1.February.2015, #281

SUPER BOWL!!  When does LA get to participate?!?  Who's gonna move?  Chargers?  Raiders?  Rams?


I found a prayer from someone named A. Murray Smith (nothing helpful about this person on the interwebs, which is exceedingly obnoxious and completely baffling) that I adapted to better fit our scripture and theme: Luke 9:1-9 What can we leave behind that we trust instead of putting trutst in God and in the hospitality of our neighbors?


Here's the original:

Forgive us, O Christ, for all our wanderings.

Forgive us, for not listening to your voice calling us into right ways.

Forgive us, for our complaining and our worrying that have made us lose our trust in you.

Forgive us for anger and selfishness and for greed.

For all these we are sorry and pray that they are taken from us.


And here's the call/response one that I wrote (the congregation read the shorter bold parts, I read the longer italicized parts):

Forgive us, O Christ, for all our wanderings.

We seek after that which discourages trust in your valuation of us, be it a reputation, or a sensitive generosity, or a persona, or a moral code, or a big idea, or a strict piety, or a work ethic.

We admit that at times we seek these things in hopes of achievement.

Forgive us, for not listening to your voice calling us into right ways.

We pursue ill-gotten and poorly-conceived gains rather than allowing you to provide for us, in areas of money, and fame, and standing, and accolades, and control, and influence.

We admit that at times we seek provision elsewhere.

Forgive us, for our complaining and our worrying that have made us lose our trust in you.

We forget that you furnish us in ways that are both direct and indirect, and thus we devalue the friendships, the familial relationships, the hospitality, the grace, and the encouragement we receive from those around us.

We admit that at times we doubt your Spirit works through our neighbors.

Forgive us for anger, and for selfishness, and for greed.

We disregard your claims to both justice and mercy, and instead look to our own grudge-holding, and our bitterness, and our angst, and our desire, as if those might satisfy our longings and needs.

We admit that at times we focus on ourselves, expecting your activity to align with our priorities.

For all these we are sorry, and pray that they are taken from us.

Forgive us for doubting that you may yet renew each of us, that you may yet re-order each of us, that you may yet re-align each of us, that you may yet reconcile each of us to your self and to your ends.

We pray that your Kingdom might come in us, among us, and through us.  Amen.

Posted on February 25, 2015 .