Monday, April 12
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Daily Prayer and Thoughtfulness for 2015.12.25

Opening:
Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.

BIBOLove: Breath In, Breath Out--Sigh

Music:
Happy X-Mas (War is Over)(Instrumental), by John Lennon

And so this is Christmas for weak and for strong
The rich and the poor ones, the road is so long
And so happy Christmas for black and for white
For yellow and red ones let's stop all the fights
A very merry Christmas and a happy new year
Let's hope it's a good one without any fear

The Work of Christmas by Howard Thurman

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.

-- Howard Thurman
from Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights

Scripture Readings

Isaiah 62:6-12
Psalm 97
Titus 3:4-7
Luke 2:8-20

So ready yourselves to pass through the gates, from old to new. Clear the way for the people; Make it clear, easy, and straight. Unfurl the banners that proclaim these people are renewed!

Please bring your own sacred readings to the daily pattern. These are chosen from the Christian scripture cycle of daily readings, the Daily Lectionary, at commontexts.org

Prayers

2015.12.24

I am at King County Juvenile Detention this morning helping the youth there feel joy on this day. Please accept this prayer from the Book of Common Worship, the traditional Friday prayer, adapted by me.

We lift up Love given to us and acknowledge the life we have received. Especially we are grateful for

the presence of Light within our weakness and suffering...
the work we do as community together...
all who work to help and heal...
sacrifices made for our benefit...
opportunities for our generous giving...

Let our concern for others reflect self-giving love, not only in our prayers, but in our practice. Especially we pray for

those subjected to tyranny and oppression...
wounded and injured people...
those who face death...
those who may be our enemies...
the communities that support us...

Let peace prevail on earth.
So mote it be.

News Notes:
Mass shooting resource: http://shootingtracker.com/wiki/Mass_Shootings_in_2015
Prayer cycle of the world's countries resource: http://www.oikoumene.org/en

Lord’s Prayer
Translation by Neil Douglas Klotz, Sufi

O Birther! Creator of the Cosmos,
Focus your light within us— make it useful:
Create your reign of unity now-
Your one desire then acts with ours,
as in all light, so in all forms.
Grant what we need each day in bread and insight.
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us,
as we release the strands we hold
of others’ guilt.
Don’t let surface things delude us,
But free us from what holds us back.
From you is born all ruling will,
the power and the life to do,
the song that beautifies all,
from age to age it renews.
Truly— power to these statements—
may they be the ground from which all
my actions grow: Amen.

May Peace Prevail on Earth. Amen. So mote it be.

Notes:
"Amen" means "may it be so."
"May peace prevail on earth." is an addition inspired by Michael Dickel 
BIBOLove is an addition attributed to the work of Soyinka Rahim, InterPlay practice, BIBOLove

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