Here is the poem/blessing we started our worship and new ministry with Pastor Wendy Wirth-Brock on Sept 13, 2015. This poem by Jan Richardson, can be found at the link at the end of this post.

 

Begin here:

Beloved.

 

Is there any other word
needs saying,
any other blessing
could compare
with this name,
this knowing?

Beloved.

 

Comes like a mercy
to the ear that has never
heard it.
Comes like a river
to the body that has never
seen such grace.

Beloved.

 

Comes holy
to the heart
aching to be new.
Comes healing
to the soul
wanting to begin
again.

Beloved.

 

Keep saying it
and though it may
sound strange at first,
watch how it becomes
part of you,
how it becomes you,
as if you never
could have known yourself
anything else,
as if you could ever
have been other
than this:

Beloved.

 

–Jan Richardson, “Baptism of Jesus:

Beginning with Beloved,”

www.paintedprayerbook.com