We gather in this place, on this sacred ground weekly.
We come to be with friends.
We come for inspiration and hope.
We come to be among those
who love like Jesus.
The demons surround us. We yield to them. We adapt to their ways because change is hard.
We find it hard to imagine another way.
We speak the Sunday words but they don’t always permeate our being.
Systems of this world are powerful. The chains and leg irons cannot contain the legion of demons. The demons oppress us.
We cry out for freedom, unity, love, and justice!
Jesus commands: “Unclean spirit, come out!” Release the people!
Praise be to the One who can release us from the demons! Praise be to the power of extravagant, expansive, unending love.
Holy Spirit, call out our demons in this hour. Leave us filled with God’s breath of hope, justice, and unending love that we may let go of the status quo and truly be your people in our hurting world. Amen.