United Church of Christ

Living Psalm 122—Thompson

Let Us Go
(Psalm 122)

“Let us go!”
into the house of the Lord
into the sanctuary to praise
into the presence of God we know
into the temple to pray.

our feet are willing
although our hearts are afraid
we desire to give thanks
but our city is bound and oppressed
no peace is present within our gates.

we go up to the Holy Place
our voices raised in thanksgiving
above the din of social unrest
across the lines of our militarized cities
traversing these occupied lands and empty faces.

I should be thrilled
my feet are standing
glad for the relatives and friends still alive
we give thanks for God ever present with us
we want peace to prosper, to live in safety with security.

Let us go to the house of the Lord
bringing with us the overthrown seats of power
we pray there for our peace
seeking the common good for all
And then my soul was glad.

Living Psalm 122 was written by The Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia A. Thompson, Associate General Minister for Global Engagement and Operations

Living Psalms Book is created by UCC Witness & Worship Artists’ Group, a Network of UCC connected artists, activists and ministers bridging the worship and liturgy of the local church with witness and action in the community.

Logo is detail from Living Psalm 80 by Sophia Beardemphl, Redwoods, CA. Recovering from significant bullying, Sophia, age nine, read Psalm 80 and thought of brokenness that needs mending. She drew this broken and mended bowl.

© Copyright 2019 Karen Georgia A. Thompson. Permission granted by the author to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved.

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