Prayer: Teach us Your Ways…

Contributed by Bill Matson Creating God, with an engaging spirit you never fail to meet us where we are, ever faithful while calling us into each tomorrow with the excitement and adventure of new possibilities. As we greet this new day, facing realities we find overwhelming, let us not be burdened with a sense of hopelessness and…

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Prayer: God of Land and Sea…

Contributed by Beth Johnson God of land and sea, of moon and sun—we are never without your presence. You move in and through us always and everywhere. You are as near as our breath, as close as our heartbeat. We see you in the eyes of all we meet. We hear you in the coo of…

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Process & Faith Table Grace

Contributed by Paul Nancarrow (sung to Tallis Canon) O gracious Giver of all good And loving keeper of our deeds, Accept our thanks for this good food And serve through us our neighbor’s needs.

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Prayer of Invocation

 By Sharon Rhodes-Wickett Creating, beckoning, loving God, We invoke our heightened attentiveness that you are with us, within us, and beyond us. We praise you that you never give up on us. We acknowledge we are a stiff-necked people who get stuck without ever intending it. So now we breathe in of your life-transforming spirit and…

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Pastoral Prayer for the Gulf Oil Spill

By Jeanyne Slettom “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). Loving God, We seek clarity in all the dimensions of our lives–our relationships, our work, our leisure. Like Jesus, who set his face toward Jerusalem in the certainty that, in so doing,…

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Prayer

By John B. Cobb, Jr. O Thou, who art both Father and Mother of us all, we thank you for the beauty and love with which we are surrounded here. We thank you that we can live with others who share our gratitude to you and have concern one for another. We thank you that as…

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BARE ATTENTION

“You’re snowballing,” she says in a tone of compassionate caution. “Yes, I know,” I say. It has been an intense day, an intense week, an intense month. There is too much to do, and my stores of energy, time, and focus do not feel up to the task of meeting the various demands that press…

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ADVENTUROUS SPIRITUALITY IN REAL LIFE

By Bruce G. Epperly One of my spiritual teachers Gerald May saw the heart of spirituality as involving the following practices: pausing, noticing, opening, yielding and stretching, and responding.  Such practices are not intended to be esoteric or monastic, but can be embodied in our daily lives with our eyes wide open. I have to…

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