Monday, March 14, 2022

A Lament for Our Times (2022)

From the sermon ‘Blessed Are Those Who Mourn’, 

preached on 13 March 2022 at Old Saint Paul’s Scottish Episcopal Church

O Lord,

Look upon our world in such distress:

With wars and violence,

With suffering and disease,

With greed that pollutes and plunders the earth.

Bring peace to those in war,

Healing to those in need,

And justice for your exploited Creation.

For you are our Lord;

Our God, who is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger,

And abounding in loving-kindness and faithfulness,

Who forgives iniquity and transgression and sin.

We will proclaim that you are a God who saves,

Who will bring Creation to wholeness;

Yet—even if we do not witness that with our own eyes—

We will still declare in hope and trust

That blessed are those who mourn,

For they shall be comforted.