FB Live August 23
Meditation: What's in a Name (for printed copy, see the "Notes" download)
Gracious and compassionate God
Your mercy is for all--wide and deep and sustaining.
From the beginning of time and space,
your weaving of light and darkness
through the blue and green emergence of life
inspirits us on this creation journey,
still emerging, still entwining.
We are grateful for moments of beauty in these summer days,
for the whispering of tree leaves in the wind,
the changing slant of morning light,
squash and melons ripening,
and fresh breeze upon our faces.
In a time when it is easy to feel weary and weighed down with sorrow,
we open our hearts to amazement and answered-prayer.
We rejoice in the happiness of Kristine and Ivan Rodriguez,
and their son Ian,
who are welcoming their new daughter (and sister),
Iliana Margarette Maria Rodriguez,
born on August 14th, and currently in the NICU gaining strength.
We pray for Iliana's birth parents,
Ian’s transition to becoming a big brother,
and for Iliana's health and new home with Kristine and Ivan.
In the midst of our gratitude we also hold in our hearts
the worry of families about children and the fall school season,
as well as our concerns about working, childcare and paying bills.
How do we hold it all together?
How can we make decisions out of options that all seem fragile?
With the challenges around us,
in your mercy may we be transformed on the inside,
with hope, patience and courage.
This week, we give thanks that we can participate with the
Columbia Heights Police Department’s
Inspire us to deepen relations and partnership with our neighbors.
In our “great world house,” we are mindful
of the emergency situation in California,
for residents, firefighters, lands and creatures
coping with fierce fires after the incendiary lightning.
We continue to remember our neighbors in Iowa
impacted by devastating wind storms,
For farm families who have lost their crops,
and for those still without electric power.
We continue to pray for the MacCormack family,
friends of Rondine Mehling, in Cedar Rapids,
for their recovery of home, healing, safety and livelihood.
This morning we reach out to our United Methodist siblings
in the Sierra Leone Annual Conference,
as they mourn the loss of Bishop John Yambasu, in a car accident.
We pray for comfort for his family,
for the disciples of the whole Africa Central Conference,
and the recovery of the driver of the Bishop's car,
who is currently hospitalized.
This coming week, we pray for the 166th MN Annual Conference
to be held online next weekend.
For Bishop Bruce Ough, our District Superintendent Rev. Dan Johnson,
all the delegates and especially our own delegates--
Pastor Riva, Naomi Jones, James Broderick, and Pastor Nancy.
We seek wise and careful decision making, clear insight and worship
that calls us further to “Be the Light: Live Hope.”
Because we need one another, we join in the discipleship prayer Jesus
taught us to pray:
Our (Creator/God/Mother/Father*) in heaven,
Holy is your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
now and forever.
*Please use whichever name connects you deeply to the Divine.