Our gatherings are a pause
–a respite from the vicissitudes of daily life.
Or at least they should be.
Calm our spirits and gently remind us
that there is no where else we need to be
no better thing we could be doing
no issue so pressing
that we cannot or should not take the time
to breathe in your love.
Teach us to bask in your Holy Sabbath
Even in the times of our greatest joys
and most worrisome concerns.
On this Sabbath we lift up in quiet commitment
the joys and concerns of this congregation:
[read the prayer cards]
And we acknowledge those joys so overwhelming and sweet
they cannot be spoken aloud
And those concerns which burden us so deeply we are at a loss for words.
Hear those prayers as well.
[pause for silent prayer]
Teach us to set aside time for renewal
so that we have the resources to live up to our commitments.
For we know that love is a commitment which must be renewed daily.
All the day long it is working for good in the world.
It stirs up in us a desire to serve
and to live peaceably.
And to devote our days to walking in the living traditions of Jesus
to care for the poor, and welcome the excluded.
In your quiet gentleness
teach us how to best love one another.