By your mighty hand, stars and planets know their courses. By your laws, earth and water and all elements hold their places. The seasons turn, winds blow and Life-giving Spirit breathes and moves in us. All things live and move by your command. These are your laws and decrees. We join with all creation to participate in your mystery.
We, your people, come before you and silence our hearts and inner beings. Creator of the Universe and Ancient of Days, we long to hear you. Thank you for the prompting to be aware we are at the crossroads. We ask what path we should take, so we may walk in a good way.
We gather at your Beautiful Gate rejoicing in your blessings. You created us to be in relationship with you and in community with each other. You have given us all we need, including the space to gather together, be nourished by you, and be encouraged by Life-giving Spirit in our midst. We bring our prayers to you; lifting our voices, we bring prayers of thanksgiving and all our griefs and sorrows.
econd Week after Pentecost, Saturday, July 2, 2022
Today, we invite you to “Reread, Rest and Reflect” on the prayers of the past week.
Lectionary Readings for Today:
Your love and mercy are boundless, LORD. Your ways are perfect. Creation will sing your praises forever. The winds blow, and seasons turn. Your love and kingdom shall never end. Praise to you, Yahweh, King of endless glory!
Thank you, Loving Yahweh, for loving us just as we are, even when we sin. We know what is right and want to do as you want for us, but we do it on our own. It is a battle of the will. We fail when we do it on our own. The more we try to do it on our own, the worse it gets. Thank you, God, that we are delivered through Jesus Christ, our LORD and that the Holy Spirit speaks to us.
Before the next step of our journey, we gather at your Beautiful Gate to hear your voice and receive your encouragement. The Intruder is so close to us, waiting for us to set out on our path. Many traps have been set for us today. The Intruder desires to trip us and draw us into darkness. Only you can protect us from the Intruder’s traps.
You call us to rise and be attentive to your voice and instruction. Your light pushes back the darkness and we respond to you by rising together. Music and celebration fill your courts. We respond with songs of praise. Our voices join with all creation celebrating your great love for us.
We come to your well of life-giving water, some of us as Water Carriers, and others coming with hopes and prayers. Thank you, Yahweh, for seeing us as we really are, your beautiful creation. Thank you for the vision you have placed inside each of us. Thank you for preparing us so we can take the next step.
We come to your sacred prayer space seeking a relationship with you. You welcome us in and reveal to us that you are always near, and your invitation to participate in your mystery is constant and not based on our timing or requests. How often are the times you knock on the door of our hearts only for us to ignore you or say, “not now, LORD, I’m busy!” Yet, you still invite us, and never turn your face away from us.