Lent 2019 Prayer and Reflection – Fifth week of Lent

Our most gracious and loving Creator,  

During this season, we are especially mindful of our own past of personal sacrifices for the forty days of Lent.  

We pray that going forward, instead of depriving ourselves of something we enjoy, let us instead learn to give up those actions that separate us from others.  

We pray we can learn to use our spirituality to foster connection, understanding, and compassion for ourselves and those around us.  

Let our mind, body, and spirit be truly free to focus on how we can enrich our lives and the lives of others, so that we can be examples of Your love.  

We pray for the people of MCC, its churches, ministries, and leaders around the world. We were all created in Your likeness; now let us live in the way we were created.  

In Your holy name we pray, Amen.

Reflection by Gwen Templeton FirstCoast Metropolitan Community Church Saint Augustine, Florida, USA Lay Minister Graduate of U.S. L.E.A.D. 11 (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship )

The theme for Lent invites us to play with the words Give and Take and the whole balance of giving and receiving. This spiritual practice extends itself beyond Lent having led us to and new life in body and soul. 

Lent, 2019 Call to Prayer

Give & Take Reflection
The strongest use of the word “take” that immediately comes to mind are Jesus’ words on his journey toward the cross: “Take this cup from me.” Even Jesus did not want the cup he was given. He accepted it, but he did not want it according to this plea.  So why did Jesus give as he did? Because God asked him to give—because God sent him to give.  
What did God send you to give? And what is it going to take for you to give it? 
The poet, Kahlil Gibran, says this about giving: “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
To give of oneself becomes difficult when our sin distracts us. One of the hardest prayers to pray is this: God, reveal to me my sin. Yet, this is where the rubber meets the road, a place where honest faith and trust become important.  When we can be completely honest with ourselves about our sin, healing can begin.Lent is our journey to the cross—the crossroads where Jesus’ bleeding heart awaits—and the place where Jesus actually sealed the deal for us. So rather than allow sin to infect our lives or throw our lives completely into imbalance, remember that God is not the author of the evils that trick you into that dark place. God is not the author of evil but promises us blessings of grace. So for today, whatever it is that tempts you away, instead look for blessing—and take the cup. Amen.

Reflection by Rev. Mary A. Cantrell, MDivChaplain, United Regional, Wichita Falls, Texas, USA.Program Officer, MCC Heterosexual Inclusion Working Group

The theme for Lent invites us to play with the words Give and Take and the whole balance of giving and receiving. This spiritual practice extends itself beyond Lent having led us to and new life in body and soul. 

February 26, 2019 Call to Prayer

Thank you, Tenderness, for your laughter, those one that you make me feel inside when at times my eyes are open before the absolute wonder of life. Here the song of a bird, there the laughter of children in front two kissing passionately, in the air the rich smell of homemade food and my skin bristling with the kisses of the breeze. For a few moments I feel the divine joy, a generous and contagious joy and You are the one who calls me.

prayer submitted by

Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
Since 1998 she is an ordained minister of MCC. Margarita, has served in the denomination in different roles, currently she serves as an Elder and as Dean of the Darlene Garner Institute for Iberoamerica Leadership Formation. She lives in Mexico with her wife Frida, their children Oshadi and Siboney and their three pets.

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