Prayers

Prayers

It’s Friday afternoon at the end of a good week.  Tomorrow the elders of the congregation will meet for their bimonthly prayer breakfast.  Then some members of the property committee and trustees will help Jim Kreko repair and refurbish the fence around our HVAC system behind the church.  While that is going on, the water will be running to fill the baptistery for use on Sunday (if you weren’t here on Sunday, you missed the baptism!)  Our elders make it a regular practice to meet for 1) faith formation and 2) prayer.  This weekend is one of the prayer times.  Concerns are shared about individuals, the congregation, the community and the world.  An open period for any elder to offer a prayer is followed by a closing prayer by me.  It is a meaningful time for us and a special moment in the routine life of our community of faith.  I would encourage you join us from the comfort of your home.  Take a few minutes one day this week and lift up your concerns as we will have done.  Adapted from the Torah:

O God, on this day
As You graciously receive my prayers,
Help me to hear Your call.
Grant me enough health to fulfill my duties,
And the compassion I need to attend to others.
Teach me humility that I may perceive my own faults,
And grant me the wisdom to be forgiving of others.
Give me the courage to be true to my highest self,
And the charity to see the best in those around me.
Give me patience enough not to become discouraged,
Hope enough to overcome all fears for the future,
And faith enough to know Your Presence.
O Source of blessings, look with favor upon me;
May my life’s offerings be acceptable unto You.
I praise You, O God, whom I serve in reverence.

Amen.

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