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An Adaptable Prayer by Kathy Swaar
Help us, Spirit of Life.
We are tired, weak, worn.
Unsure of how to pray in these upside-down times,
when the needs so far outstrip the seemingly paltry collection
of words we have with which to articulate them.
What we think we know gets upended daily –
often from one moment to the next –
each conversation and headline contradicting the last,
each new piece of information increasing our angst exponentially.
When we can’t see anything good,
when nothing is working,
when we feel conquered, separated, troubled,
alone and in peril, starved for connection,
naked and vulnerable,
remind us, Holy One,
that nothing separates us from your love.
Always for us – your heart ever tuned to the cries of ours –
you gather our tears, our sighs, our groaning, our laments
and hold them close, tending, honoring, and blessing each one.
In confidence and hope, trusting in your great mercy,
we offer our hearts and lives back to you, Holy One,
in worship and in praise.
A Litany based on Psalm 119:129-136 by Julia Seymour
for one or two voices
When your word is opened, O God, it brings hope.
Turn to us and be gracious, as you always do to those who hope in you.
When your word is opened, O God, it brings love.
Turn to us and be gracious, as you always do to those who love you.
When your word is opened, O God, it brings justice.
Turn to us and be gracious, as you always do to those whose trust is in you.
When your word is opened, O God, it brings peace.
Turn to us and be gracious, as you always do to those who lean on you.
When your word is opened, O God, it brings good trouble.
Turn to us and be gracious, as you always do to those who prize your ways.
A Benediction by Sarah Flynn Erickson
(Used with the Sanctified Art “Unraveled” series, but could work for a variety of texts, with amendments (“will to resist empire/temptation/etc” rather than Pharaoh))
Go into the world with a willing heart to love and to serve.
Go with a strong will to resist Pharaoh and speak truth to power.
Go with the desire to knit together the broken place of the world.
Go with the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God and the companionship of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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