prayers and mediations

Words can travel thousands of miles. May my words be as beautiful as gems; as lovely as flowers.
— Mahatma Gandhi

example of a weekly prayer 

Coming into the rhythms of our breath our life force 
noticing its rise and fall 
And the sounds of others breathing around us
In the beauty of this sacred space
Surrounded by our fellow travelers 
Let us take a moment to truly be present
Letting our weeks settle into our consciousness,
Everything we have done or left undone
Everything we have said and left unsaid
All that we have accomplished and all that is yet to be achieved 
Breathing deep, rising and falling 
We let our experience of world settle into our consciousness
The great strides towards justice and inclusion as well as the hateful policy making and violent transitions which rage on in spite of efforts for peace 
We have this gentle moment together to be present and to reflect 
To let go and release 
To begin again and forgive 
To be recalled back to love
We have in this moment a space to generate compassion 
To clear away fear and welcome joy 
To Renew our spirit for the tasks ahead 
To summon the courage to face the world, finding our place in the hopeful bending of the arc of the universe towards justice 
Together in the silence these things and many more we now pray

a prayer for labor day

let us now enter into a time of extended silent meditation,

followed by a musical reflection.  

Let us take a moment to center ourselves in this room

Tuning our selves into our breath, our life force, 

Breathing deeply, let us give take a moment to give thanks for this gift of life we share, 

For each day, with its dreams and disappointments,

Losses and gains, a new day to start again, 

To share love, help others and make meaning of our lives.

We offer gratitude for the presence of one another,

seeking healing for bodies that are in pain and recovery,

mending for broken hearts in need of extra love, 

Courage for all of us to face our fears in times of uncertainty. 

We gift thanks for the gift of meaningful work well done, 

Labors of love and necessity alike. 

We lift up the inherent worth dignity of all who labor, 

Knowing each person is deserving of safe working conditions living wages. 

Always, and especially today, we pray for peace.

 

a prayer for the winter solstice/ coming of Christmas 

Will you join me in the spirit of meditation and prayer

I invite your quiet attention to dwell for a moment in your body
Pausing to notice to your own breathing 
And the beating of your heart. 

In this time when dark and light mingle together, 

It is our prayer of hope to that these joyful moments will come
and that delight will refresh us
a pause of gratitude before a meal, to revel in the sights and smells,
the beauty of the faces that surround us.
the evening moments of trees and twinkling lights, 
when all is calm, all is bright, 
and worry recedes to reveal dreams of wonder and delight  to come 

As we welcome Christmas into our hearts, let us 
invite a forgiving love to dwell among us, as gentle as new fallen snow,
a love which shines light in even the darkest places.

We pray for the courage of the open heart,
The heart which grows in strength both to give and to receive freely,
The heart which holds the pain of the world and yet holds hope in human goodness,
The heart which knows our love is the greatest gift we have to give. 

May blessings abound this Christmas, radiating peace andjoy into the new year
These things and many more in the silence we now pray.

a prayer after the July 2013 George Zimmerman Verdict 

Today we remember Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed in Florida last February as he returned home from a convenience store.  We mourn his death and honor the worth and sacredness Trayvon Martin’s life. We grieve with his family and friends, and everyone his death has touched. We lament a system that failed to bring his killing to justice. 

In 1964, Civil Rights activist Ella Baker once said:

"Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's son. We who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens."

The African American acapella group Sweet Honey in the Rock has set Ella Baker’s famous words to music. For our prayer today I invite you to join in singing in response to words I will share with you. If you don’t feel like singing, I invite you to say the lyrics with me or listen with open hearts.

We who believe in freedom cannot rest 

We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes

Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons 
Is as important as the killing of white men, white mothers' sons

We who believe in freedom cannot rest 
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes

Until our streets and our neighborhoods are safe for our youth to grow up and be who you are, regardless of your race, sexuality, or gender,

We who believe in freedom cannot rest
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes

Until senseless violence ceases, 

We who believe in freedom cannot rest
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes

Until there is an end to racism and white supremacy, and love reigns over fear.

We who believe in freedom cannot rest
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.

May freedom, with justice, and compassion, with love, be our prayertoday. These things and many more in the silence we now pray.

I’m glad to be able read your sermons on line, and get much more from them—I’m pretty deaf, even with my ear trumpet. Is it possible to have a hard copy of your words spoken at the time of prayer? As I mentioned when we spoke on Sunday, I was deeply moved, able to shed tears that released the held feeling over the recent terrible event. It is good to read this, and now I’m remembering what I felt when you offered this during the service. Yes, that’s one of reasons we go to church, isn’t it? It’s being there . .
— member, after the prayer responding to the George Zimmerman verdict