Sunday, 2 July 2017

12. Sanctuary – offering holy places

O Jesus, first among the rejected and outcast,
how is it that you could become a refugee
within the creation of your own hand?
What was it like for you, as an infant,
to be hidden by your parents, for fear
of the powers and principalities of destruction?

May we find new ways of offering holiness
through the provision of our homes,
our gathering places and our presence.

In times of uncertainty and fear, we pray
to find the ways of demonstrating peace.
Among those whose hope has been shattered, we pray
to find the ways of restoring wholeness and wonder.

We call upon God to receive our willingness
and use it for good.
Bless our offerings to become tools of healing.
Bless our homes and worship places
to become places of safety and hospitality.
Bless our speech
to communicate welcome and love.
Bless us to bless others.

(C) 2017, A.Koh-Butler

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