Thursday, October 19, 2017
   
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Prayers

Lord of Creation, create in us a new rhythm of life

composed of hours that sustain rather than stress,

of days that deliver rather than destroy,

of time that tickles rather than tackles.

Lord of Liberation,

by the rhythm of your truth, set us free

from the bondage and baggage that break us,

from the Pharoahs and fellows who fail us,

from the plans and pursuits that prey upon us.

Lord of Resurrection, may we be raised into the rhythm of your new life,

dead to deceitful calendars, dead to fleeting friend requests,

dead to the empty peace of our accomplishments.

To our packed-full planners, we bid, "Peace."

To our over-caffeinated consciences, we say, "Cease."

To our suffocating selves, Lord, grant release.

By your ever-restful grace, allow us to enter your Sabbath rest

as your Sabbath rest enters into us.

In the name of our Creator, our Liberator, our Resurrection and life, we pray.

Amen.

 

When Walking With Grief

Do not hurry as you walk with grief; it does not help the journey.

Walk slowly, pausing often.

Do not hurry as you walk with grief.

Be not disturbed by memories that come unbidden.

Swiftly forgive, and let Christ speak for you unspoken words.

Unfinished conversation will be resolved in him.

Be not disturbed.

Be gentle with the one who walks with grief.

If it is you, be gentle with yourself.

Swiftly forgive; walk slowly, pausing often.

Take time; be gentle as you walk with grief.

 An Affirmation of Faith

Lord, you have always given bread for the coming day; and though I am poor, today I believe.

Lord, you have always given strength for the coming day; and though I am weak, today I believe.

Lord, you have always given peace for the coming day; and though of anxious heart, today I believe.

Lord, you have always kept me safe in trials; and now, tried as I am, today I believe.

Lord, you have always marked the road for the coming day; and though it may be hidden, today I believe.

Lord, you have always lightened this darkness of mine; and though the night is here, today I believe.

Lord, you have always spoken when time was ripe; and though you be silent, today I believe.

 

Prayers from "Common Prayer; A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals"  by Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove