Finding God, self, and community in wild spaces. The better we know our wild neighbors the more we'll discover ourselves.
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Sunday, June 9, 2019

A Liturgy for Prayer. The best life includes all life (and all parts of human the community) in Jesus' name


God, as we praise you for the beauty and wonder of your creative love; Of singing birds, of blooming flowers, of flowing rivers and expansive oceans, of cloudless skies and of life giving rain, of mountains and valleys; of life in all of its forms; of the night sky that brings into view distant planets, stars, and galaxies. As we ask, loving God, that you would open our eyes to all of the goodness and beauty of your creation and of our responsibility as its members…


Together we pray, Come, Holy Spirit




Together we pray, Come, Holy Spirit


Loving God, we lift up to you in prayer those among us who are sick and injured. As we pray that your healing presence would be upon our brothers and sisters…


Together we pray, Come, Holy Spirit


Loving God, we lift up to you the communities around the world that are suffering from the effects of violence, poverty, famine, neglect, abuse, racism, sexism, and other forms of marginalization. As we pray for your healing presence to be upon them…


Together we pray, Come, Holy Spirit


Loving God, we lift up to you those who are bound by the chains of addiction, depression, and fear. We pray that you would release them, as…


Together we pray, Come, Holy Spirit


Loving God, acknowledging that many who identify as LGBTQ have been marginalized and rejected by the church, we pray that they might be loved and welcomed, and that their sacred value as children of God might be affirmed. As we pray that full-welcome and participation into the life of the church might be extended to the members of the LGBTQ community…


Together we pray, Come, Holy Spirit


Loving God, empower us to be an answer to these prayers we’ve lifted. We lay down our lives before you as a holy and living sacrifice in union with Christ’s offering for us. We want to live as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. So change the desires of our hearts, loving God, so our hearts beat in tune with yours. As we pray that the changes you are bringing about within us may find expression in our living…


Together we pray, Come, Holy Spirit


Come Holy Spirit, fill us with the grace and love of God, empower us with inner strength as we pray as Jesus taught us…


Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy, may your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us of our failures to love as we forgive those who have not loved us. Do not lead us into temptation and deliver us from evil. Yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen. 
 


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