As this country enters a new presidential term, many of us have many questions. We are active and engaged. We have resources. We march. So at this time, which calls for renewed focus as we find refreshed trajectories, one of our first responses is prayer. We pray direction, strength, courage and wholeness for ourselves and all of creation.
The prayer below was written for Inauguration Day. With All our Heart and With All Our Mind, comes from “INSIGHT, A Forum Discerning God’s Will for the UMC.” It was written by Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe on January 20, 2017.
Amen and amen and amen as....on we go.
With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray, Lord, have mercy.
For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God, let us pray, Lord, have mercy.
For the peace of the world, for the welfare of all people of faith, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For President Trump and his family, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For President Obama and his family, and for all outgoing leaders and devoted public servants, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For every city, town and village an all who live therein, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For the good of earth and all of creation which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For the aged and infirm, for the widow and orphans, the sick and suffering, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, Have mercy.
For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed, and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, Have mercy.
For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and degradation, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
For those who faithfully advocate for justice and peace, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
That we may live our lives in faith and hope, without suffering and without reproach, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
Defend us, deliver us, and in thy compassion protect us. Let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to the life of Love and Compassion. To thee, O God. Amen.
Love Grows Here!
Prospect Park United Methodist Church
22 Orlin Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
For nearly 20 years, Timbre Junction has been a favorite of bluegrass and folk aficionados across the Twin Cities. In addition, they’ve been part of every PPUMC Community Concert season, including Saturday evening, January 14, performing in support of Habitat for Humanity. PPUMC ‘hometown favorites’ Karen Radford and Mike Regouski, along with Stan Chew and newcomer Jim Plattes, delivered a fun-filled, toe-tapping repertoire with their usual sense of exquisite craftsmanship, enthusiasm and deep love of this truly American art form. Well over three-thousand dollars was raised in support of the life-changing work of Habitat for Humanity in the Twin Cities. If you’d like to learn more, go to www.tchabitat.org. And, to keep in touch with Timbre Junction, visit them online at www.timbrejunction.com.
Christmas at PPUMC was bursting with color thanks to the many puppets inhabiting the church this season. Members of the congregation, from the young to young-at-heart, came together to create imaginitive, colorful, larger-than-life figures of the Holy Family for the 2016 Christmas pageant and Christmas Eve services. There were also stars, animals, and a one-of-a-kind angel!
Whether silently watching over the baby Jesus, or being brought to life at the hands of those in the congregation, the puppets added a new sense of wonder and imagination to our Christmas celebrations.
Thank you to everyone who made this Christmas vision possible!
At right is a sign recently purchased for the church by Pastor Chris. Created by graphic designer Jaime Chimer Seebacher, 25% of the profits of all sales are donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). To learn more about the signs or to purchase one for yourself, visit the All Are Welcome Here website by clicking this link, or talk with Pastor Chris.
Weather permitting this sign will be on display outside the church.
A New Year Prayer
Compassionate, connecting God,
be with us this new day, this new year,
this fresh chance to fulfill our lives
through tradition and obligation,
through pattern and expectation,
through new discoveries
Keep us strong through old and new
relationships with our families,
our church family,
with our friends,
Creative Spirit work within us
for loving thoughts and actions
for others and for the earth,
Combine renewal with our history
each new chance,
each fresh start.