We confess our untruth – a liturgy

The liturgy from ‘The God Delusion’ Greenbelt 2007. By Cary Gibson.

Where does our faith lie?
There is a god / There is no god
Does It make no difference?

This is an act of confessing:
Believers all are we
In Truth?
We confess our untruth

Knitting our creeds tightly
We are deluded by our certainty
Our rightness of belief
God has become the solution, the patch
We distort our world
We efface the other
Demanding, Excluding, demeaning, outwitting
Shouting, THIS is how it is

Wearing our creeds
Wearing our beliefs
Wearing them tightly
Til We are barely breathing

Blessed are the meek
are the poor
Blessed are those at the end of their rope?
Not on our watch!

We got Distracted,
And god has contracted,
We have made flesh become word

We have reified our creeds:
I am right
They are wrong
Our truths are binding
and
We will not let them go

Where does our faith lie?
There is a god / there is no god
We are living another kind of difference

This is an act of affirming:
Believers all are we
In Truth?
We affirm our untruth

Reknitting our creeds light in hand
We are liberated by our uncertainty
Our fragile belief
where God is the wound, the hole in the weave
We discover the world
We face the other
Undergoing, Listening, Wondering, embracing
Asking, Is this how it could be?

Unravelling our creeds
Unravelling our beliefs
Unravelling them creatively with care & daring
So that truth is breathing

What will we weave anew with these threads
For the meek,
the poor
For the end of their rope?

Let our stories unravel and be told without conclusion
Let us knit our lives together
With meaning that cannot be grasped by our words

Let our creeds come apart at the seams:
I am right
Yet I am wrong
Our truths are transforming
and
We let them go…

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