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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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Palm Sunday- March 24, 2013

Gracious God

We gather today on this Palm Sunday reminded:

Reminded of the powers that pull for
our attention and affection.
Teach us to center our focus correctly.

Reminded that public leadership
with an eye for social justice
comes with a cost.
Give us courage to stand in solidarity with those in need anyway.

Reminded that our actions have consequences.
Expose us when we carry praise or blame too far.

Reminded, as we give voice to the joys and concerns of this congregation
that we are all in this together.
Teach us how to best love one another.

[read aloud the prayer cards]

And we lift up those prayers
-those cries within us-
which are too tender or precious to be spoken aloud.

[pause for silent prayer]

Give us eyes to see each other’s needs.

And remind us through all of this
that new every morning is your love
Great God of Light
And all the day long love is working for good in the world.
It stirs up in us a desire to serve one another.
To live peaceably.
And to devote our days to walking
in the living traditions of Jesus.

Blessed Be.

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