Presider: God be with you
People: And also with you
Presider: Open your hearts
People: We open our hearts to God
Come to us, God of peace.
Come with your healing and your reconciling power.
Come, that fear may be cast out by love;
Jesus, you set before us the way of wisdom: to care for the poor, feed the hungry, share instead of hoard our possessions, but it is a way that is counter to the ways of the world.
Oh, Guide of the Way,
My safety in trust
Determine my path
Each river, mountain, flower and tree
Are part of life’s rich tapestry
All sharing in our joyous celebration
But nature we can never own
The earth is only ours on loan
In ancient times a woman from the streets of Bethany, emboldened by faith and gratitude, came into Jesus’ presence carrying a jar of fragrant nard.
Let our community not be a circle with people
inside the circle who feel part of the club and
those outside the circle who feel excluded.
Our Goodness, which is in compassion,
We revere your vision.
May we support your ways
In common deeds
As we do in our highest ideals.
A recent memorial service for a much-loved artist in our church ended with a poem and a prayer. The poem was “When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver,
May the peace of God surround you
Like the trees of the forest
May the peace of God warm you all over
Like the sun in the sky
Clearing lifetimes of Karma
through my heart
a portal of healing
draws us into love
beyond our fears
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