Prayer Service at Western District Assembly

On Saturday, July 7, at 12:45, many people will gather together at the Western District Conference assembly for prayer. We will pray and sing and hear scripture together in preparation for the afternoon delegate session. For those who are not in Oklahoma City this weekend and would like to pray with us, here is the order of worship we will be using. (I do not know what hymns we will sing, and suggest you insert your favorites.)

 

Hymn

Gathering Prayer (concluding with Lord’s prayer)

Scripture: Psalm 139:7-18

Hymn

Prayer of St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Scripture: Ephesians 2:14-22

Rule of Life from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Scripture: Matthew 7:7-12

Sharing (feel free to share thoughts and prayers in the comments below)

Hymn

Prayer for Transformation (by Sarah Klaassen)

1: Creating God –
2: Creating God –
3: Creating God –

1: we give thanks and praise for voices lifted in song
2: for hearts longing for justice
3: for people praying for peace

1: Today we celebrate our holy calling to risk,
to stand on the edge of acceptability and acceptance
to come out with pride
and speak up even in the midst of conflict

2: We celebrate our sister and friend and pastor Joanna,
honoring her gracious and faithful witness
and gentle yet bold testimony in Western District Conference and beyond

3: We celebrate those who wear pink
and those who dare to think

All: that all people have a place at the table of our Lord

1: Sustaining God –
2: Sustaining God –
3: Sustaining God –

2: You are the divine mystery that knits us together in unity with each other and with creation. And yet we find ourselves uncertain as we prepare to enter this delegate session. We do not come as impartial decision-makers but instead bring with us

All: many pieces of ourselves:

1: Today we bring our fear
that inclusion will be replaced
by a false unity that appeases loud voices

2: Today we bring our anger and resentment
that real voices and real people are lost between the cracks
of debates and resolutions about authority and singular truth

3: Today we bring our pain and our grief
that our beloved church is sometimes a place of
violence and exclusion toward those of us who are
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
and toward those who love us

1: Redeeming God –
2: Redeeming God –
3: Redeeming God –

1: It is here and now that we need your peace
2: Break into our midst and redeem us
3: Transform our fear into resilient hope
1: Transform our anger into a wide, wide mercy
2: Transform our resentment into gracious dissent
3: Transform our pain into confidence that we are all members of the household of God

1: Let your extravagant love and unending peace descend
upon us and upon all who are gathered here.

All: In hope we pray… Amen.

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6 thoughts on “Prayer Service at Western District Assembly

  1. Jamie

    Sarah and I just sat, sang, read, and prayed for all of you gathered in Oklahoma City. Know you are held by many hands and many hearts. Blessings.

    • jharader

      I know you and Sarah were with us in Spirit. Thank you!

  2. CGHarader

    This was an extremely meaningful service. The songs I listened to and watched (via youtube) were “Amazing Grace” (Leeann Rhimes, acapella); “Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone” by Chris Tomlin; and “God of Grace and God of Glory” (with a church choir and bells during a worship service). I listened to the Prayer of St. Francis via youtube, too. The words were read, slowly, while beautiful scenes were shown. The words of the closing prayer are amazing. My prayers remain with you and all who are struggling to be God’s people in a difficult time. May community and grace abide as you do “worshipful work” in the presence of God. mom

    • jharader

      We did sing “Amazing Grace.” And yes, Sarah’s prayer is beautiful and powerful.

  3. CGHarader

    I forgot to add that I even went to your previous post to read Martin Luther King’s rule of life and how much the Ephesians 2 text touched my life and soul at this time.

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