*an opening prayer, responding to the harmony in Psalm 133*
Psalm 133 – The Passion Translation
A song to bring you higher, by King David
How truly wonderful and delightful
to see brothers and sisters living together in sweet unity!
It’s as precious as the sacred scented oil
flowing from the head of the high priest Aaron,
dripping down upon his beard and running all the way down
to the hem of his priestly robes.
This heavenly harmony can be compared to the dew
dripping down from the skies upon Mount Hermon,
refreshing the mountain slopes of Israel.
For from this realm of sweet harmony,
God will release his eternal blessing,
the promise of life forever!
Gracious Gathering God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
from the beginning, connected
and through the connection, creative
and in all creation, communing
with Your children –
fashioned in Your divine image,
woven together with Your own hands,
named “beloved” and called according to Your good purpose and plan,
how truly delightful it is
to enter this day into the sweet harmony
of Your salvation song:
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
As we meet together in this moment and this place
with all our sisters and brothers across time and space,
may our togetherness be a source of blessing
and a sigh of our deep yearning
for the day when You will gather up all things
in heaven and on earth
into Your perfect peace,
forever and ever.