body, voice, people and silence” xi
“we must repeat with regularity that to love ourselves is to survive” p. 5
“You don’t give dignity, you affirm it.” p. 11
Idolatry, “You are no longer the image of God, you are currency…how much a person can do” p. 11
“How can anyone who is made to bear likeness to the maker of the of the cosmos be anything less than glory? This is inherent dignity.” p. 7
”What does evil have to gain in tricking us to into believing we are anything less than glorious?” p. 9
Our dignity may involve our doing, but it is foremost in our being—our tears and emotions, our bodies lying in the grass, our scabs healing.”p. 12
“Or did she see her flesh for what it was holy? Weak, powerful human, and holy?
“That the creator of the cosmos would choose to rely on an embodied creation. To be grown, fed, delivered—God put faith in a body. In Mary’s muscles and hormones, bowels and breasts. And when Christ’s body is broken and blood she, we should hold in mystery that first a woman’s body was born, her blood shed, in order to deliver the hope of the world in to the world.” p. 57
“When we neglect the physical, it is inevitably suffocates the image of God who ate, slept, cried, bled, grew and healed.” And whether or not the origin of that negated is hatred, it will indeed end in hatred.” p. 60

Psalm 23 Week 1

The Message Psalm 23

Laughing Bird (Australian) Psalm 23

The Lord is my Grandma

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 95:6-7)

Come, let us worship and bow down

Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture  

We are the sheep of God’s hand, come Let us Praise God!

Prayer of Confession: (unison) God I confess that sometimes I do not want to be a sheep. Sometimes it is hard for me to take direction, and I do not know if it is unwillingness, or ignorance or simply weariness that stands in my way. And yet you walk beside me, to comfort and protect me. Help me to accept you as my shepherd I pray. Amen (Silent Confession) Amen

Assurance of Pardon: Hear the good news, God promises to restore us, know the truth in your hearts: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

1st Scripture Reading Isaiah 40:29-31

2nd Scripture Reading                                     Psalm 23:1-3

Prayer of Dedication: God you know we entered here thirsty. Send the Holy Spirit out with us, to shepherd us, comfort us, and to quench us. Send us into the world refreshed by your Word and Holy Spirit we pray. Amen. 

Hymns: Create in me a Clean Heart, There is a a Balm in Gilead, Spirit of the Living God, Any version of Psalm 23

Psalm 23 Series

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