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November 29, 2020
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November 25, 2020
ADVENT HOME PRAYERS
A booklet of Advent home prayers may help you mark Advent this year. It includes two options:
A. A simple meditation and prayer service to celebrate Advent at home each week. The prayers are suggestions, based on “An Order of Worship for the Evening” in the Book of Common Prayer. One person can be leader, or everyone who is old enough can take turns being leader. When possible, people other than the leader should light the candle and read the Scripture. The questions after scripture are meant to stimulate discussion and prayers. There are two choices for the closing prayer: the first is meant to be understood by children as well as adults; the second is from the Book of Common Prayer.
B. Four brief meditations/poems/ideas—read them anytime in the week (read them anytime!). Maybe once a day, with enough silence before and after to ask God to show you what you need to hear.
November 22, 2020
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November 15, 2020
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November 8, 2020
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November 5, 2020
(From Mary MacLeod, Naast, Gairloch)
Peace between neighbours,
Peace between kindred.
Peace between lovers,
In love of the King of life.
Peace between person and person,
Peace between wife and husband,
Peace between woman and children,
The peace of Christ above all peace.
Bless, O Christ, my face,
Let my face bless every thing ;
Bless, O Christ, mine eye,
Let mine eye bless all its sees.
November 1, 2020
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October 30, 2020
A moving perspective on spirituality and activism, in a conversation between Ruby Sales and Krista Tippett, On Being.
October 26, 2020
More ways to pray for the nation
First, a slide presentation that includes an explanation and prayers from The Rev. Howard Thurman.
Here's a taste:
Surround us, close present God of our spirit, that we may fathom the true intent of our hearts and our strivings, that we may sense the true intent of Thy purpose in human history, and the personal enterprise. We would not turn away from Thee; but again and again it is so hard to find Thee. Find Thee we must. Understand us in our searching, that even our weakness may lead us to Thy dwelling place. Amen.
Also, link to a youtube video with a 20 minute Buddhist "Metta" (lovingkindness) meditation--explanation of this too is in the slide presentation.
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October 18, 2020
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October 11, 2020
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September 24, 2020: Prayers for the Nation
I am going to try to be diligent again about posting prayers for our nation, and our upcoming election, not as a last resort or as our only plan of action but as a beginning from which actions can spring. Here are the prayers we will be using every Wednesday and Friday evening at 6pm (note change in time) at least until the election.
Our patron was a fisherman, brother to simon peter. The tradition shares that jesus was walking along the sea of galilee, and he called andrew and peter to become "Fishers of people." the nets andrew used in the context of making his living serve as a serendipitous metaphor in the inter'net' age of the 21st century.
A prayer for Advent waiting
My Lord God.
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything
apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this
you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
-- Thomas Merton