1 Samuel 1 & 2
We preached on Hannah's song not long ago. In fact it was during the summer only a few months ago but there is an insight we never mentioned first time round. By reading Hannah's prayer as part of our formal liturgy in the church, as part of a schedule of readings then we are sanctioning a vision and longing for revolution. Read what she says.
That's what is officially sanctioned to be read in church!
She doesn't pray what everyone else is praying in her day. She doesn't take part in the official temple religion. Everyone else does in the story: her husband, the priests, the people, but by praying the way they are told to, and praying for what they are told to,m the are taking tacitly part in the corruption of the temple of the time.
Hannah doesn't. Praying like Hannah, which we are invited to do given it is a reading formally adopted in our liturgy is to disconnect ourselves from the powers that be and have a different vision for the world: not what we are told to pray for, but for revolution.
Dare we pray that way on Sunday?
Hymns for Sunday that speak into that?