Community Prayer

A Prayer for ALL People

Let us hold in our prayers,
The women, men and children who have had their lives forever changed by earthquakes and have been injured or killed.
Let us hold in our prayers,
The family members and friends who live far away and who feel hopeless and helpless to support their family and friends.
Let us hold in our prayers,
Relief workers who have been injured.
Let us hold in our prayers,
The non-human beings that have been injured or killed.
Dear Unknown, Unknowable, Yet Known by Many Names,
We call out to you in this time of uncertainty, loss and pain.  May we have courage and compassion to support the people of Haiti and Chile.
May we have courage and compassion to work for economic  justice. May we have peace of mind and the inner wisdom to know that our work for economic justice is not in vain.
In the Spirit of all that came before us. In the Spirit of all that is present this moment. In the Spirit of all that will manifest in the future. We offer this prayer.
Amen and Blessed It Be.
Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings
Jan 2010
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Poetry, December 2009, Yule Poem, From the book, Casting the Circle by Diane Stein

Yule Poem

‘birthwatch night of sun
from darkness light
west becomes the east
freezing becomes fire
Goddess Mother Moon
she births the sun
she births the earth
she labors for
the sea and sky
death is granted life
so mote it be
circle closes
circle opens
and the oak fire strikes
bright the earth and sun
bright the newborn sea
bright the infant stars
her glowing earth
winter set aside
with new year naming
“everything she touches changes”
as above us so below.’
– From the book, Casting the Circle by Diane Stein

Poetry, October 2009, by Howard Thurman

Poetry, October 2009
For many of us the fall of the year is a time of sadness and the long memory.  All around us there are the evidences of fading, of withdrawal, of things coming to an end.  What was alive and growing only a few short days or weeks ago seems now to have fulfilled itself and fallen back into the shadows.  Vegetation withers but there is no agony of departure; there seems to be only death and stillness in the fall.
Those who have been ill all summer seem to get a deepening sense of foreboding in the fall.  It is the time of the changing of the guard.  It is the season of the retreat of energy.  It is a time of letting go.  It is a period of the first exhaustion.  It is the period of the storms, as if the wind itself becomes the Avenging Angel too impatient to wait for the coming of death and the quiet fading of bud and flower and leaf.  The rain is not gentle in the fall, it is feverish, truculent, and vicious.  All the fury of wind and rain are under toned by a vast lull in tempo and the running down of all things.  There is a chill in the air in the fall.  It is not cold; it is chilly, as if the temperature cannot quite make up its mind.  The chill is ominous, the forerunner of the vital coldness of winter.
But the fall of the year is more than all this; much, much more. It marks an important change in the cycle of the year.  This change means that summer is passed.  One season ends by blending into another.  Here is a change of pace accenting a rhythm in the passing of time.  How important this is!  The particular mood inspires recollection and reflection.  There is something very steadying and secure in the awareness that there is an underlying dependability in life–that change is part of the experience of living.  It is a reminder of the meaning of pause and plateau.
But the fall provides something more.  There is harvest, a time of ingathering, of storing up in nature; there is harvest, a time of ingathering, of storing up in the heart.  There is the time when there must be a separation of that which has said its say and passes–that which repens and finds its meaning in sustaining life in other forms. Nothing is lost, nothing disappears; all things belong, each in its way, to a harmony and an order which envelops all, which infuses all.
Fall accentuates the goodness of life and finds its truest meaning in the strength of winter and the breath of spring.  Thank God for the fall.
by Howard Thurman

Community Prayers

A Prayer for the Johnson Family
My Dear Sisters,
Your lives will forever be changed.  The loss of a father and all the father-daughter relationship encompasses; your loss is indeed soul deep.  For there are few things in life that touch our hearts as deep as the love of a father.
My prayer for you in the moments and months ahead, is the strength to grieve your father’s death, and the ability to celebrate his memory.
Your family is close, continue to console each other.  Continue to depend on each other.  Continue to be patient with one another.
Your collective love and support will be your greatest gift to your father’s memory in the months and years to come.
May you feel the loving embrace of the Source of Life in your times of sorrow, and may you remain mindful that you are not alone.
Amen and Blessed Be
Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings