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As we enter into the holy week, help us to have humble hearts and clear minds. Help us to remember that we are made in the image of God, made perfectly by God. Wherever we are on the journey, help us remember that we are doing the best that we can with the tools we have. In this way, we are perfect for this moment. With God, there are no mistakes. It is Good. When you hear the words “Holy, holy, holy God,” please respond with “Hear our prayers.

Creator God, You created our world and all that is in it. Our solar system, the milky way and everything beyond. A universe more amazing than our minds can conceive of. Thank you for the gifts of our world. Thank you for parents and children thank you for hugs. (But only safe hugs inside of our bubble.) Thank you for each day that we get to enjoy. Thank you for the beauty of this natural world. Thank you for the easy days, and thank you for the hard ones too. For it is in practicing and trying and sometimes struggling that we grow and develop. Holy, holy, holy God…    “Hear our prayers.”

Nurturing God, Forgive us when we stumble and when we fall. Forgive us if we speak to ourselves or others in unkind ways. Forgive us when we forget about you. Help us remember that we are doing the best that we can with the tools we have. Help us to remember that we are your beloved children. Your love is bigger than any “mistake” that we can ever make. Holy, holy, holy God…    “Hear our prayers.”

Loving God, You are always here. Right beside us and right inside of us. You are the spark of love and light that is in each and every one of us. Help us to be kind to one another. Help us to live in a right way, respectful to the Earth, our home, taking care of each other. We pray for the safety and wellbeing of all of the people in this world. We pray for the Children of addicts, who often love their parents despite all hardships. We pray for families who have lost loved ones, who are grieving. We pray for folks who feel isolated during this time, for the seniors who have not been able to have visitors for most of the last year. We pray for folks who are in pain, who are suffering from disease. In our World Council of Churches prayer cycle, we pray for the countries of the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia. In our Pacific Mountain region, we pray for the Nanaimo River Pastoral Charge.

We pray for Our Bienestar partners involved in our outreach project in Guatemala, our brothers & sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, peacemakers and peacekeepers, health care workers, teachers, engineers and the many who serve throughout the world through many organizations. We pray for all affected by COVID-19, whether in body, mind or spirit. We pray for LGBTQ2SIA+ people who are persecuted in many countries. And for the future of our environment, protecting and respecting this gift of creation.

In our local NUC Prayer List, we hold all those named in the light and love of God, praying for their wellbeing, health and peace of mind. And now we say, silently or aloud, the names of the people in our own lives that we wish to pray for…     ….Holy, holy, holy God…    “Hear our prayers.”

On this Palm Sunday, God of new beginnings, may we be refreshed by this sacred ritual of prayer and communion. While most of us are physically apart, our minds are united in Worship. The world outside is undergoing that awesome and magnificent transformation that happens every year. And yet, it never gets old. The process of waking up, unfurling, arriving home. I found this very short poem in a Children’s anthology that we are reading at home. It’s called “March” by Elizabeth Coatsworth:

A blue day,
A blue jay,
And a good beginning.
One crow,
Melting snow—
Spring’s winning!

And so, we say together, Amen!

 

 

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