Help your wounded Church to remember its roots,
To recall the ways of your Son, our Lord, Jesus and to treat all with respect and compassion.
We pray for healing and justice for those whose lives have been destroyed by abuse.
We also pray for the leaders of your Church, our shepherds, priests, deacons,
and women religious who have upheld your teachings.
May they know that we are grateful for their dedication and that we are praying for them.
While we know that you, God, will never let us down,
we pray that one day, we may have our trust restored.
monthly meeting opening Prayer
As we begin our VOTF/Watch meeting Lord be with us.
God of the journey, we need a burning bush to set our hearts aflame with deep love of You.
When the road of life seems long and tedious,
when the dying and rising gets to be too much sometimes,
be that pillar of fire by night and comforting cloud by day
so that we can not only see the way but be confident of Your gracious presence
which is our strength and our hope.
Thank you for Your nearness to us and for encouraging us to trust in You.
“In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that in the midst of winter,
I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy.
For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me,
Within me, there's something stronger, something better,
pushing me right back."
*Borrowed from +Joseph A. Kitchens Funeral
Alexa Young, CA