August 14, 2018 Call to Prayer


MCC is in a place of transition. We are in a place of questions, and for many uncertainty. Some are in need of healing and reconciliation. Others are in need of restoration and renewed joy. Some are experiencing a sense of division. Others feel united in common struggle. Some feel despair. Others feel hopeful. Some are in a space of lamentation. Others are in the midst of celebration.

This is the human condition, to experience all of the best and worst parts of ourselves at the same time. And it is in the midst of all of this that we are called to make change in our world and bring about liberation for all.

Sacred Spirit of wonder, we pause in our hectic and distracting, joyful and sad, hope filled and despairing lives to assume a posture of contemplation and humility towards ourselves and each other.
May we remember that we all struggle in various ways.
May we remember that we all hunger for justice.
May we remember that we all live on both sides of privilege and oppression.
May we remember that we all came to MCC for a reason; out of hunger for healing, a sense of call, a desire for a community who reflects the divine.
May we cultivate in ourselves a spirit of curiosity.
May we cultivate in ourselves a spirit of generosity.
May we cultivate in ourselves a spirit of collaboration.
May we cultivate in ourselves a spirit of vulnerability, and forgiveness.
May we remember to make the space for others that we hope is made for ourselves, and that we do you the divine as we do to the least of those among us.
Amen


prayer submitted by

JARED VÁZQUEZ
Associate Director of International Diversity and Inclusion
Metropolitan Community Churches

 

 

 

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2017-12-19-Council of Elders Weekly Call to Worship

(Finnish Language)
Me olemme Jumalan kansa, me olemme Pyhä kansa, me olemme yksi.
Me olemme Jumalan luomia, me olemme erilaisia, kaikki samanarvoisia.
Tänä aamuna aurinko nousi ja valaisi luomakuntaasi.
Tänä aamuna sinun armosi ja rakkautesi on minulle tarjolla.
Auta minua, että uskaltaisin heittäytyä koko sydämestäni niiden varaan ja luottaisin siihen, että sinä kannat.
Anna rohkeutta avata suuni, kun näen sortoa ja epäoikeudenmukaisuutta.
Anna viisautta, että en lietsoisi vihaa vaan rakentaisin ymmärrystä ihmisten välille.
Auta näkemään sinut kaikessa luomakunnassasi. Yhdistä meidät niin, että me olemme yksi.
Tätä pyydämme sinun nimessäsi Jeesus
Aamen

We are the people of God, the Holy nation, we are one.
We are created by God, we are all unique, we are all equal.
This morning sun rose and brought light to this world that is your creation.
This morning your love and mercy are available for me and us all.
Help me to throw myself with my whole heart to be supported by them and trust that you are there for me and us.
Give me the courage to open my mouth when I see oppression and injustice.
Give me wisdom so that I would not incite hatred and instead would be building understanding between people.
Help us see You in Your creation. Unite us in You so that we may be one.
This we ask in Your name Jesus
Amen

prayer submitted by

TARJA PYYKKÖ
PASTOR OF LIVING WATER MCC
Helsinki, MCC Emerging Church

 

 

 

2017-12-12-Council of Elders Weekly Call to Worship

Heavenly God,

My heart is filled with both sadness and joy as I take this moment with my family across the globe to still my mind and center on those around me.

As I contemplate refugees in detention centers in my own country, I am filled with shame, and yet, my heart is overflowing with joy and love for those around me.

Witnessing the social imbalance between our Indigenous community and the non-indigenous community, leaves me bewildered, and yet, my heart is overflowing with joy and love for those around me.

Hearing our local politicians hide behind their fear through cruel statements, often directed at minority groups, makes me angry and yet, my heart is overflowing with joy and love for those around me.

Knowing that our trans-family face dangers often daily in their lives, breaks my heart, and yet, my heart is overflowing with joy and love for those around me.

Watching our elderly become more fragile touches such a strong vulnerability within me, and yet, my heart is overflowing with joy and love for those around me.

I struggle seeing the class systems across the world widen the divide between the ‘Haves’ and the ‘Have-Nots’, and yet, my heart is overflowing with joy and love for those around me.

When I allow myself to reflect upon the lives of those living in other nations, I witness their toils and suffering, I am filled with sadness, and yet, my heart is overflowing with joy and love for those around me.

Loving Parent, you understand the conflicting feelings I carry each day and Your heart is overflowing with joy and love for me.

May my pain be transformed into compassion and my joy and love be transformed into action.

Wonderful Maker, please watch over our leadership teams, both globally and locally, to ensure their eyes remain on God. In all they do. In all they say. And in all they want. I acknowledge those forever-famous past MCC Leaders who have guided and shaped our global-church and we send wisdom and courage to the current ones – may they have the support they need to lead us into tomorrow in accordance with Your will.

In You and with Your love of us, we are able to carry Your Word and Your love out into the world. May You continue to shower us with constant reminders, so that we honor and live out Your plan, daily.

Finally, God, I send eternal gratitude to You.

In Your many beautiful names, I am humbled and eternally grateful for the gift of faith. Amen


prayer submitted by

SARAH DE ROOY
LAY DELEGATE
MCC Sydney, Australia