God, there are the small confusions of our every day existence
And the larger ones that seem to threaten humanity.
It’s hard to sleep and feel free, knowing brothers and sisters are in pain,
And dying too soon. We don’t dare ask you to make sense of disease
Or of a world damaged by our own misdeeds, but we pray you to keep us
Company in our sorrow, so that by feeling the immensity of your love,
We have the courage to improve tomorrow. Even while our destiny joins us,
Let us receive all you offer, and be made better for it. For you are the peace
That knows neither time nor circumstance.
Continue reading “October 5, 2014 – I. Nebel”
Great Spirit who encircles and encompasses our spiritual and rational selves
We are here this morning, in this space, and in this time
Not seeking majestic answers to a grand question
But simply, grateful for the warmth of our prayers
The quiet moments in
Our timeout corner of choice
Where we catch the breath of our souls
And listen to the rhythms of our lives
Continue reading “September 28, 2014 – R. Shepard”
To the spirit that is in us and all around us, we pray.
The crickets are getting louder every night reminding us that these glorious late
summer days will not last.
The red tomatoes hanging heavy on the vine, the shiny green peppers, the vibrant zinnias will soon be just a memory.
On the nights when we sit outside in the early dark and gaze at stars and a waning moon, may we learn the lesson that the natural world has to teach us.
Continue reading “September 14, 2014 – B. O’Neil”
Let us be willing to pray. Every man has much to pray for. We stand in need of wisdom, of courage, of patience, of insight, of forgiveness, of faith. So let there be prayer in our hears; the prayer that is longing for righteousness, the prayer that is acknowledgment of shortcoming, the prayer that is resolve, and quiet self-determination, and a rich wanting for greater wisdom and a greater lovingness.
Let us be ready to give praise — praise that is joy, praise that is acceptance, praise that is adoration and gratitude both for what has been given — and what has been withheld.
Let us not be afraid to offer once again our allegiance and pray that God may so capture our devotion that we may worship not with pious words only, but with honest, self-disciplined, and loving lives.
— Arthur Foote
Lord, grant us the silence to hear the wisdom spoken 16 centuries ago by the Chinese poet and philosopher, Lao Tzu:
“Always we hope
someone else has the answer.
Some other place will be better,
some other time
it will turn out.
This is it;
no one else has the answer. No other place will be better,
and it has already turned out.
Continue reading “August 10, 2014 – R. Shepard”
The truth is we can never stay
all around us life spins and flows and rushes forward
the illusion is we can hold on tight right here
push hard enough with our leg muscles and the brakes will hold
but all that holds is the center
and it is there we find you
inside this place that is always right here
bring us there now and bathe us in your love and light
Continue reading “July 20, 2014 – J. Casarella”
Let us all linger in the borderland of hello and goodbye;
dancing between light and shadow,
holding on and letting go.
Together we breathe-in peace;
allowing ourselves to be fully present in this moment, in this sanctuary, in this Tribe.
Continue reading “June 8, 2014 – K. Woll”
Dear Lord, as this belated but beautiful spring folds into summer
We prepare to scatter like so many dandelion puffs
Yet we pause
To give thanks to our veterans and their love ones
Who served with and without our blessings
From Bunker Hill to Pearl Harbor
From Gettysburg to Verdun
From Khe Sanh to Afghanistan
We honor their sacrifice
And shut out the blaring horns of Memorial Day Sales
That discount the honor we owe
Continue reading “May 25, 2014 – R. Shepard”
On this Mother’s Day, the flowers and chocolate belie the gentle ferocity of spirit mothering requires
Give strength especially to expectant and new mothers – their responsibility and vulnerability is vast
Let their partners, family, friends, and helpers embrace their own sacred duty as they support the guardians of new life
Thank you for the everyday miracle of birth which can expand our heart so far beyond its imagined capacity
Continue reading “May 11, 2014 – A. Jette Borggaard”