Reformation of the Heart: Seasonal Meditations by a Gay Christian

In these meditations for the church year, Chris Glaser continues his tradition of writing meaningful meditations for all Christians from the perspective of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

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After Weeks of Reading Spong

Lord Jesus, whom we call Christ, hear our prayer:
We have finished the book. Were you here, reading over our shoulders? Listening to our comments? What do you think?

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Prayer for Light

O God
We have said, “Your word is a lamp for our feet, a light for our path.” Sometimes it seems more like a flickering candle.

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Psalm 100

May the sounds of every city in every land–
the rush of traffic, the din of piledrivers
the hum of power lines, the roar of furnaces

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Litany of Confession

Leader. O God, You created us and gave us life, but for what purpose? We live
and work, but to what end? Like children bringing their broken toys,
we lay here before You our lives in need of mending.

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Image Prayer

O God, in whose image we are made,
Be in the folding of our hands, the bowing of our heads, the closing of our eyes, that we may be conscious of Your inward presence.

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Reflection

Praise universal wisdom; be thankful for what you learn.
You who seek insights, advocate for self-knowledge,

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Seeking the Truth

Sometimes it is more comfortable to avoid the truth – to fail to speak up when it is in our selfish interests to keep quiet. It is all too easy to go further than keeping quiet when we should speak out – to lie, to embroider the truth – to tell, what we like to think of, as ‘Little White Lies’.

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We Are Community

An opening affirmation

We are community
Embraced by the mystery of God’s love for all creation

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For Openness to Change

I wish for the source of ageless restoration to renew my spirit of transformation; then enliven enthusiasm, enlighten acumen and enhance kindness with patient understanding.

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Canticle of the Sun

Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi

Let us celebrate the life of Francis of Assisi who loved all of creation. With him, let us give thanks for:
Brother Sun, who brings the day; and who radiates the divine. He is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor

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The Goodness of God

May God’s peace rest upon us;
May God’s great love reach to every heart;

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Seekers Benediction

from Seekers Church, Washington, D.C.

Go into the seething cauldron of the world.
Listen for the questions and voices
that you would rather not hear.

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When Beauty Illumines

When beauty illumines a corner of your life, may your thanks to God spread that light through your whole being.

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Spirit of Life Prayer

We pray,
conscious that
raising our hearts and minds
is a gift of the Spirit of Life
at work
in the depths of our being.

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Great Mystery Prayer

May the Great Mystery that we call God
keep alive in each one of us
the search for a Faith that is real;

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The Sound that Calls Us

A responsive reading

One What is the sound that calls us? Listen carefully.
Many The beating of our own hearts calls us to ourselves. It calls us to be our true selves, our best selves. Calls us to be what we might become.

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Amen

All: If I could say one word,
I would say Amen

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