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Pastoral Prayer for UU worship service December 7, 2014
December 9, 2014, 9:02 am
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Pastoral Prayer – Rev. Roger

Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento

Please join me for a time of contemplation in word and silence, followed by music.

Notice the feeling of your body on the seat which is holding you. Relax your eyes and face. As I offer these words of prayer, notice your breathing, and your neighbors’ breathing, the breath of life.

Spirit of Creative Hope, God of Love, be with us now and in the days to come.

For the gifts of life and this new day, we give thanks. Let us be mindful of our blessings, and happy for the blessings of those around us. At the same time, let us keep our hearts open in kindness for those enduring a time of grief or despair.

We lament the loss of life in Ferguson, Cleveland, Brooklyn and Staten Island, and on the streets of too many cities. We lament the terrorist violence in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.          Let us resist easy answers and hold a space for grief and heartbreak. So many people are longing for answers to the sense of a persistent experience that that the deck is stacked against them. There are too many parents now grieving for their lost sons, and fearing for their living ones.

In our land and around our global home, so many are feeling just about out of hope for a new day of peace and fairness. Let us summon the compassion and courage we know to be necessary in every time of trial.

We long for a day when all communities can feel safe, when parents of all children of all ethnicities and all genders in every land can be free of worry and heartbreak. We long for a day of trust, understanding, justice and fairness. May our longings grow into prayers for courage, deeds of human solidarity, and seeds of hope renewed.

On this day of rest and in this place of meeting, may we feel the blessing of every gift of life. May we share this life with generosity and grace, intention and hope. So may it be. Amen.

Now let us take a minute of stillness together, breathing and sharing the precious gift of life.

Music: “God Bless the Child,” by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.

-Ross Hammond, guitar

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Missed the service. Thanks for sharing this.

Comment by Cathy Bowen

Thanks for sharing this beautiful prayer, Roger. Happy New Year wishes to you and the congregation!

Comment by Giving Speaks




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