Living Psalm 66 – Pentecost 18C
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.
Sing to God in splendor, all the earth!
With our glorious songs, we praise our Great Designer.
Holy One, how awesome are your deeds!
Because of your voice echoing throughout the earth, the systems cringe-
Knowing that their power will crumble at the reverberation of your call.
Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!’
Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you.
Beyond the walls of our buildings,
beyond the limits of the seas,
beyond the limits of our human bodies-
The earth worships you,
Singing praises to your name.
Come and see what God has done:
bringing strength among mortals,
Allowing all bodies to find spaces of inclusion
Turning narrow paths into wide corridors;
Turning patches of pain into deep breaths of relief;
Allowing movement among mortals.
There we rejoice in our Designer,
Our God who prevails by craft and creativity forever,
Who abides with all nations, all races, all abilities.
We sing our songs of praise.
And with our voices or hands or eyes or souls
We bless our God, the Creator of Blessings.
Our God who has kept us among the living,
Accompanying us in a world so narrow,
Bursting forth walls and widening doors,
Ensures us that our feet and hands will not slip.
For through the tests of humankind God has not abandoned us.
God of Openness and Peace-
We have been tried repeatedly,
And you have never forsaken us.
When the words of our neighbors shamed us,
When we faced flood and flame
You brought us to spacious, open spaces.
Sing in splendor, all the earth
With our glorious songs, we praise our Great Designer forever.
Living Psalm for Pentecost 18C – Psalm 66 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. 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 2022 Michelle Torigian. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved.