Talk without action is dead, in other words, which might sound familiar. (See James 2:14-17, especially 17.)
But at certain stages of Habitat life, “God talk” dominates: Prayers before board meetings and meals; devotionals before staff meetings — and worship at house dedications.
The short — 15-minute — dedication Friday, like all Habitat dedications, included a litany, this one led by board member Kevyn Colburn. Feel free to pray it with your spouse, or a friend, or by yourself. I'm sure that neither the Medinas nor anyone with Habitat would mind.
Leader: Great and gracious God, you are the giver of all things.
People: We praise you for your kindness. We humbly accept your mercy.
Leader: We ask your blessing on all that we think, all that we do, and all that we have.
People: May our words and actions be pleasing in your sight.
Leader: We pray that you will dwell with us as we gather in this house today.
People: May we recognize your presence, O God.
Leader: Keep us mindful of those who have no safe dwelling, no peaceful place in which to live.
People: Help us see the hurts of others and to understand those hurts as your pain, O God.
Leader: Remind us of all that we may possess and do in your name if we will trust in your promises and obey your commandments.
People: Move us to action, O God. Empower us with confidence.
Leader: Guide us to serve you by working with those who are in need of decent shelter.
All: Fill our hearts with mercy and our minds with understanding. May the work we do be a witness to our faith as we extend the shelter of your love to others. Amen.
And after a benediction, everybody left to put their faith back to work.