Sunday, May 28, 2023

Pentecost Prayer by Joyce Rupp From Prayer Seeds


Voice 1: Spirit! Power and Passion of our being,
press upon our hearts your profound love.
Move through the fragments of our days;
enable us to sense your fiery Presence
consecrating our most insignificant moments.

Voice 2: Spirit! Source of Vision, Perceptive Guide,
permeate the moments of our choices
when falsehood and truth both call to us.
Turn us toward the way of goodness,
so that we will always lean toward your love.

Voice 1: Spirit! Blessing for the heart grown weary,
encircle us with your loving energy,
empower us with your active gentleness.
Deepen within us a faith in your dynamism
which strengthens the weak and the tired.

Voice 2: Spirit! Breath of Life, Touch of Mystery,
you are the ribbon of inner connection,
uniting us with the groaning of all creation.
Because of you, our lives gathers into a oneness.
Keep us attentive to this interdependence.
Fill our beings with constant compassion
and a deep hope that knows no bounds.

Voice 1: Spirit! Dwelling Place, Sanctuary of Silence,
you are the home for which we deeply yearn.
You are the resting place for which we long.
We find both comfort and challenge in you.
May we keep our whole selves open
to the transforming power of your indwelling,
that we may ever know the blessings
of your tremendous companionship.  Amen.

Prayers for Our World

From May I Have This Dance? An Invitation to Faithful Prayer Throughout the Year by Joyce Rupp

Voice 1: When we come face to face with the challenge of self-giving, when we are asked to go the extra mile, to take the risk of reaching out to another, to offer forgiveness to the heart that rejects us…

All: Spirit of God, You fill us with the energy of your love.

Voice 2: When our world seems bleak, when we walk with sadness written on our soul, when we have days during which everything goes wrong…

All: Spirit of God, You stir the energy of your joy within us.

Voice 1: When anxiety and concern take over our spirit, when restlessness or boredom holds sway over us, when our world cries out in distress and turmoil…

All: Spirit of God, You deepen in us the energy of your peace.

Voice 2: On those days when we hurry too much, during those times when our anger flares because our pet agendas aren’t met, when we stop giving people our acceptance and understanding…

All: Spirit of God, You create in us the energy of your kindness.

Voice 1: As we face the shadow of our inner world or peer into the darkness of our outer world, as we struggle to believe in our own gifts and blessings…

All: Spirit of God, You, strengthen in us the energy of your goodness.

Voice 2: In those difficult times when fear threatens to drown our trust in you, during those experiences of growth when we are tempted to doubt all the ways we have known you…

All: Spirit of God, You renew in us the energy of trusting you.

Voice 1: When harshness or abruptness dominates our moods, when we feel challenged by the power of another, when we use the things of this good earth…

All: Spirit of God, You bless us with the energy of your gentleness.

Voice 2: As we walk on the edges of life and death, as we struggle with the disciplines of spiritual growth, as we yearn to be faithful amid the many changes of inner and outer growth…

All: Spirit of God, You move us with the energy of your guidance.

Voice 1: Spirit of God, you are the stirrings in our hearts. You urge us to get going. You prompt us to follow. You encourage us not to give up. You call us to open our minds and our hearts to receive your energizing, transforming radiance. May we be receptive so that we will follow your loving movement within our lives. We trust in your powerful presence within us.

(pause for prayers for our community)

MT: Spirit of God, you are always within, around and among us.


Fire of Love by Kathy Sherman

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