Living Psalm 130–Pentecost 5B

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 130—Pentecost 5B

From the pit of my gut I scream at you, God.

Do you even hear my voice? Are my screams in vain? Does the vibration of my vocal cords mean nothing to you?

Do you hear me?

I wait for you. I wait more. In my waiting, I shed many tears.

And then…in my patience, I find your hope.

I know I’ve taken wrong roads and unhealthy paths. But who hasn’t? I’m not perfect, nor are any of your children. 

But your expectations are softened by your beaming grace. Your mercy lights the way so that all may celebrate you.

O friends and foes: our hope is in our God. 

O Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere: our hope is in our God. 

O children of all faiths: our hope is in our God. 

For in our God there is steadfast love that will never let us down.

For in the Holy One there is power to redeem us-

to love us when we are stuck in valleys, 

to assist us as we reach for new heights.

Our Holy One will turn around our minds and heal our hearts this day and forevermore.



Living Psalm 130 for Pentecost 5B was written by Michelle Torigian.

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 2021 Michelle Torigian.  Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education.  All publishing rights reserved. 

Living Psalm 130–Pentecost 5B