Lenten Evening Prayer, 25 March 2020

PRAYER Connection to the Source     (check out Isaiah 43:1-4a, 5a)

For our prayer time together today, I invite you to light a candle, find a quiet space where you can relax and center.  Notice what is happening as you breathe, notice the rise and fall of your abdomen and diaphragm.  Pay attention to your body as you calm.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Half smile.  Relax into this moment of pure oneness and blessedness. 

I know a lot of fancy words.
I tear them from my heart and my tongue.
Then I pray.

Lord God, mercy is in your hands, pour
me a little.  And tenderness too.  My
need is great.  Beauty walks so freely
and with such gentleness. 
When I first found you I was
filled with light, now the darkness grows
and it is filled with crooked things, bitter
and weak, each one bearing my name.

Oh, feed me this day, Holy Spirit, with
the fragrance of the fields and the
freshness of the oceans which you have
made, and help me to hear and to hold
in all darkness those exacting and wonderful
words of our Lord Christ Jesus, saying:

Follow me

Six Recognitions of the Lord, Mary Oliver

Pause –   in each prayer what is searching for you?  What comforts you?

Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart
and try to love the questions themselves…
Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now,
because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is, to live everything.  Live the questions now.
Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually,
without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.          

Rainer Maria Rilke

Another morning and I wake with thirst for the goodness I do not have.  I walk out to the pond and all the way God has given us such beautiful lessons.  Oh Lord……grant me in your mercy, a little more time.  Love for the earth and love for you are having such a long conversation in my heart.  Who knows what will finally happen or where I will be sent, yet already I have given a great many things away, expecting to be told to pack nothing, except the prayers which, with this thirst, I am slowly learning.                  

Thirst, Mary Oliver

Join us our mid-week service (25 March 2020) of Holden Evening Prayer with a reflection on “Mercy” by Deacon Kumar Vasanth.

Join us our mid-week service (18 March 2020) of Holden Evening Prayer with a reflection on “Letting Go” by Pastoral Intern Rachel Johnson.