When we are tempted to add our noise

to the shouting of opinions and doctrines,

Teach us, O Christ, the art of quiet proclamation.

 

When we face the crashing of guns and missiles,

and the loud justifications of violence,

Teach us, O Christ, the art of quiet proclamation.

 

When we are overwhelmed by the wails of those who grieve and suffer,

and by the muzak of those who deny the world’s pain,

Teach us, O Christ, the art of quiet proclamation.

 

When we are lured by the song of materialism,

and lulled by the lullaby of the immediate and the expedient,

Teach us, O Christ, the art of quiet proclamation.

 

In all the places where your love and justice are unheard,

where the song of your grace is silenced,

and where the noise of sin robs people of life,

Teach us to hear the whispers of your reign,

and to quietly, gently, persistently

proclaim your Gospel in word and action.

 

Amen.

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