God of love and justice and hope, we know that to be loving and just requires courage because not everyone is ready for love and justice to be universally practiced. Forgive us when we limit love and justice to our familiar and favorite community of people and when we are blind or fearful about seeking justice for those beyond our circle. And let us never think that the work of love and justice is finished. Amen.
Gracious God, in our human failure to love, we have set ourselves against each other in myriads of ways thinking that war is the only solution to such disagreements among people. We have set standards for just wars and we have ask some to take oaths of protecting us to the point of their sacrificial deaths. And some have had to fulfill their calling to their own deaths on the behalf of those whom they protect. Bless the sacrifice of the fallen and may we still hold the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross as the only last needed sacrifice. Let the standard of being living sacrifices still inspire us to end war, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Godhead of ultimate creative ministry, sometimes we need your parental nurture when we are vulnerable children; sometimes we need the model of you being exemplary human being, and we ever need to know an internal glue of connection as time expands the occasions of becoming and we need to know that such expansions in time will not destroy us but only alter us toward the possibility of what is well toward a better Goodness when Freedom is made our best friend. Amen.
Almighty God, we call forth your aid and assistance in three dynamic modes to apply to our lives, first parental tenderly care for the nurturing of our child aspect of personality which retains our unremembered first birth and manifests again through divine loving lure a conscious renewal of continuing natal spiritual refreshment. We need you as our adult sibling Jesus to set our minds with strategies for best appropriate living for each of our life contexts. And finally we need an aspect of ourselves which is a clean heart and renewed right spirit and so we ask for the Holy Spirit to be the deepest interior grounding of our lives to help us tolerate our lives and our conditions as we work out our salvation with fear and trembling with faith that we have that the fullness of Godhead is working in and for us. Amen.
Holy Trinity, we may try to avoid you because we have known the weakness of those who represent parenting, childhood and disunifying spirit events. And where our language and inadequacy of human analogy fail, we cannot avoid You as the full Absolute Past from which we came, we cannot avoid using words in a manner whereby we accept them as a valid way of knowing you because of the eternal Word Christ, and we cannot avoid you as filling our environment with mysterious Presence such that we can experience each other with a mysterious conductivity which we honor as Holy Spirit. Since we cannot avoid you, O Trinity, we wish to be caught up in your Interior Fellowship of Love. Amen.
God, who has created the vast tapestry of life, too often we can only see the backside of Life's tapestry with the seeming chaotic tangle of threads in random disarray. We thank you that you give us moments to see the front side of Life's tapestry to see the purposeful beauty of how the harmony of differences gives us the aesthetic vision of Oneness and we confess that you have made all things well and that your Spirit is still weaving the tapestry of today for us. Amen.
O God, with whom all things are possible, we present to you today our impossibles, especially the great gap between the Holy Spirit as Unity and the experience in our local situations of the conflict of diversities compounded by individual egos at the center of individual perceptual universes. We live is a world of so many versions of reality, we wonder if the Spirit can be the magician to bring unity except in intermittent and sporadic serendipitous experience. Can unity prevail, O Holy Spirit, or must unity accept the freedom of the perpetual clash of diverse beings? Holy Spirit, weaver of the diverse fabrics of the Quilt of Time, can the aesthetic whole Quilt be perceived with a beauty which blends the ugly and painful events into a meaningful reconciled whole? And does ultimate reconciliation of all minimize the pain and suffering in the particular event? And can anyone, minimize the pain of other people for them even if one comes to reconciliation about one's own pain? Holy Spirit of the impossible and of contradictions, your continued becoming what has been is also an integration of all that has been, and in faith we trust your integration of all that has been. Amen.
Holy Spirit, from you we experience the esprit de corps of the entire created order. In you we can recognize that we are a community of interrelated and connected beings and to know you is to learn not just that we are connected but to learn in wisdom how we best can live our connectedness with all things, especially with God and all people on whom the image of Christ can be found. Amen.
Holy Spirit of God, we applaud you for the sameness of things over time even as we recognize your inspiration for the differences over time. In you we retain all of the traces of an absolute past even as in you make the past the womb for the birth of the new moments of what will be different from what has happened before. And we confess today that where there is life there is Spirit and we want to dress you O Spirit with the finest presentation of love and justice today. Amen.
Come Holy Spirit, and comprise within us the script of how we should be and live; but don't stop with letting us know how we should live, empower us with the gifts to do what we need to do and when we need to do what is right and we shall credit you for what is good about us in what we do and say. You are our divine connection with everything now, everything past and everything future and let this divine connection be known as love today. Amen.