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LET AMERICA BE AMERICA AGAIN

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

 

Let America be America again.

Let it be the dream it used to be.

Let it be the pioneer on the plain

Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

 

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed

Let it be that great strong land of love

Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme

That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

 

O, let my land be a land where

Liberty Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,

But opportunity is real, and life is free,

Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,

Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

PEACE PRAYER

Re-Imagining Community

Holy One, untamed

By the names we give you,

In the quiet of our hearts

Name us.

Remind us of who we are

In this tumultuous time.

Reveal to us the truth you

Have inscribed in our hearts.

Show the way of trust

So that we might know

Your Love is enough,

And will give us the sustenance

To do your work of peace.

Peace before us,

Peace behind us,

Peace above us,

Peace below us,

Peace within us and between us.

Let it be…as surely 

As the name you have given us -

My people.

A NEW CREED

(United Church of Canada, 1968)

 

We are called to be the Church…to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope…

 

We are not alone,
    we live in God’s world.

 We believe in God:
    who has created and is creating,
    who has come in Jesus,
       the Word made flesh,
       to reconcile and make new,
    who works in us and others
       by the Spirit.

We trust in God. 

We are called to be the Church:
    to celebrate God’s presence,
    to live with respect in Creation,
    to love and serve others,
    to seek justice and resist evil,
    to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
       our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,
    God is with us.
We are not alone.

    Thanks be to God.

EAGLE POEM

Joy Harjo, Muscogee Nation

 

To pray you open your whole self

To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon

To one whole voice that is you.

And know there is more

That you can’t see, can’t hear;

Can’t know except in moments

Steadily growing, and in languages

That aren’t always sound but other

Circles of motion.

Like eagle that Sunday morning

Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky

In wind, swept our hearts clean

With sacred wings.

 

 

We see you, see ourselves and know

That we must take the utmost care

And kindness in all things.

Breathe in, knowing we are made of

All this, and breathe, knowing

We are truly blessed because we

Were born, and die soon within a

True circle of motion,

Like eagle rounding out the morning

Inside us.

We pray that it will be done

In beauty.

In beauty