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September 14, 2014 – B. O’Neil

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.
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September 7, 2014 – J. Nichols

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

August 10, 2014 – R. Shepard

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.
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July 20, 2014 – J. Casarella

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
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June 8, 2014 – K. Woll

Loving Spirit,
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.
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May 25, 2014 – R. Shepard

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
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May 11, 2014 – A. Jette Borggaard

Dear God,

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
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May 4, 2014 – A. Jette Borggaard

Thank you for the slowness of this spring’s greening
We felt the chilly mist under dark clouds as soft showers nurtured the daffodils and red buds
After a difficult winter, this abundant, gentle rain was a grace letting us enjoy Spring’s loveliness
longer than usual
These bursts of beauty remind us of our own impermanence
Help us live our lives consciously with an ear cocked to hear the rapidity of time’s passage
How do we pay attention to the divinity surrounding us amidst our practical distractions?
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April 27, 2014 – A. Clark

Dear Lord,

We pray that we may remember, and in doing so celebrate.

That we may remember how it feels to be amazed and awestruck, to feel each particular things as fresh and marvelous, and to want to proclaim our amazement to the world. Like children excitedly calling out ‘look look’, and like the disciples standing at the mouth of the cave, with the rock rolled away, their eyes wide and their jaws agape.

We pray that we may always remember the profound inevitability of our death, that we may reflect upon our own graves, and in doing so somehow become more alive today, seeking to live each day as if it were our very last.
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