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A corvid is a bird of the crow family.

This morning when I pray, “Spirit of Life,” you are invited to respond, “unfold a shawl of prayer.”   Let us pray ~

Breathing in and out,
feeling our shoulders relax
and spine unfurl,
we settle into our bodies
and take our seats.

Spirit of Life…   Unfold a shawl of prayer

Beloved Creator,
as larches flame into golden ash
and stellar jays descend from the mountains,
cyan days yield to charcoal nights
and winter approaches
with corvid eyes
darkly luminescent

May we enter into communion
knowing that solitude is the left foot
in your dance of creation
and darkness a dip into depths
hallowed by you.

Spirit of Life…   Unfold a shawl of prayer

Praise and despair,
darkness and light ~
in the gloaming
we find our home in You, Holy One,
attuned to the movement of your spirit
within and without
recreating the world
in wholeness.
Peace and justice
resistance and receptivity
compassion and accountability
            rights and responsibility ~
You are the warp and weft of human community.

Spirit of Life…   Unfold a shawl of prayer

This morning we reach out to enfold in our hearts, all those who serve the common life:
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, electoral officers and vote counters and the many who serve throughout the world through many organizations.

This morning in particular we remember all those who, facing the reality of war and the absence of a just peace, have sacrificed their own lives in its pursuit. Spirit of Life…   Unfold a shawl of prayer

In the Pacific Mountain Regional Prayer Cycle, we join with our neighbours in Kimberley and on the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Prayer Cycle with our sister churches in Aotearoa (Ow-tey-a-ro-a)  New Zealand and Australia

Together we lift our voices in praise for the beauty of the land and waters and pray that we may respect and protect the gift of creation. Together we work and pray for justice for the poor, marginalized, dispossessed and displaced, even as we learn how to speak a new language as guests in sacred space hosted by others – the indigenous peoples on whose territories we stand.  My our sensitivity to the web of life in which we are embedded increase as we live into new maps of the heart and mind.

Spirit of Life…   Unfold a shawl of prayer

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 affected by COVID-19 and the opioid crisis whether in body, mind or spirit, LGBTQ2SIA+ people who are persecuted in many countries, and those named in our Prayer List…     …And all those we name now silently or out loud…     …Spirit of Life…    Unfold a shawl of prayer.

Amen!

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