Soggy, muddy grass Liberated from the snow Caught my attention A flock of turkeys Slowly moving together Caught my attention Rain falling, flowing Forging pathways down the hill Caught my attention The Spirit’s presence In and through and around me Caught my attention
God of Love and Peace, We lift up those who have been impacted by violence— violence both seen and unseen. We pray for individuals and for communities who are hurting, who are grieving, who are troubled, who feel trapped; and, we pray that you continue to heal these deep wounds. With your Spirit and with your people, work in their lives to bring physical, emotional, and spiritual restoration. And God, help us do our part in your healing work. For we long to see your love and peace prevail. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen
Gentle Spirit, source of inner peace, I rejoice in the moments when I sense your presence And feel a sense of calm. Even when my mind is so full of thoughts, Even when my days are so full of tasks, You whisper to me. You’re whispering in the words of friends, the kindness of another, the warmth of a community, and the creativity within me, In musical phrases, joyful celebrations, deep conversations, and moments of laughter. I hear your whispers in the tranquility of raindrops landing gently upon the ground. You draw me into the present moment, God, and oh, am I grateful. Amen.
Gracious God, in the course of our daily lives, we hear many different voices: work, family, and many other responsibilities call out to us. And, we let our noisy lives desensitize us to the sound of your call. Forgive us, we pray, for the times we were deaf to the sound of your voice in a stranger or friend. Forgive us, God, for the times we ignored the voice of the Spirit calling from within us. Forgive our failure to listen, Lord, and remind us to listen again. Help us hear with discerning ears, so we may respond in faith and love. Amen
God, I pray for tomorrow’s conversations: The ones with loved ones, and the ones with people I’ve only just met. The ones I hold within myself, And the ones that need no words at all. O God, help me listen deeply For your voice in loved ones and strangers. And God, may I be so attuned To your Spirit’s sweet song within me. Amen.
O God, we offer this our prayer For those who need more love and care For those with burdens on their mind And those with hardships of all kinds. O Gentle Spirit, hear our prayer For those who need your loving care O may they sense your steadfast peace And from their burdens find release. [This prayer can be sung to TALLIS’ CANON. The tune to which this hymn is often sung.]
Trees in the Wind Strong winds make their entrance, and Who listens but the trees? They know just where the wind travels And how to move along. When others are resisting, Fighting and feeling the blow, The trees embrace the moving force. In a dynamic dance, they respond. When inspiration makes an entrance, Who listens to its song? Who follows the Creative Spirit? Who embraces and responds? Not those who live in fear, I’d say, Nor those who shut out the Divine; But those who choose to hear the call And like trees in the wind, respond.
A Prayerful Response to Matthew 7:7-11 Spirit of God, Giver of Discoveries, I am reminded of all the times when you’ve met my inquiry with insight and my endless searching with interesting findings of one kind or another. And God, I am also reminded of how often I encounter the unexpected-- The times when you offer me that which I didn’t even know I was seeking. How wonderful! How puzzling. How curious. God of unexpected gifts, thank you. Thank you for keeping my sense of mystery alive. Amen.