Category Archives: Holy Spirit

October 19, 2014–(In)dependence

Gracious God,

We are an independent lot, Lord.
We each have our own opinions
and our own ideas
of how the world should work–
of how each other should be.

We seek our own light
and our own truth.

Everything can be customized
and tailored to suit.
Even our spirituality.

But in spite of all that,
and against our better judgement,
we gather together as one body
these Sunday mornings.

This ‘gathering’ is an act of cultural defiance–
a protest against rampant individuality
and consumerism.

We gather collectively as an act of trust
that your presence is in, around, and among us.
We hold to the promise of your faithfulness and love
that when two or three are gathered, you will dwell among us.

And so gathering together like this displaces our egos
and opens our hearts and minds
to the Spirit’s leading
to compassion.

As our individual prayers  are read aloud before the congregation
they are transformed into the collective prayer
and hope of us all.

So we ask you to hear the prayers of this gathering.
[read aloud the prayer cards]

And we acknowledge those intimate thoughts,
concerns and hopes that feel
too tender of fragile to speak aloud.

We trust those to your presence too.
[pause for silent prayer]

Hear our silent prayers!

Bind us together
as a collective
and move our hears and minds
towards a good that is greater than our individual egos.

Open us to your leadership–
to learn a new way.

Inspire us by your faithfulness and love
and renew our hearts
through contemplation
towards action
for the love of our neighbors
and this world.

Blessed Be.

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September 14, 2014– HOPE

Gracious God,

We gather together today
aware of your presence in the cool breeze
which awakens our senses
and refreshes our outlook.

It is easy–far too easy–God, to be weighed down
by the news of terrorism,
war,
domestic violence,
abuse–
some of which seems foreign and far off–
others of which are known far too personally.

Your refreshing cool breeze
reminds us of our hope:
that things can change;
that permanence is illusion;
that nothing is final.

Remind us, Divine One,
as we lift up our concerns to you,
of this hope which grants us buoyancy
and refuses to let us sink.

[read aloud the prayer cards]

Hope floats on the wings of your Spirit.

So remind us daily
of the presence of your Spirit
in, among, and around us.

Hope is a commitment and spiritual practice
that must be renewed daily.

Hope not only sees, but actively works for good in the world.

It stirs up in us a desire to serve
and to live peaceably and justly.

Hope motivates us on our spiritual paths
as we practice the living traditions of Jesus:
who welcomed those in need of hospitality;
who cared for the least among us
and made them his priority;
who considered the price of grace
and offered it anyway.
And who never gave up hope.

Blessed Be!

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June 7, 2014–Pentecost

O Divine Spirit,

We gather this Pentecost morning
drawn in by your Spirit
and its promise of new ways of speaking
and renewed understandings;
of youthful passion
and the wisdom that accompanies age.
You unite us across the most impenetrable boundaries
and open our hearts to one another.

Blow like a mighty rushing wind
across this congregation!
Sweep the dust from the corners of our minds and hearts
and grant us a fresh perspective
–a breath of new life
–a cool breeze for our fevered pace.
Alight on us anew!
And carry on your winds the prayers of this congregation!

[read aloud the prayer cards]

We breathe you in and out.
Even when we fail to utter aloud our concerns
we trust your presence with us.
Sustain our silent prayers on buoyant wings
and raise them up:

[pause for silent prayer]

Remind us, Holy One,
that the practice of the presence of the Spirit
is a discipline and commitment that is renewed daily.
It works for good in the world.
It stirs up in us a desire to serve
and to live peaceably.
And to devote our ways to the living traditions of Jesus
who welcomed the excluded,
tended to those in need,
and challenged injustice.

Fill us with your grace!

Blessed Be!

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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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Pentecost- May 19, 2013

Gracious God,

It is the presence of your Spirit which draws us together
Blow like a mighty wind
Shake the cobwebs from
our tired patterns of thinking
Sweep the dust
from our hardened hearts
Breathe new life into our souls
Fan the flame of passion for the poor and disenfranchised
Teach us the language of love
So that we can truly hear and respond to the needs around us.

It is the presence of your Spirit among us
which allows us to be vulnerable
with each other
to share our joy and express our pain.

As such, we lift up the hopes and concerns of your people:

[read aloud the prayer cards]

And we acknowledge there are joys so sweet
they leave us inarticulate
And pain so deep
we find ourselves at a loss for words.
We entrust those unspoken prayers to the Spirit as well.

[pause for silent prayer]

Finally, we acknowledge
that it is your Spirit
which prompts us to renew our commitment to love each day.
It stirs up in us a desire to serve
And to live peaceablely
And enables us together to devote ourselves
to walking in the living traditions of Jesus
to care for the vunerable.

Teach us how to best love one another
through the grace of the Spirit.

Blessed Be!

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