The Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg
Creator God, when as yet nothing existed you spoke a word and brought light out of darkness, the vast universe out of the empty void, and life in all its variety out of stillness. When the world was very good, you rested and called the seventh day holy. We give you thanks for this respite from our weekly rounds.
Today especially, we give thanks for the gift of music, the imagination of artists, the skill of musicians, the voices of choristers, and the Heirs of Joy. Help all of us to share their jubilant spirit, and to learn from them how to choir the proper praise for your soaring glory and undying love.
Bless the community of disciples at Kenilworth Union, and the spiritual homes of all our guests. May these places become sanctuaries of acceptance, and classrooms in virtue.
If any have threatened precious relationships with unkind words or careless mistakes, give them a second chance, or a third, or a fourth. If any through thoughtlessness or anger or woundedness live in loneliness, return them to the embrace of the community, and help us all to practice your kind of giving grace to all who need it in extraordinary measure.
We pray for peace in our broken world. Give world leaders, not to mention ourselves, more creative ways to resolve disputes in our local and international communities. Forgive us when we lean on obsolete and deadening ways of solving problems.
Strengthen the faint-hearted and support the weak. We pray for those who are anxious about uncertain health, or face the declining strength of age, or wrestle with addictions. Be near the bed of pain and watch close with those whose hopes are fading.
We bring all these thanksgivings, and all these petitions, to the throne of grace in the name of your Son Jesus, who taught us all to pray together…Our Father….
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