Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Rev. John Thomas' Prayer After the Marriage Vote

Lord Jesus, to you we live, to you we suffer, to you we die. Yours will we be in life and in death. Today, as in ancient Bethlehem, the hopes and fears of all the years are met in you. We give thanks for your presence during these days of prayer and idscernment, and especially for your presence here this morning. We have felt your warm embrace, stilling us as we tremble with joy, with hope, with fear, with disappointment. Remind us that as we are tempted to run from each other, so too we run from you. We know that every choice confers a cost, so let us attend in the coming hours and days to those for whom this decision confers a particular burden. Let us find words that comfort rather than congratulate; let us seek to be a community of grace and forgiveness rather than organizing constituencies of protest, let us use our hands not to clap, but to wipe away every tear. And in all this may we know in surprising new ways the comfort of belonging to You. This is our prayer. Hear us, Lord Jesus. Amen.


Anonymous said...

My heart and spirit echoed the prayer you posted on your blog. I cast a firm AMEN to John Thomas' prayer. This will have been a time of great debate at your Synod and I especially identify with "words of comfort, and hands to wipe away every tear". May the Lord hear the prayers of His peoople.

Enjoyed your here via xn.

Anonymous said...

"You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sin and fullness of grace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, and eternal life in your realm which has no end. Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you. Amen."
(UCC Statement of Faith, apologies for errors in recall from which this prayer is written here.)