Monthly Archives: February 2014

February 23, 2014

God of grace and mercy,

We gather today out of hope and good will.
We come together as a strange and wonderful amalgam of health and brokenness,
relying upon your divine spirit to strengthen and comfort us.

We lift up the joys and concerns of this congregation:

[read aloud the prayer cards]

And you know the intentions of our hearts:
you know those treasures and delights which bring unspeakable joy
and you know the fears and troublesome concerns which carry a fragility too delicate for words.
Hear us in our silence. Know our best intention.

[pause for silent prayer]

Recognize our silence as an act of faith–as a prayer–as well.

And remind us that new every morning is your love,
O great God of Light,
and you are always already working for good in the world.
Stir up in us a desire for service
and the peaceable life.
And to devote our ways to the living traditions of Jesus
to welcome the excluded
to expect the best from one another
to care for the poor and those in need.

Teach us how to best love one another.

Blessed Be.

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February 9, 2014– Strength in Weakness

And God said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
Therefore, I would rather boast about my weaknesses.
So I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties; 
For when I am weak, then I am strong.
–words from 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Wounded God,
broken–like us–
we gather together, having left the chaos of the week.
A rowdy bunch,
mindful that our weaknesses–
the chips and the cracks in our veneer
reveal your presence.

Teach us how to drop our guard of ‘wholeness’
to lower our pretense of ‘orderliness’
to drop the facade of ‘propriety’
and instead acknowledge that we need each other
in this messiness called ‘life’.

Hear the prayers of this motley crew:

[read aloud the prayer cards]

We acknowledge that some of our wounds seem too raw to risk exposure
so we hold those quietly, close at heart.
But you hear the silence of those gaping wounds as prayer as well.
Teach us to trust you in the silence.

[pause for a time of silent prayer]

Teach us to be weak.
Open our hearts
so that we can minister through vulnerability
and in turn, be changed.

Teach us how to best love one another.
And help us remember that openness is a commitment renewed daily.
It expects and anticipates the good in the world
and seeks it.

Stir up in us a desire to serve
and to live peaceably,
devoting our days to walking in the living tradition of our teacher, Jesus,
to welcome the excluded
and to tend to those in need.

Blessed Be.

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