Carol McMurdo-Paton and Shirley Paton are inviting persons to, separately, join in prayer for our Community of faith and our world each day between 10:00 and 10:30
Here is a suggested liturgy
A PRAYER TIME FOR FIRST UNITED
There is great power in the prayer of community. Many of First’s folks, by themselves or gathering as family, are praying this small prayer between 10:00 and 10:30.
Allow about 10 -15 minute (ADAPT this to address the spirituality of children, youth... as you need)
Recall that there is much healing power in prayer.
Healing and grounding for ourselves,
for those we love,
those we care about,
for our country, the environment, the world....
BRINGING OTHERS INTO THE CIRCLE OF OUR PRAYER ENERGY
In what ever way is comfortable for you,
recognize God-with-Us, the Eternal Love
embracing and energizing, comforting and healing...
Imagine others from First, praying with you, you with them, at this time.
Bring into your Circle of Prayer any and all you care about (name them)
(allow time for all to voice what is on their heart.)
Take some time to let your Sacred Love connect
with the Sacred Love of what was named
Say a little prayer:example: Holy One, God,
be with all that we have named.
and be with each of us here
and with our couple/family/church community
as we ground ourselves in You.
(add anything else you wish)
We send Healing,
Sacred Spirit energy
to give Wisdom to our Leaders
strength to Brian and those working with him
Hope to our environment.
(if others are with you, ask them if they would like to add anything)
PRAYING THE PRAYER OF JESUS (Voices United page 916)
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is, and that shall be.
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo
through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed
by peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done
by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love
now and for ever. Amen.
SONG: perhaps sing a hymn, as many verses that everyone knows the words.
And so we end this time of prayer
grounded and resting in the Sacred
energized by the Christ-energy.
We are not alone,
Thanks be to god.