Give us, O God,
leaders whose hearts are large enough
to match the breadth of our own souls
and give us souls strong enough to follow leaders of vision and wisdom.
In seeking a leader, let us seek
more than development of ourselves— though development we hope for,
more than security for our own land— though security we need,
more than satisfaction for our wants— though many things we desire. Give us the hearts to choose the leader
who will work with other leaders
to bring safety to the whole world….
Sister Joan Chittister
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace...
The Book of Common Prayer, 1979 copyright the Episcopal Church
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There are healthy ways to slow down, to center ourselves, “be still” and “know God.” There are simple ways to listen to what God may be trying to say to us at the deepest level of our being.
Every Thursday morning at 8:00 am in the beautiful All Saints’ Chapel on the ground floor of Saint Mark's Cathedral, a small group gathers for contemplative prayer. We have a short inspirational reading and 20 minutes of silent meditation. It's very plain and simple, but it helps to open us to the extravagant love and energy that God is waiting to give us. It helps us find the "peace and quiet" that centers us for the rest of the week.
We invite you to join us. Try it several weeks in a row and see for yourself. There is no cost. Your only investment is your time.
"Sometimes there would be a rush of noisy visitors" the parable begins, "and the Silence of the monastery would be shattered.
This would upset the Monks... but not the master,
who seemed just as content with the noise as with the silence.
To those protesting he said one day,
'Silence is not the absence of sound... but the absence of self.'
Thin Places June 2015
I will take the night shift of your prayer. I will keep watch while you sleep. I will be the light glowing in your darkness, the quiet harbor of your dreams. Be at peace. Be not afraid. All will be well. Though we pass this night in mystery, uncertain to know the last soliloquy of our lives, what we do know beyond all doubt, is that we will face the dawn together. Rest now. I have the night shift of your prayer.
Bishop Steve Charleston, HOPE AS OLD AS FIRE, May 24
by Bishop Steve Charleston
God bless the church: our traveling tribe, our motley crew, caravan of the conflicted and courageous, stumbling toward paradise, the hurt and the hopeful, wounded healers, singing along the way.
Life within her tents is never easy, but life without her would be darkness beyond our imagining.
Bless the church, dear God, your quarreling brood, your stubborn flock, your love living for love, your dream of what might be.
Bishop Steve Charleston