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Looking Toward Sunday, July 28, 2019

This Sunday, as we continue our Gospel on the Radio series, we will be led by our alto section leader Hilary Passo as she channels the pop artist and women’s power balladeers, Adele and P!nk.

The first time I heard P!nk’s new single, “Walk Me Home in the Dead of Night,” I was struggling over the death of a friend and a heap of bad news which came, as bad news tends, in one big clump. It was a time of darkness for me, and as I pulled into work, I googled the song and listened to it multiple times in my car before walking into my office. More than that, I was struck by the video, which you can walk here. It begins with a sense of menace and angst and a plea to not be alone. It became my prayer: 

Walk me home in the dead of night
I can’t be alone with all that’s on my mind,
So say you’ll stay with me tonight
‘Cause there is so much wrong going on outside 

And then suddenly P!nk doesn’t seem so alone. She is dancing in a long red dress, but the moves, she could only do with a partner. And shadows of unseen partners dance alongside here. In her crying out, she recognizes she is not alone in her darkness. She is comforted and accompanied. I have continued to sing this song when I need comfort or inspiration for prayer.

In our scripture for this week, Jesus is teaching the disciples how to pray. The example he gives about persistence begins with someone banging on the door of a friend in the middle of the night. The knocker is distressed seeking help and through persistence gets the buddy inside to get up and pass along a loaf of bread. 

Bring your hopes and prayers with you this week, and we’ll explore God’s presence to us in prayer and our presence to God as well. 

  • Scripture: Luke 11:1-13
  • Sermon: “Walk Me Home in the Dead of Night”

How can I be praying for you this week? As I run and listen to “Walk Me Home”, I will offer up your prayers for company in the dark, alongside my own.

I look forward to worshipping with you,