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Living Psalm 29 - Baptism of Christ

Living Psalms Book
Psalms in the form of words and art, reborn in the specific contexts of our world, privileging the voices of historically marginalized communities and those acting in solidarity with them.

Living Psalm 29
Baptism of Christ   January 12, 2020

Glory and power! Splendor and holiness!
Give it to God and God gives it right back.

You might be baptized by water—
sprinkled from a font
dunked in a bath
reborn in a bay—
any way, God’s voice is clear as storm-breaking waves
calling you beloved.

Glory and power! Splendor and holiness!
Give it to God and God gives it right back.

You might be baptized by fire—
left out of the bootstrap legacy
imprisoned by stigma or prejudice
battered by family “values”—
any way, God’s voice is clear as earth-shaking quakes
calling you beloved.

Glory and power! Splendor and holiness!
Give it to God and God gives it right back.

You might be baptized by Spirit—
mystic wilderness-wonderer
prophetic rabble-rouser
compassionate hand-holder—
any way, God’s voice is clear as prayer-meeting shouts
calling you beloved.

Glory and power! Splendor and holiness!
Give it to God and God gives it right back.

God, shake us up.
God, fire us up.
God, lift us up.

Beloved.

Living Psalm29—for Baptism of Christ Sunday was written by Sharon Benton.

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.  Maren Tirabassi, Editor.

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 2020 Faith INFO Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH  44115-1100.  Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education.  All publishing rights reserved. 

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