A Morning Prayer

Gracious One,

God of joy, of transitions, of confidence, and doubt. We turn to you this morning grateful for sunshine and spring. It reminds us of the resurrection of Jesus after his horrendous death at the hands of Rome. At the hands of human beings just like us. 

Forgive us our dark sides, the many ways we find to hurt one another. We confess that which is not reflective of your dreams for humanity.

[pause of silence]

God of our grief-filled struggles and worries, you know what is on our hearts. You know how hard our lives can be. You even know that which is buried deep within because… because we simply cannot face it. Touch us deeply with your healing this morning.

[pause of silence]

God of our empathy, compassion, and our ability to heal, move us to reach out to one another with your tenderness. In this fragmented world move us toward wholeness. Wholeness within ourselves and the oneness of humanity.

[pause of silence]

God of relationships, we are reminded that the Holy Trinity models for us the unity you dream for us. One and three. Individual and together. We know we are only our authentic selves when WE are one. Accepting this, we share silently and audibly names of others.

[time of silence, sharing of names]

God of spring resurrection and the harshness of winter, thank you for your always presence within us, between us, and in all of creation. Amen.

Tim is a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, a father of two adult children, and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. A former early childhood educator, Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as pastor of both Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations. As we enter what we hope is the final phase of the pandemic, Tim is beginning a journey of rediscovering himself and discerning next steps. He writes from his home in Albany, Oregon and wherever the Spirit lures him.

Posted in Days of the Church, Easter, Eastertide, Pastoral Prayer, Prayers, Seasons of the Church

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