A large proportion of liturgies I have led have been liturgies of surrender. Admitting in the community of faith that it is time to let go of specific ways of trying to control the world is a wonderful way to create inner spaciousness so that something new can be born. Surrender is a prerequisite for living a more faith-filled and trusting life, and most of us need to keep surrendering more and more deeply as we grow. It’s as if God says, “Come on. Come on, now. Trust me to take care of things. ‘My yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ You don’t
have to carry such big burdens. Give the control back to me.”
—Tilda Norberg, Gathered Together: Creating Personal Liturgies for Healing and Transformation (Upper Room Books, 2007)
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Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
—Matthew 11:28 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Great are you, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is your power, and your understanding is beyond measure.
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