In the part of your church I’m from
we like to talk about worship being done decently and in order.
We are busy writing prayers,
and dressing the building for Pentecost:
that day when we celebrate your life-giving Spirit,
poured out on all flesh.
Help us not to be so concerned with
‘decently and in order’
that we eliminate any trace of chaos that your Spirit might be brooding over.
We ask that as we carefully prepare worship
we leave room for the work of your Spirit;
that the words that we craft
not obscure from view
her dancing, enlivening, inspiring presence.
Awaken us to the Spirit’s work
within and between us.
Shake us up, surprise us, breathe fresh life into us.
We pray in Jesus name.
Jemma Allen is an Anglican priest, living and working in Auckland, New Zealand. She is also a counsellor and spiritual director and is currently working on a research project about contemplative practices as they relate to the work of counselling.
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