Monday, September 17, 2012

For September 23, 2012 -- Proper 20B, 17th After Pentecost

Come one, come all, come and pause for a moment of time.
We come seeking to be renewed, we come so that we can be sent out.
Come one, come all, come to join our hearts and souls together,
We come seeking to be reconnected with God, to hear God's Word of hope and challenge.
Come one, come all, come and join our voices in prayer and praise,
let us pray together...
God, in the midst of the busy-ness of the world we take a break to rest, to reflect, to re-energize.
In a world where all too often we feel inadequate or in over our heads, we wonder what it means to be capable,
In a world where there are so many voices claiming to share wisdom, we wonder how to recognize what is truly wise,
In a world which repeatedly tells us we have to try to be first and greatest we wonder what it means to be last and least.
As we work our way through this week, open our eyes and ears that we would see and hear the world as you do. Open our minds and souls that we would be ready to be transformed by your wisdom. And when we feel wholly non-capable, remind us that we do not need to get it all right, but that with your help we can get the important stuff right.
These things we pray, trusting that we are not alone, in the name of Jesus, who taught his friends to pray saying....

Humble thyselves in the eyes of God.
And God will lift us up. Higher and higher.
Go now from this place to live as humble servants of the One who Created us and who sends us out.
We go as those who are sent out to live lives that proclaim the love and hope of God. We go as people who humbly let God's wisdom guide our choices.
Go out knowing that the One who Created and Re-Creates goes with you always.
Guiding and shaping, leading and comforting. Thanks be to God. Amen

Monday, September 10, 2012

FOr Proper 19B

We have gathered, we have prayed, we have sung, we have listened for God's voice
now we prepare ourselves to go back into the world where we live and serve.
We have been reminded that words matter, that we need to speak carefully and caringly,
and so we go to carry the words of love and hope into a world which does not hear them enough.
As you share the words of hope and faith with those you meet,
May God speak through us.
As you go out into the world, remember the most important thing...
we are not alone!
Wherever you go, whatever you do, God is with you
Thanks be to God! Amen.