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A Prayer of the Gathered Congregation

All of creation wakes to meet you with praise, O God.

The rivers and waters, the trees of the fields, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,

greet you with sounds and motions of joyful praise.

The sun gives witness to your light, the stars shine forth your glory, the universe declares your works.

 

We, your people, join our hearts, our minds, our hands and our voices, our whole beings with all of creation to worship and adore you, to thank you and praise you, O Christ, our creator, our Savior, and our God.

 

Let your glory, indeed, be over all the earth.

 

Today as we worship You, as we hear your voice and feel your presence, lift us from the pettiness of life that so often keeps our attention, our concern, and our hearts.  In all of life may we seek and find you, and be humble and thankful before you.  Lift our minds and our hearts to greater vision, greater purpose, greater life in you.  Transform us, change us, till we feel what you feel, see as you see, love what you love, will what you will, think and act more like you each day.

 

As a congregation of your people today, transform us.  May we be more passionate about what you are passionate about.  Deepen us in reflection on you, your Word, and your creation.  Deepen our prayer lives both as a congregation and as individuals of it.  Let us stand boldly with you and for you O Christ, let your church give witness to you always.

 

We pray for the nations of the world, for the leaders of the world.  We know Your will is peace, yet our world is so torn, so broken by greed, hate, and evil.  May your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

 

We pray today for those who love you and serve you, may they grow in grace and experience the joy that comes from you alone.

We pray today for those who are seeking you, may they continue and may they find.

We pray today for those who are struggling, be near, O Christ.

We pray today for those who are far from you, those who resist you, those who oppose you, may your grace draw them to you forever.

We pray today for those who celebrate, for those who are mourning, for those who face illness, cancer, and diseases of all kinds.  We pray for those who are recovering, for those facing tests, for all those who like us are standing in the need of prayer.

 

We come to you today O Christ, because you alone are our Rock, our strength, our hope, our vision, our love.  And your love is touching us and healing us.  For this we lift up our voices to lift your name on high.  For this we praise you forever.  Amen.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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“Seek and you shall find”

Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, “’Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’”   – Luke 15:8-9

“Where did I put that?”

“It was just here.”

“I know that must be around here somewhere.”

“Seek and ye shall find!” Wait!  A scratch at the door, the dog has to go out.

Opening the refrigerator wide, the children’s lunches need to be made and I’ll need to clean up the spilled milk from yesterday’s life.

“Where did I put that?”

“It was just here.”

This would be so much easier with triangulation, if I could just call the thing and hear it speak.

“Seek and ye shall find!” Wait!  The garbage cans need to be brought in.  I must shower and get off to the work of the day.

“Where did I put that?”

Has someone picked it up and walked off with it?  Is it lost for good?

“Am I lost without it?”

“Seek and ye shall find!” Wait!  Life goes on and no one cares.  What’s lost is lost, never to be seen again.

Wait! Could it be amidst all the distraction the lost might finally be found, the seeker found by a greater search that drives the universe?

Tri-angled-unity, with GPS, has brought the lost back home.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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