Holy Is and Was and Is to Come,
We gather our hearts and minds close to you.
We pray for all of your Being to wrap around us, sink into our bones, and move within as we move in the worlds around us.
Remind us when we are afraid, that you are next to us.
Remind us when we are timid, that you are within us when we speak up.
Remind us when we want to stick our head in the sand, that you will carry us as we walk towards justice and truth.
Remind us when we are weary, that you will hold us and revive us.
Remind us when we feel useless, that you are our possibility and creativity.
Remind us when we forget who we are, that we are Yours.
We pause, this morning, in silence, to lift up the names of those who need your loving care and hope. (silence)
We pause this morning, to offer the burdens of our hearts and lives to you. (silence)
We pause this morning, to pray for all the corners of the world, and for our earth home. (silence)
All these prayers and more, we offer for Love’s sake,
The Rev. Karla Jean Miller is Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA. She is a contributor to the RevGalsBlogPals Book, “There is a Woman in the Pulpit”.
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