Going Out and Coming In

Selah - Life in a Minor Key

Second Sunday in Lent, Year A

It’s only week two in Lent; there’s a long road ahead of us. Yet, if we’re not careful, we can begin to stop paying attention.

“We speak your names”

by Pearl Cleage (excerpt)

VOICE #1

Because we are free women, born of free women,
who are born of free women, back as far as time begins,
we celebrate your freedom.

Because we are wise women, born of wise women,
who are born of wise women, we celebrate your wisdom.

Because we are strong women, born of strong women,
who are born of strong women, we celebrate your strength.

Because we are magical women, born of magical women,
who are born of magical women, we celebrate your magic.

VOICE #2

My sisters, we are gathered here to speak your names.
We are here because we are your daughters
as surely as if you had conceived us,
nurtured us,
carried us in your wombs,
and then sent us out into the world to make our mark
and see what we see,
and be what we be,
but better, truer, deeper,
because of the shining example of your own incandescent lives.

VOICE #3

We are here because you taught us that
sisterspeak can continue to be our native tongue,
no matter how many languages we learn
as we move about as citizens of the world,
and of the ever-evolving universe.
We are here to speak your names
because of the way you made for us.
Because of the prayers you prayed for us.

VOICE #4

We are the ones you conjured up,
hoping we would have strength enough,
and discipline enough,
and talent enough,
and nerve enough to step into the light
when it turned in our direction, and just smile awhile.

VOICE #5

We are the ones you hoped would make you proud
because all of our hard work makes all of yours
part of something better, truer, deeper.
Something that lights the way ahead
like a lamp unto our feet,
as steady as the unforgettable beat of our collective heart.

ALL

We speak your names.
We speak your names.
We speak your names.


Excerpted from WE SPEAK YOUR NAMES by Pearl Cleage. Copyright © 2006 by Pearl Cleage. Reprinted by arrangement with The Random House Publishing Group. Published 07/15/2006

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Ash Wednesday, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes First Sunday in Lent, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday in Lent, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Third Sunday in Lent, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes