A Post​-​Election Liturgy

by St. Andrew Evensong

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This collection of music is meant to be a liturgy. Below are guided prayers and meditations to be a companion to your listening.

I. God is God

Take a moment to reflect on this: God is God of the nations... There is not a rogue atom in the universe beyond God's domain. Our loving God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and is guiding this world towards the Kingdom more and more every and in every generation.

“O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.”
II Chronicles 20:6

As you reflect on this listen to "Us for Them" by Gungor.


II. Praying for Who I Don't Understand

We are taught by Christ to pray for both our loved ones and enemies, showcasing that the broad spectrum of humanity should be lifted by us in prayer. Did this election cause you to feel as though you don't know the other half of the country?
Pray for them.
End this prayer time by praying for both Secretary Clinton and President Elect Donald Trump.

Listen to "If We Were Only One" by Agents of Future


III. Recommitment to Compassion

Late in the evening of the election people on Facebook began posting variations of this sentiment:
"The sun will rise tomorrow. I will stand with marginalized people. I will stand with LGBT people.
I will stand with our Muslim Brothers and Sisters.
I will stand with the differently abled.
I will stand with non-documented immigrants.
I will stand with you if they come for you.

This is a great time for folks to come together and seek truth, seek love and to seek justice.
May we not let fear drive us.
May we choose love first.
May we never lose hope and always move forward.
Lord have mercy on our souls. Amen"

Offer yourself to God's Kingdom,
committing your life to help the "least of these".

Listen to "Brother" by The Brilliance featuring Propaganda

When finished, read this poem by Joel McKerrow:

A Blessing for the Politically Despondent.

There shall come a time,
When the way we hope it could be feels so very far away.
When the system shows itself for what it is.
When the politicians spend more time bitching than leading,
stabbing backs
than backing those who truly need their support.

When the truth seems too hard to decipher through the lies.
When the ballot paper seems…empty of good choices.
When it doesn’t seem to even matter
which party is in power,
for they shall all wield the same.

When we are told we have the power to change our society
and yet out voting
feels like it means nothing. An appeasement of the masses
more than a piece of societal changing history.

There shall come a time,
and in that time
and in that sense of frustration
and despondency
and the draw towards apathy,
may you find a higher something to hold onto.

Something above political ideals.
Something above the hollow notion of failed political promise.
Something to remind you.
Something to instil hope within you.

May you take the discouragement
and find courage somewhere within it. The courage to believe that
regardless of politics,
regardless of our leaders pandering to powerful people,
regardless of our faltered political ideals,
that there is still a way to change the world around us.
And it begins with you. And it begins with me.
And it is more than just numbering boxes on ballot paper.

For I have met the real ones. The ones who give themselves again and again to the bettering of our world. I have seen their dirty fingernails, their tired eyes, their patient sitting beside, the way they look you in the eye, the way they listen, the way they teach our high schools, the way they fight for the homeless, the way they resist the rat-race trappings of the western dream, the way they sew seeds into the community, the way they bring people together from all sides of every spectrum, the people who deserve to be politicians. And indeed some of them are.

I have seen those who refuse to give in to the disappointment,
who choose to look around them and say,
“This is what I can do. Here. Now. This is what I can do regardless.”

So may that be you. May that be me. And maybe politics wont even matter if we all chose to live like this. So lets keep voting till we get there, regardless of how empty it can feel, lets not trick ourselves into thinking this will change things even if we do nothing else. Lets keep doing more in the everydayness of our lives. I have met the real ones and what strikes me about every one of them is this…they are just normal people who choose to do something. And isn’t it always a small group of normal people making decisions like this that bring about the change we so desire.

So when the time comes may you be one of these…a real person. Doing real things to bring about real change. Even if it is just to those around you.

IV. God is God

Close with this reflection: That God is the God of the future. We hold on to hope. And we take courage and we dare to hope that "the moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice". We believe, again, that God is guiding this Kingdom as Heaven crashes into Earth.

Listen to "There is a Balm in Gilead" by Giants & Pilgrims
for your benediction.

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released November 9, 2016

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Track Name: Gungor - Us for Them
When the lines are drawn
When you’re in or out
When it’s us or them
And we shame the doubt

It is all a lie
All we ever really need is love
There’s no need to shed more blood
Look upon the cross
Look upon the cross

See the face of Christ
See the mercy in His eyes
Every valley shall be lifted high
Now our enemies are blessed
The heavy laden rest
For His judgement is love
His judgement is love

There is no more guilt
There is no more shame
All our darkest sin
All our deepest pain

Blessed are the poor
All the lonely broken lost and torn
See a kingdom comes to us
A war that’s fought with love
Our only war is love

Prepare the way of the Lord
Wielding mercy like a sword

Every mountaintop will be made low
Know, He holds the earth like dust
And His judgement comes to us
And His judgement is love
His judgement is love

We will not fight their wars
We will not fall in line
Cause if it’s us or them
It’s us for them
It’s us for them

We reject the either or
They can’t define us anymore
Cause if it’s us or them
It’s us for them
It’s us for them

Cause if it’s us or them
It’s us for them
It’s us for them

Prepare the way of the Lord
Wielding mercy like a sword
Every mountaintop will be made low
Know, He holds the earth like dust
And His judgement comes to us
And His judgement is love
May our judgement be love
Track Name: Agents of Future - If We Were Only One
IF WE WERE ONLY ONE
WE COULD SEE MUCH CLEARER
BUT IT'S SO SIMPLE TO SEE
THE NEEDY FACE LOOKING IN THE MIRROR
IF WE WERE ONLY ONE
WE COULD BE TOGETHER
INTIMACY'S A LONELY WORD
WITHOUT EACH OTHER

AND THE ONLY THING THAT STANDS
BETWEEN US IS THE COMFORT OF OUR FEAR
BROKEN DOWN AND BLOWN APART
INSIDE US LIE THE CRIES NO ONE CAN HEAR

"I CAN DO THIS ALONE!
AND FORGET THE PAST THE FIRST THE LAST
THE BURST AND THE BLAST!
I CAN DO THIS ALONE!
AND BE TUCKED AWAY ALL SAFE AND SANE
NO GREATER PAIN!"
A KINDLED INCONSISTENT
UNDENIABLY PERSISTENT HOPE
I THOUGHT I HAD DISCARDED
GOD I NEED TO BE REMINDED OF IT
Track Name: The Brilliance (feat. Propaganda) - Brother
When I look into the face
Of my enemy
I see my brother

I see my brother

When I look into the face
Of my enemy
I see my brother
I see my brother

Hey man I guess I just
needed to understand
myself much better
Fight the right
get that vision much clearer
and the things I can't stand
they keep landing me
in predicaments
that would make me be a hypocrite
If I was to stand in jugdement
I know our melanins might vary
the variance of great radiance
that this planet of ours carry
and its such a wonderful picture
a colorful concoction
that them tell em' I woulda missed it
it ain't a prison
its a prism
and imma stand with ya'
when they trippin' in your town
and I know all lives matter
but I'm focused on yours now
they hirin' these pitchforks
boy I start a sign
cuz' whats going through your veins
is the same as mine

When I look into the face
Of my enemy
I see my brother
I see my brother

When I look into the face
Of my enemy
I see my brother
I see my brother

Forgiveness is the garment
Of our courage
The power to make the peace
We long to know
Open up our eyes
To see the wounds that bind
All of humankind
May our shutter hearts
Greet the dawn of life
With charity and love

When I look into the face
Of my enemy
I see my brother
I see my brother

When I look into the face
Of my enemy
I see my brother
I see my brother

When I look into the face
Of my enemy
I see my brother
I see my brother

When I look into the face
Of my enemy
I see my brother
I see my brother

When I look into the face
Of my enemy
I see my brother
I see my brother
Track Name: Giants & Pilgrims - There is a Balm in Gilead
There is a balm in Gilead
It comes like a wisdom
but speaks like children
it’s a sight to the blind
a strength to my weakness
something for soul, body, mind

There is a balm in Gilead
its a rest for the weary
a balm to the sore
its like a dew to my dryness
that fills me with joy when I had none

There is a balm in Gilead
its a spring in the desert
for the withered of soul
it’s a strength and a power
that keeps making you whole
its the question your asking
and the answers you need
it’s the face you’ve been seeking
the one you’ve been begging to see

There is a balm in Gilead
the trash and the remnants
of all my train wrecks
coming together
and still heading out west
like a blank paycheck paying off the back rent
taking me further to
whatever’s supposed happen next

There is a balm in Gilead
the light of the dawn
the scales without measure
it’s the bread of a baker
the blood of a maker
The water I long for
and the story on fire
sweeter than candy but softer than sugar
its the breath and the magic
Its something to die for
and the laying down of the shepherd at night

There is a balm in Gilead
There is a balm in Gilead
There is a balm in Gilead