Monthly Archives: November 2013

Sunday before Thanksgiving- November 24, 2013

God of Grace and Peace,

We gather today as a people in need–
in need of grace
of kindness
of compassion
of healing;
a people in need of rest and sabbath;
a people in need of peace.

Hear our prayers–the prayers of this congregation.

[read aloud the prayer cards]

And we acknowledge those needs left unspoken.

[pause for silent prayer]

Hear those prayers as well.

Wake us from our slumber of consumerism this coming season.
Open our hearts to your disruptive grace.
Stir us from complacency into contemplative action.
Motivate us by your unconditional, unfailing love
to act as an extension of that love.

Uncover our eyes to see abundance
so that we can experience satisfaction
and practice gratitude.

And remind us that a spirit of contentment
is a daily discipline.
It sees the good in the world
and enables us to move beyond ourselves towards service to others.
It trains our desire towards peace.

Your abundance allows us to keep a loose hand on things material
and instead embrace tightly
those who are excluded and in need.

Teach us how to best love one another.

Amen.

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November 10, 2013 — Faith

Gracious God,

We gather together
-not because of postulation
or proposition-
but because we experience the Spirit’s presence
in, around, and among us.

We gather because of promise
-the promise of your presence
and our covenantal promise to one another.

And as such, we promise to hear and bear
each others’ burdens
and share in each others’ joy.

Hear the prayers of this people!

[read aloud the prayer cards of the congregation]

And we acknowledge those delights so sweet
we find ourselves at a loss for words
and those fears and pains so deep
they only find expression in tears and groans.

Hear those prayers as well.

[pause for silent prayer]

Teach us how to best love one another.
And remind us that love is a commitment renewed daily.
All day long it works for good in the world.
Love stirs up in us a desire to serve
and to live peaceably.
And to devote our ways to the living traditions of Jesus
to welcome the excluded
to care for those in need
and to be faithful one to another.

Blessed Be!

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