Formed in the image and likeness of God,

We rejoice;

Fired by violence and facing away,

We recoil;

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Defaced, despairing, curved in on ourselves,

We cry;

Remaking, repairing, curved into the world,

You come, the Image of God.

With compassion, forgiveness, restoring the image,

You heal;

With powerfully piercing, incisive insight,

You teach;

With passion and proverb and practical story,

You preach.

Facing Jerusalem, challenging temple,

You suffer;

Surfacing from the depths of death,

You’re raised;

Infusing, renewing, the image refacing,

You pour out the fiery Spirit of God.

Being transfigured into your likeness,

From glory to glory;

With unveiled face, we face God’s Image,

Reflecting the light of the knowledge of God,

Seen in your face,

Jesus our Lord.

About The Author

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Graham Kings (@GrahamRKings) is Honorary Assistant Bishop of Southwark, parish priest at St. Matthew’s at the Elephant, London, and a Senior Common Room member, St Chad’s College, Durham University.

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