Leader: Come to the mountain, you people of God.All: We come to hear God's Word. Leader: Come, you sisters, to proclaim God's greatness, Women: for the Lord is righteous and just! Leader: Come, you brothers, to proclaim God's goodness, Men: for the Lord is the Holy One! Leader: Come, you youth, to proclaim God's brilliance, Youth: for the Lord is clothed with light! Leader: Come, you people, to the mountain of God All: for we are gathered to worship our Lord!
Holy God,when you call us to hope and to act with great boldness, we tremble at your presence and cover our eyes. We are afraid of what we will see for your greatness unveils our weakness, your justice unveils our brokenness, and your holiness unveils our stained past. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Giver of all grace, forgive us our sins. Give us the strength to renounce that which hides you from us. Give us the wisdom to execute justice and righteousness. Give us the courage to uncover our hearts that we might see the grace of your Son and not lose heart.
Below is a Prayer of Illumination for the upcoming Sunday (Last Sunday after Epiphany or Transfiguration Sunday, Year C, February 10th, 2013). This prayer is an experiment in a more "poetic" fashion of liturgy and I welcome your feedback/comments! Thanks! Reveal your presence to us this day, O God of light, love, and glory. As you did to your servants at the foot of the mountain, send your Spirit to show us your story. May the brilliance of your face illuminate this place as we dare to proclaim your Word and may we, your people, be never unable to tell all of that we have heard.
Below is a prayer inspired by 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a Holy God, you have brought us together as one body with many members, each of us with gifts given according to your Spirit. We confess that we struggle to discern what role we are called to do. We speak when you call us to listen. We listen when you call us to walk. We walk when you call us to wait. We wait when you call us to do. Through the power of your Holy Spirit, show this community who you have called us to be. Guide us through this tension of One and yet many that we might strive for the greater gift of unity and play the part of disciples of the one Spirit. Amen.