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November 23, 2014– Enough!

Gracious God,

This is the season of gratitude.
And we gather together in a spirit of Thanksgiving–
aware of our giftedness
and the source of all things given.

As we celebrate your overflowing
grace and love for us,
help us to also remember
when we’ve had enough.

Enough…
that your grace is sufficient…
that we don’t, under your grace,
live out of an economy of scarcity;
that your grace teaches us
how to be satisfied.
And our satisfaction results in divine generosity.

Teach us to rejoice in the divine “Enough!”.

And open our hearts
to those who aren’t experiencing “enough”–
those in need of divine generosity.
Both our expressions of satisfaction and need
can be heard through our congregational prayers.

So we lift them up to you:
[read aloud the prayers of the congregation]

We lift them up to you.

And we acknowledge the unspoken prayers which linger in our hearts.
[pause for silent prayer]

Hear us in our silence, too–
in those gaps which express need and satisfaction.

We are reminded of your abundance
renewed each morning with the light of day.
All day long you are working for good in the world.

Let your abundance spark within us
the divine “enough” so that we’ll have
the desire to serve and live peaceably.

Devote our ways to the living traditions of Jesus
to welcome the excluded
and care for those in need;
to allow your grace to be sufficient
to live out of divine generosity.

Blessed Be!

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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington -August 25, 2013

God of justice and mercy,

We remember this weekend the March on Washington
and the demand for peace
for justice
for dignity.

50 years have passed and much has changed.
Yet 50 years have passed and too much remains the same.

Open our minds so that we can dream again your dreams
Open our hearts so that we can reflect your justice and mercy
And be changed.

Show us how to best love one another, as we lift up the prayers of this community.

[read aloud the prayers of the congregation]

And we acknowledge those prayers
-those sacred joys and passionate concerns-
which are too tender or feel to fragile to risk speaking aloud.
We lift those up as well.

[pause for silent prayer]

Teach us how to best love one another.
And remind us that even after 50 years
Love is a commitment that must be renewed daily.
It works for good in the world.
It stirs up in us a desire to serve
And to live peaceably.

Help us to devote our days to walking
in the living traditions of Jesus,
helping the poor
tending to those in need
welcoming the disenfranchised and excluded.

Give us the strength to break chains.

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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Pride Sunday- June 30, 2013

Gracious Spirit,

Today’s gathering is a celebration
of authenticity,
of vulnerability,
of openness,
of love.

Our expressions of hope and joy
as well as our concerns
our desires
our longings
are all part of that celebration.

For we know that true freedoms only exist
when all are free
(and not at the expense of someone else’s freedom).

As such, we lift up the prayers of this congregation:

[prayer cards read aloud]

And for those hopes and concerns
which leave us breathless and speechless,
we lift those up as well:

[pause for silent prayer]

We recognize that love is a 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.

Open our eyes to the needs which cause a lack of freedom in others
So that we can know how to best love one another.

And devote our days to walking in the living traditions of Jesus
to welcome the excluded
and care for the vulnerable
to work for justice
and rejoice in mercy.

Blessed Be!

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A graced community- July 28, 2013

Gracious God,

It is your fellowship
your presence
and the promise of your peace
which draws us together as a community.

And it is in this sense that we are a graced community:
not without our problems or faults
but voluntarily bound by a covenant-
a promise to extend your grace and mercy and presence to each other.

Open our hearts, Lord
Teach us how to best love one another.
Teach us to hear each other’s prayers and hopes.

[prayers of the people read aloud]

And we acknowledge there are prayers
(hopes and joys)
too tender for words.

Hear those prayers as well.

[pause for silent prayer]

Again we ask: teach us how to best love one another.
And remind us
that love is a commitment renewed daily.
All the day long it works 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 welcome the excluded
and tend to those in need.

This love is committed to justice
and favors mercy
and allows us to continue walking together.

Blessed be!

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