This week I tried a side by side view of poem / prayer – interesting to see the effects of commanding language in the prayer –

Good times come from holy trust
Teach us to keep promises
Hold us to sworn loyalties

Good times come from righteous mercy
Reveal where we must create justice
Empower us to love well

Good times come from divine strength
Enable us to meet needs
Show us how to care

Good times come from faithful covenant
Build with us cherished relationships
Grant us peace as we honor You


Good times come from holy trust
Promises made and kept
Loyalties sworn and defended

Good times come from divine strength
Needs known and met
Care required and given

Good times come from righteous mercy
Justice revealed and created
Love shown and received

Good times come from faithful covenant
Relationships built and cherished
Holy peace honored and granted


(pastoral prayer based on Psalm 150)

Who are you, O Lord
That we are to praise you
In the buildings we build
Throughout your created cosmos
At every season, in every place
We are to applaud you?

Who are you, O Lord
That joyful noise honors you
With multiple musical sounds
In flamboyant wordless adoration
Echoing across time and space
We are to worship you?

Who are you, O Lord
That every breath is to praise you
Calling out startling feats
Reveling in unsurpassed strength
Celebrating marvels of love
In mystery, we treasure you