At our Presbytery gathered meeting last week, our Moderator, Rev. Wendi Werner offered this prayer. We were asked to publish it for those who were not able to join us in Ewing.
We thank you, Living God
for the roots of this Community, and all our communities;
For what we share together here,
and for the life we share with others;
For the path that lies before us now, and our future in your hands.
Into this time and place – we offer up our very selves;
all that we celebrate; all for which we are grateful
and the suffering and pain
that stem from the broken places in our communities.
Give us strength to bear our weakness, healing even when there is no cure,
peace in the midst of turmoil, and love to fill the spaces in our lives.
Lord – each of us here is carrying out ministry in a world
that so often feels like it’s on fire.
In a country that gives witness to the potential election of individuals
who fail to see all of humanity as your children – out of its own anxiety and fear…
…Give us endurance to keep our work moving forward
and the courage to disregard the boundaries of the institutions we represent,
so as to learn to work together,
because Lord, we are going to need each other more than ever.
God, we come to presbytery and return to our ministries and churches
claiming through our mutual offices an authority to make decisions and take actions in your name.
Keep us ever mindful that as we live out what it means to be community,
taking up authority is in its own way audacious.
We act audaciously
every time we break the bread, and share in the cup, and pour the water;
We are audacious
every time we receive reports, and call the question, and vote – in or out, up or down.
Audacious because the actions we take are grounded in the hope that we are working out your will for us
in our churches and in our presbytery.
Remind us that the wrongs and the rights of our actions as community
go beyond what our polity encompasses
– just as your love for us knows no bounds.
Tonight, may we be drawn together as one,
remembering and living out the words of Christ, who said:
My peace I give to you.
Do not be afraid.
Abide in my love.
You are my family.
I am the way for you.
I am the life for you.
I am the truth for you.
You are my witness.
Abide in me and I in you.
I will give you rest.
Give and it will be given to you.
Love others as I have loved you.
Watch and pray.
I am with you always.