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There is a responsive refrain woven throughout our prayers this morning. When I pray “Holy God, we are here.”  You are invited to respond “You are here.”

Breathing in and out, feeling our shoulders fall and spine unfurl, we take our seat, at home in our body and opening in prayer. Holy God, we are here…   You are here.

These days the hot August sun beats down on us and the pandemic draws our circle of connection close. In this slow time, this bare time we are given the gift of waiting — time to lean back and discover what truly feeds us. Holy God, we are here…  You are here.

And so, in this moment between what was and what will be we settle into our sit bones attentive to a fluttering of our heart a tapping of our feet a clearing of our vision which signals the movement of Your Spirit in our lives offering:

Freedom to dance irrepressibly in the face of all oppression and exploitation 
Compassion to reach out and include everyone in our circle of care
Courage to walk away from what isn’t just to new worlds of promise

Holy God, we are here…   You are here.

In the vast, mysterious world of your creation, we are connected to all that is through the heart. May we find ourselves at home on this raucous, colourful, surprising planet, cherishing, protecting and respecting Your gifts in all of their diversity including the exuberant flowering of sexual and gender diversity.  Holy God, we are here…   You are here.

This morning we reach out to encompass in prayer, all those who serve the common life:  peacemakers and peacekeepers, racial justice activists and protestors, health care workers, mental health advocates, teachers, engineers, grocery clerks and truck drivers; our Bienestar partners involved in our outreach project in Guatemala; our brothers & sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe; our neighbours across the way at Robertson Memorial United Church in Arrow Lakes Pastoral Charge; our sister churches in Cameroon, Central African Republic and Equatorial Guinea.

In solidarity with our global partners, we pray for the flourishing of stable democratic governments throughout the world that serve the common good, pursue economic justice, seek a peaceful resolution to conflict and graciously host neighbours displaced by violence and poverty. Holy God, we are here…   You are here.

In Jesus we know that you share human life with us. In joy and in sorrow, in health and in suffering, in well-being and loss you hold and enfold us. This morning we bring to mind these people on our prayer list entrusting them to your care and praying that they feel your presence always: All those who are suffering in body, mind or spirit because of the COVID-19 pandemic and all those named on our Prayer List, and those we name now silently or out loud…    …Holy God, we are here…    You are here.

Amen.

 

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