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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Two Thanksgiving Prayers 2012
We prayed with these words on November 18th.
A Prayer of Individual Gratitude for the Church....
O Spirit of Life and Love,
God of many Names and Forms
We give thanks for the changes you are working in us,
turning us from delusion to truth,
from pride to humility,
from cynicism to reverence,
from conformity to freedom,
from indifference to compassion,
from disdain and judgment to openness and curiosity,
from isolation to solidarity.
Each day, you call us beyond our selves,
and even if we do not answer,
we are grateful that you call.
We give thanks, this day, for this church and our fellow congregants, for all that they share:
words, stories, music,
working hands and creative minds,
and their kind witness of our changes.
We give thanks for those who came before us,
for this beautiful room, and a stable institution,
and the traditions that have sustained a beacon of the free spirit.
We are grateful that long before we were here,
here was here,
waiting for us.
And we give thanks to you, O restless spirit,
O creating, sustaining and transforming power not made by human hands,