Church Benediction in Honor of Saint Aretha Franklin

Emily Swan
Aug 16, 2018 · 2 min read

When darkness comes

And pain is all around

May you find friends who will lay down for you,

Like a bridge over troubled water

When it’s been an uphill journey

When it’s sure been a long way comin’

When it’s been real hard every step of the way

May you believe that your change is come

May you discover the joys of receiving R-E-S-P-E-C-T

May you go ridin’ on the freeway of love, wind against your back

May you always feel natural — be it a natural woman, a natural man, or naturally gender fluid or non-binary

May you never be treated badly by a chain of fools

May you not falter when the river is deep.

May you still believe when the mountain is high.

May you prove unstoppable when the the valley is low.

May you always know the love of God is there waiting for you.

Stop trying to be

Someone you’re not

Let your mind go, let yourself be free

Because where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is

Freedom (freedom), freedom (freedom)

Freedom, oh freedom

We are connected, you and I

And oh, how you are loved

Together, forever, that’s how it must be

To live without you

Would only mean heartbreak for me

Your time has come to shine

All of your dreams are on their way

See how they shine?

And if you ever need a friend

Look around, we’re sailing right behind

Saying a little prayer for you.

Go in peace.

Emily Swan and Ken Wilson are co-pastors of Blue Ocean Faith, Ann Arbor, a progressive, inclusive church. Visit us at solusjesus.com.

Solus Jesus

Solus Jesus: A Theology of Resistance, is the place to…

Emily Swan

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Co-Author with Ken Wilson of Solus Jesus: A Theology of Resistance, and co-pastor of Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor, a progressive, fully-inclusive church. Queer.

Solus Jesus

Solus Jesus: A Theology of Resistance, is the place to explore a new approach to Christianity. Emily Swan & Ken Wilson are co-pastors of Blue Ocean Faith, Ann Arbor (a2blue.org).

Emily Swan

Written by

Co-Author with Ken Wilson of Solus Jesus: A Theology of Resistance, and co-pastor of Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor, a progressive, fully-inclusive church. Queer.

Solus Jesus

Solus Jesus: A Theology of Resistance, is the place to explore a new approach to Christianity. Emily Swan & Ken Wilson are co-pastors of Blue Ocean Faith, Ann Arbor (a2blue.org).

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