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Springtime – Christine Valters Paintner

“The fertility and flowering of spring speaks of an abundantly creative God who is at the source of the potent life force beating at the heart of the world. Created in God’s image, we are called to participate in this generous creativity ourselves. Our own flowering leads us to share our gifts in service to others.”

  

 — Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, Sacred Seasons: A Yearlong Journey through the Celtic Wheel of the Year – A Self-Study Online Retreat

Evening Prayer – 19 March 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

It was good to spend time in the National Park

To see our four-legged neighbors

To simply enjoy the beauty of your creation

To recharge worn out batteries

To simply Be Still

Now, as my eyelids grow heavy

I lift this humble prayer to you

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Litany for Breaking Down Walls – Godspacelight

God, for centuries we have imagined that between us and you

Were distance and difference,

Silence and judgement,

And ultimately, walls.
— Read on godspacelight.com/2019/03/19/litany-for-breaking-down-walls/

Evening Prayer – 18 March 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

A day of reflection and preparation

A time for study and a time for prayer

A time to visit a dear friend in hospital

A time to celebrate healing and recovery

A time tonight to remember a mentor

Hear his words of challenge and hope

Keep alive the dream; for as long as an individual has a dream in their heart, they cannot lose the significance of living. — Howard Thurman (Meditations of the Heart)

In your mercy, hear this humble prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Meditation Monday – Beyond Exclusion and Hate – Godspacelight

Jesus has come to transform people not to exclude them (Richard Rohr Wondrous Encounters 21)
It was these words of Richard Rohr that held my attention this week long before the tragic shootings at the mosques in Christchurch New Zealand. This horrific event shook many of us up with the urgency of our need to embrace those who have often been excluded. It was these words that revolved in my mind as I broke down the second wall in my Lenten garden today.
— Read on godspacelight.com/2019/03/18/meditation-monday-beyond-exclusion-and-hate/

Evening Prayer – 17 March 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

An intense and emotional morning of worship

Praying with and for our Sisters and Brothers in New Zealand

Seeking to break down barriers of hatred and fear

Seeking to walk with ALL of God’s children

Then to hear sad news from the congregation

We began the journey through the Valley of the Shadows once again

Seeking to be still and walk with our dear friends

It has been a long day

And so, as my eyelids grow heavy

I offer this prayer of encircling

For all of those who mourn

Circle us Lord,

Keep love within, keep hatred out.

Keep joy within, keep fear out.

Keep peace within, keep worry out.

Keep light within, keep darkness out.

May you stand in the circle with us, today and always. (https://kathwilliamson.blogspot.com/2009/10/celtic-spirituality-circling-prayers.html?m=1)

Lord in your mercy, hear this humble prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Sermon – 17 March 2019 – The Light Shines in the Darkness

Scripture Reading – Psalm 27

Sermon – The Light Shines in the Darkness