God is Love, the cosmic creativity present everywhere and in everything,
Gently urging all toward the good.
To transcending Love, we raise our awestruck praise!
Jesus embodied the Love that is God.
He loved the poor, the sick, the outcast,
He loved the unpopular, and even his own enemies.
He loved so completely, he loved so dangerously,
That it cost him his life.
As Christians we aim to serve humbly as he did,
Resurrecting his life of Love through communion with others.
The texts and traditions of Christianity give voice to our souls,
so that we may support each other in our quests of Love.
Love is the measure of what is worth following,
And what is not, in all religions.
So we pray for a Holy Spirit of discernment
To express our faith afresh in new times and places.
Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, writes progressive prayers, hymns and other worship items. Many of his liturgical materials can be found in his book “Birdlike and Barnless: Meditations, Prayers, and Songs for Progressive Christians” (2008, St Johann Press). Explore his blog for more words for worship.