Prayer for the Week: July 25, 2016

In the Gospel lesson from Luke 11:1-13, the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray. His response is Luke’s recounting of the subtly challenging “Lord’s Prayer.” Throughout time poets and translators have striven to give voice and perspective on these deceptively simple words. Here is a prayer for the week to accompany your own favorite interpretation, graciously offered by worship leader Abby Embry. Below that, you’ll find Kentucky poet George Ella Lyon’s wonderful take on this Christian staple.

In the efforts of our prayers, Lord, help us in them be closer to you, closer to your vision for us, closer to a kin-dom not made of unity, but an embrace of the rich diversity of your work and world. Heal us of all that harms us, especially that which we harbor inside. Help us be both fire in the belly, and oil on troubled water at the right times. When we seek, let us find. When we knock, open to us what is needed so that we might open to others what is in our grasp to give. We are not perfect and we are not sure. We are yours, however. Holy Lord teach us to pray and act as children of great Love seeking great Love with every waking breath. Amen. –Rev. Kent Gilbert

PRAYER by George Ella Lyon
Our Mother Who Art
in the kitchen
cooking us up
hallowed may we see
all that is
Your kingdom here
delivered into our hands
Your will in children
and
trees leaping out
on earth
as if it were Heaven.
Give us this day
bread we could feed
the world
and snatch us bald-headed
if we try to swallow it all.
Don’t forgive us
till we learn it is all for giving.
That salve you’ve got in a pot
on the back of the
stove
only heals when everybody has some.
And heed us not
if we believe You look like us
and love us best
and gave us the True Truth
with a license to kill Others
writ inside.
Deliver us from this evil.
for it is Yours,
this kitchen we call Universe
whe
re you stir up our favorite treat,
the Milky Way,
folding deep into sweet
our little sphere
with its powerful glory
of rainforests and oceans and mountains in
feather-boa mist
forever
if we don’t blow it up
and ever
if we don’t tear it down
Amen
(Ah women
Ah children
Ah reckon She’s about fed up.
We better make room at the table
for everybody
before She yells-
OUT!
and turns our table over,
before She calls it off
this banquet we’ve been hoarding
this paradise
we aim to save
with bombs.)

 

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Categories News, Pastor Log, Prayer of the Week, Worship Board | Tags: , , | Posted on July 28, 2016

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