Psalm 22

Psalm 22:25-31

(aligned with Year B Easter 5)

Here in this great gathering for worship
    I have discovered this praise-life.
And I’ll do what I promised right here
    in front of the God-worshipers.
Down-and-outers sit at God’s table
    and eat their fill.
Everyone on the hunt for God
    is here, praising him.
“Live it up, from head to toe.
    Don’t ever quit!”

27-28 From the four corners of the earth
    people are coming to their senses,
    are running back to God.
Long-lost families
    are falling on their faces before him.
God has taken charge;
    from now on he has the last word.

29 All the power-mongers are before him
    —worshiping!
All the poor and powerless, too
    —worshiping!
Along with those who never got it together
    —worshiping!

30-31 Our children and their children
    will get in on this
As the word is passed along
    from parent to child.
Babies not yet conceived
    will hear the good news—
    that God does what he says.

This feels like the intergenerational ministry elevator pitch! Everyone at the table! Everyone hunting and seeking and praising and eating and running into God! This psalm is such a wonderful picture of the ideal of the Kingdom of Peace: togetherness.

I don’t have a lot to say today, but I do have a challenge:
As you read through this Psalm, think, very thoroughly, about the ways that these words do, or don’t, show up in practice in your community.
How do you experience ‘everyone’ in your community?
We want to start to gather stories of the ways that intergenerational faith life is happening in our communities right now. So please, comment and share with us:
Do you have stories of powerful people and the powerless, worshiping together?
Do you have stories of children and young people and families and adults and the elderly all eating and sharing and seeking and finding God together?

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