An amazing thing happened at our Good Book Club meeting on Sunday. While discussing Mark’s Gospel, how its author describes the grace of God, and how we can apply God’s grace to our immediate context, an entire worship series evolved. We are now about half-way through our nightly series, Ten Days of Prayer for Peace and God’s Grace, and it is going very well. The service, based on the Episcopal Order of Compline (BCP, p.127), takes about 20 minutes. We have folks attending from as far away as Nova Scotia, and as close by as our friends from the Mary Magdalene First Apostle congregation who worship at our church building (when it is open, that is).
A dear member of our Good Book Club who cannot be with us on-line, due to sketchy rural internet service, is Judy Rose. But Judy tells us she is with us in spirit and I know she is. Today she sent us a prayer that we will include in our remaining Compline services. It came to Judy from her former faith community, the Congregation of St. Joseph. Someone there has a true gift for communicating the feelings of so many, and I am pleased to share those words with you here.
Congregation of St. Joseph Condemns Violence, Calls for Unity
The Congregation of St. Joseph is deeply saddened and disturbed by the events that transpired in Washington DC. We are heartbroken by the words and violent acts that seek to divide us, and lift our hearts in prayer for peace and in hope that we will find a way to repair fractured relationships and restore justice where it is most needed.
We condemn these acts of violence, and once again implore all citizens and elected leaders to work to end the rampant rage and division that have overpowered our nation. We are a country that promises a life free from fear, and yet we seem unable to stop the epidemic of hate that has overwhelmed us. We pray that we will be able to come together as one people, and reclaim our unity as a nation.
As people of faith, our mission is to bring all into unity with God, with one another, and with all creation. We promise to continue to work for unity by promoting peace and non-violence, by collaborating with others to bring about change, and by standing as a reminder of the healing presence of God in our world.
We join the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), of whom we are a part, in renewing our commitment to the common good and pledge to take up the challenge to use our energy to repair our democracy and contribute to the work of building a more perfect union. We invite all people of good will to join us and we call on our elected leaders to point the way.
Please join us as we pray for our nation, our people, and our leaders.
Prayer for Our Nation
In light of the events of January 6th in Washington DC, we offer the following prayer for our nation
Healer of Our Every Ill,
Breathe in and among all of us
who dwell in this land.
Soothe our wounds. Calm our fears.
Mend our divisions.
Hope of All Tomorrows,
Open our deaf ears and fill us
Tender our hearts.
Inspire creative ideas to address the cries
of our sisters, brothers and Earth itself.
Send forth your Spirit of Love and Unity.
Transform pointed fingers of blame
into hands open in reverence
to receive one another.
Fan into flame the gift of our founding
and let us be known again as a people
united for the goodness, justice and
peace of all people forever. Amen
If you are interested in joining us for the remaining services in our Ten Day series, here is the ZOOM link for all services. We meet at 7 PM nightly through January 20, Inauguration Day.
Meeting ID: 834 4155 2483
Have a Blessed Week!