Monday, April 12
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Daily Prayer and Thoughtfulness Practice 2015.12.26

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

BIBOLove: Breath In, Breath Out--Roar!

Music:
A Dream, by Common

Hate has no color or age, flip the page,
Now my rage became freedom,
Writin' dreams in the dark, they far but I can see 'em,
I believe in Heaven more than Hell,
Blessings more than jail,
In the ghetto let love prevail,
With a story to tell, my eyes see the glory and well,
The world waitin' for me to yell "I Have a Dream"

Free Finally Free, by Allyson Bryson

Found Poetry, All words borrowed from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

We refuse to believe
That this lonely island of poverty
Is all we have.
We see a beacon of light
Through the flames of withering injustice.
One day we will join hands,
One day we will be Brothers and sisters.
We cannot stand alone.
I have a dream today.
This hallowed spot
Will soon be filled with freedom.
We will join together and sing
“Free at last, Free at last…”

Scripture Readings

2 Chronicles 24:17-24
Acts 6:1-7: 7:51-60
Psalm 148 (Daily)

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

2015.12.26

For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For despair of violence,
for the earth crying out for better practices
especially for those affected by the explosion in a gas plant in Nigeria 
for those in the Christmas Day fire in the bush in Australia 
for those still missing in the Myanmar mudslide
for the earthquake in Northern Afghanistan
for the floods in South America
For the hope of peace,
for the continued discussion regarding appropriate symbols
especially, for the discussion at Oxford regarding Cecil Rhodes
for peace talks between nations and people
for 24 days, in the US, of no mass shootings
For stateless people and migrants
For those who suffer, especially the homeless and sick
especially for the despair and trauma refugees experience
For those we love, those we hate and those we are indifferent to
For the transformation from ME to WE

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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