|Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart||#500, UMH|
|Breathe on Me, Breath of God||#420, UMH|
|Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life||#427, UMH|
|For the Healing of the Nations||#428, UMH|
"The opposite of war is not peace, but creation
--From the Broadway Musical Rent, 1996
"Attention is love, what we must give the world around us, children, mothers, fathers, pets, the news, the woes of others. What we want to change we curse and then pick up a tool. Bless whatever you can with eyes and hands and tongue. If you canít bless it, get ready to make it new.">br> --Marge Piercy, "The Art of Blessing the Day"
Gracious and Holy One,
Creator of all things and of emptiness,
We come to you full of much that clutters and distracts,
Stifles and burdens not only ourselves
But the world around us.
Empty us of distractions
Of old scores to settle
Of the arrogance of being right.
Hollow out in this community a space
In which we will find ourselves with
peace and a whole heart
A forgiving spirit and holiness
And the will to reach boldly for abundant life for the whole human family.
--adapted from "Empty Me," Guerrillas of Grace by Ted Loder
|L:||The Church was born in wind and fire!|
|P:||It was not built to sweep us heavenward in a presumptuous tower.|
|L:||It was built to guide us down the dusty roads of the world.|
|P:||To lift up the downcast.|
|L:||Heal the broken.|
|P:||Reconcile what is lost.|
|L:||Bring peace amidst the unrest.|
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