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February 28, 2015– A prayer for ISIS (part 1)

Love your enemy, you say.

Pray for those who persecute you, you say.

Fine.

A theological exertion of the will–
To wish change upon the Other.
A prodding of your Spirit to move ‘them’ towards the right ends.

She must be lazy: in need of a prompt or invocation.
At any rate, the Divine Will is certain;
The Direction clear.
And my intercession will get Her moving.

So I pray.

She gets up and stretches
and turns towards me.
Amused, She laughs–
Carbonated holiness.

With a yawn of boredom
She points to a new interpretation–
instead of intercession
how about empathy?

To pray as your enemy would–
on their behalf.

And Divine Judgment shifts
its gaze back to me
and mirrors
complacency
manipulation
dependency
addiction
selfishness
myopia
violence
racism
nationalism
colonialism
imperialism

The prayer for intercession
is a prayer of confession.
This is what it means to pray for my enemies.

And now I don’t know who they are.

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December 14, 2014 – Third Sunday of Advent: Joy

Gracious God,

We gather together
in celebration of the Divine–
in, around, and among us.

Your presence overwhelms us
and instills us with a deep and abiding joy.
In you we find our peace and comfort.

Open our hearts
so that the still waters of peace get stirred.
Move us out of complacency
so that we bubble over with joy and passion.
For your joy dispels all fear.

Open our hearts to hear the prayers of this congregation–
both our concerns and our hope.

[read aloud the prayer cards]

We talk of joy
but we also have to acknowledge
that joy can be elusive for some
especially during the holiday season.
Some concerns run so deep
we cannot find words to express them.
Hear us in our silence too.

[pause for silent prayer]

Thank you for hearing us!

Teach us to also hear each other
in those gaps– in the silences.

Open our hearts
and stir up in us
a desire to serve
and live peacefully
and joyfully–
without fear
and without the need to grasp
or lay hold of answers or quick fixes.

Open our hearts
to the joy of your presence
which sustains us
regardless of circumstance
and frees us
to love one another.

Amen!

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Spring ahead- March 10, 2013

Gracious God

We are a people of habit
finding comfort in routine.
We want our time
our schedules
our lives
to be stable and dependable
to be steady
to be certain.

But we gather together in anticipation of change.
Shake us from our need for certainty and routine!

Give more light to our days
So that we can grow with the Spring:
upward and outward
in ever widening circles and postures.

Uproot our stagnant perspectives.
Shake our foundations.
Teach us to embrace change.

And as we encounter these holy changes
teach us how best to love one another.
Hear now the prayers of those in the congregation
who have experienced or are experiencing growth and change.

[read aloud the prayer cards]

And those prayers which are too tender
or too close to the heart to be spoken aloud…
Hear those prayers as well!

[pause for silent prayer]

And with the growing light
we acknowledge
that new every morning
is your love, O Great God of Light
and all day long you are working for good in the world.
Stir up in us a desire to serve
To live peaceably
And to devote our days to walking
in the living traditions of Jesus.

Blessed Be!

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