10 October 2019-Queering the Forest

Welcome

Let’s walk together for a while
and ask where we begin
To build a world where love can grow
and hope can enter in,
To be the hands of healing
and to plant the seed of peace,

Refrain:
Singing welcome, welcome to this place.
You’re invited to come and know God’s grace.
All are welcome the love of God to share
‘cause all of us are welcome here;
All are welcome in this place.

Let’s talk together of a time
when we will share a feast,
where pride and power kneel to serve
the lonely and the least,
and joy will set the table
as we join our hands to pray,

Refrain

Let’s dream together of the day
when earth and heaven are one,
a city built of love and light,
the new Jerusalem,
where our mourning turns to dancing,
every creature lifts its voice, crying welcome…

Refrain

God of Many Faces

God of many faces, we offer our praise,
singing your glory through all of our days.
Hear ever growing voices,
once fragile, now strong,
carrying melodies in expansive new songs.

God of many genders, our world reflects you,
sunrise and sunset uniting our hues,
woven into a city
with jewels of all shades,
houses of ruby and walls rowed with jade.

God of many names, we invite you to show
us the new names that reflect our true souls.
Breath with your spirit
to give us the word
that will indwell dry bones,
granting new life once heard.

God of many bodies, abide within ours,
shifting more each day through time and through scars.
Come sanctify our bodies,
all fashioned by you,
holier everyday, still becoming more true.

We Resist

We resist; we refuse
to let hatred in
we rise up
we won’t back down!
We’re in this ‘til the end!

Pray for your enemies
Welcome the stranger
Share love with your neighbor
We’re in this till the end.

From Seneca Falls

From Seneca Falls, from Selma to Stonewall
We’ve come a long way… we’ve come a long way.

From Seneca Falls, from Selma to Stonewall
We’ve come a long way but… the journey isn’t over.

Blowin’ in the Wind

How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail before she sleeps in the sand?
How many times must the cannon balls fly before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind; the answer is blowin’ in the wind.

And how many years can a mountain exist before it’s washed to the sea?
How many years can some people exist before they’re allowed to be free?
And how many times can we turn our heads and pretend that we just don’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind; the answer is blowin’ in the wind.

How many times must some people look up before they can see the sky?
How many ears must some people have before they can hear people cry?
And how many deaths will it take till they know that too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind; the answer is blowin’ in the wind.
Oh the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind; the answer is blowin’ in the wind.

Child of God

No matter what people say
say or think about me
I am a child, I am a child of God.

No matter what people say
say or think about you
You are a child, you are a child of God.

No matter what the world says
Says or thinks about me
I am a child, I am a child of God

No matter what the church says
Decisions, pronouncements on you
You are a child, you are a child of God.

And there is nothing, and no one
who can separate, who can separate
you from the truth that you’re someone
You are family; you are meant to be.
A child, a child of God
You are a child, you are a child of God.

Love Has Broken Down the Wall

Love has broken down the wall,
Love has broken down the wall,
Let us join our hearts as one,
Love has broken down the wall.

We’re accepted as we are,
We’re accepted as we are,
Through Love’s pow’r, all is reconciled,
We’re accepted as we are.

Cast aside your doubts and fears
Cast aside your doubts and fears
Peace and love freely offered here
Cast aside your doubts and fears.

We will tear down the walls!
We will tear down the walls!
Love has called us, one and all,
We will tear down the walls!

Heaven

The truth runs wild
like a tear down a cheek
Trying to save face, and daddy heartbreak
I’m lying through my teeth.
This voice inside
has been eating at me
Trying to replace the love that I fake
with what we both need.

The truth runs wild
like kids on concrete
Trying to sedate my mind in its cage
and numb what I see.
Awake, wide eyed
I’m screaming at me
Trying to keep faith and picture [her] face staring up at me…

Chorus:
Without losing a piece of me
How do I get to heaven?
Without changing a part of me
How do I get to heaven?
All my time is wasted
Feeling like my heart’s mistaken, Oh…
So if I’m losing a piece of me
Maybe I don’t want heaven?

The truth runs wild
like the rain to the sea
Trying to set straight the lines that I trace to find some release
This voice inside has been eating at me
Trying to embrace the picture I paint and color me free.

Chorus

A Hymn for Self-Acceptance

When you feel change might be hopeless,
When you’ve given up on God,
when you feel you’re not worth saving,
that your beingness is flawed.
When your prayers still seem unanswered,
Not a sound from the Divine,
maybe you have been mistaken.
God is sending you a sign.

Years and years, begging for turning
into something that you’re not.
The wrong prayer you have been praying,
You are not God’s afterthought.
You are made as God intended.
You are perfect—flawless too!
May each one of you remember,
Nothing severs God from you.

You are worth more than you realize.
You are wonderfully made
in the image of our Mother,
Father, Parent, all the same.
Don’t let doctrines of our churches
use the Word to misconstrue,
for it’s written in the scripture,
surely God delights in you!

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