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Evening Prayer – 21 September 2017

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

At the end of a long day of ministry

In the midst, blessed by the joy of my beloved’s Birthday

Time spent in God’s wondrous creation

There is so much to be thankful for

Family, Friends, Vocation, Partnership

In the midst of it all, Your presence, Lord

To you we lift our humble prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Evening Prayer – 20 September 2017

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

A wonderful evening of worship

Praying together

Singing together 

Tis the Season of Peace

In a world gone mad

Juvenile threats and posturing

Ignoring repercussions that impact the world

In the midst of all this we pray

Dona Nobis Pacem et in Terra 

Grant Us Peace on Earth 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Belhar Confession – South Africa

“How should the church respond when sin disrupts the church’s unity, creates di- vision among the children of God, and constructs unjust systems that steal life from God’s creation? Members and leaders of the Dutch Reformed Mission Church in South Africa faced these questions under apartheid, a system of laws that separated people by race from 1948–1994.
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“We believe that Christ’s work of reconciliation is made manifest in the church as the community of believers who have been reconciled with God and with one another;
that unity is, therefore, both a gift and an obligation for the church of Jesus Christ; that through the working of God’s Spirit it is a binding force, yet simultaneously a reality which must be earnestly pursued and sought: one which the people of God must continually be built up to attain;
that this unity must become visible so that the world may believe that separation, enmity and hatred between people and groups is sin which Christ has already conquered, and accordingly that anything which threatens this unity may have no place in the church and must be re- sisted;
that this unity of the people of God must be manifested and be active in a variety of ways; in that we love one another;
that we experience, practice and pursue community with one another;
that we are obligated to give ourselves willingly and joyfully to be of benefit and blessing to one another…”
May God help us so to live in this time of darkness and insanity on the world stage and in our own backyards…

Evening Prayer – 19 September 2017

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

On the world’s stage the posturing of madness

In our hearts, the reality hits close to home

Lord, how do we respond to the insanity?

Part of me wants to run away and hide

Part of me wants to lash out in harsh language

Yet your gentle Spirit of love speaks to my heart

Where there is hatred, let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is despair, hope

Where there is darkness, light

Where there is sadness, joy

Lord, make me an instrument 

Not of hate or vitriol or violence

Not of exclusivism or bigotry

Make me an instrument of your peace 

Let your vision of love and peace expand

Let it be the default for our hearts and actions

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace 

Dona Nobis Pacem et in Terra

Grant Us Peace on Earth 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

When You Say Nothing At All

Wise words to heed from Ronnie!

Ronnie McBrayer

be stillA couple of decades ago I could cram for a history exam, carry on a conversation with a dorm room full of people, sing along to the radio, and watch MTV in the background (I told you it was decades ago – when there was actual music on MTV) all at the same time. And I could do so with a great deal of proficiency. I still try my hand at multitasking today, like simultaneously writing a column, carrying on a conversation with my wife, and checking my Twitter feed. Such attempts now end in calamity, as I can no longer recall what I wrote, said, or read unless I’m focused on one thing, or one person, at a time.

Part of my declining competence is age. Researchers, using magnetic resonance imaging, have discovered that as we grow older, we lose the ability to tune out distractions and background noises…

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Evening Prayer – 18 September 2017

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

Life’s journey is not linear 

Life’s journey wanders and weaves

In this circle of life we find ourselves 

We find ourselves in times of darkness

We find ourselves lost and alone

We find ourselves wounded and weary

In the midst of it all, the Spirit speaks

In the midst of it all, the Spirit guides

In the midst of it all, light shines in the darkness 

Hope springs anew and refreshes

Speak to us, Spirit

Guide us, Spirit

Reveal to us your peace

Dona Nobis Pacem 

Grant Us Peace 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Simplicity – Christine Valters Paintner 

“The invitation from the desert elders is to practice simplicity first. When we find this simplicity, they believed, we find true life.” 

 

— Christine Valters Paintner, PhD The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within