in the midst of chaos, you are calm;
in the center of unrest, you are peace.
Quiet our spirits
and focus our attention
when the pain feels too great
and we cannot catch our breath.
Be present, we pray,
with those who are suffering
those who have lost
their sense of direction
along with everything they own,
and those who follow
without understanding what is taught.
Shine your light into the darkness.
Birth new hope in places of grief and pain.
Spirit of Wisdom,
breathe empathy into hearts.
Teach us how to dismantle systems of injustice
in the world,
but also in your church,
and to be the church in the world,
facilitating the process
that leads to new life
in the appropriate time.
Julie Gvillo is Commissioned Pastor (PCUSA) and Founder and Creative Executive Director of A Place of Grace. Julie shares liturgy written on RCL passages each week on her blog, Point of Contact: Where Life and Worship Intersect.
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