Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Prayer-Tweets @Dream PC(USA)

Recently, I came across @WeDreamPCUSA, a new Twitter group, thanks to @CindyCaporaso.

Dream PC(USA) was "born out of GA220, open to God's Spirit, dreaming of new ways to be the Church..." When GA220 ended, in July 2012 Emily blogged, there was a lot of discouragement, disillusionment and frustration. There was also movement toward hope with the formation of Dream PC(USA); the idea came from other denomination groups already out there harnessing social media: @DreamUMC (United Methodist Church), Acts 8 Moment (Episcopalian Church) and @Mainline Dreams to get the different denominations dreaming together about the universal Body of Christ. On Thursdays at 9:30 ET, DreamPCUSA meets real-time on Twitter to prayer-tweet heartfelt prayers using the hashtag #dreampcusa (if you follow this link you will see all the prayer tweets). It seems quite appropriate, during the last week of Lent, on Holy Wednesday to join their Ash Wednesday Pastoral Prayer (reproduced below).

Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out our transgressions.
For we have both acted justly and unjustly, spoken carefully and uncarefully, listened with empathy and not listened at all.
You desire justice and righteousness to cascade like waterfalls; You desire wholeness and connectedness.
For the times when we have been too harsh on ourselves or others, forgive us.
For the times when we have been too easy on ourselves or others, forgive us.
For the times we have taken our frustration or anger out on others, forgive us.
For the times we have bottled our emotions up, forgive us.
For the times when we have not taken another’s frustrations or emotions seriously, forgive us.
For the times when we have written off those who are not like us, forgive us.
For the times we chose not to or forgot to take care of ourselves, forgive us.
For the times we let something important slip through the cracks, forgive us.
For the times we forget to find joy and laughter, forgive us.
For the times we have excluded someone, forgive us.
For the times we judged others and ourselves, forgive us.
For the angry words said in frustrating situations, forgive us.
For the times when our thoughts turn to hate, forgive us.
For all that weighs on our hearts and keeps us from you, forgive us.
Gracious God, we remember those who have died this past year.
We remember the personal losses of friends, family members, colleagues, and chosen family.
We remember those killed in school shootings.
We remember those killed in other shootings.
We remember Trayvon Martin.
We remember those who died and those whose lives were destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.
We remember those killed in wars and violence around the world.
We remember those killed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Palestine/Israel, Lebanon.
We remember civilians all over the world caught in the crossfire.
We remember those who are victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
We remember those who carry physical, emotional, and spiritual scars from abuse.
We remember those who feel as though they’ve lost hope.
We remember those struggling with mental illness.
We remember those who are unemployed and under employed.
We remember those who are struggling under heavy debt.
We remember those who are working and yet can’t seem to make ends meet.
We remember those struggling with addiction.
We remember those who feel stuck in cycles of poverty or violence or abuse or addiction.
We remember those who struggle with hunger.
We remember those who are not insured or have no access to health care.
We remember those who are homeless and refugees.
We remember those incarcerated & their families.
We remember those who are isolated because of age or disability.
We remember those who cannot remember themselves.
We remember those children and youth whose dreams have been crushed by forces beyond their control.
We remember those who suffer from long-term illness.
We remember those who are care-givers.
We remember those who have been told their creativity and imagination is useless or pointless.
We remember those who struggle to find purpose and meaning.
We remember those who are burnt out in caring professions.
We remember those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
We remember those who struggle under the expectations of others.
We remember those who have had to make difficult, life-changing decisions.
We remember those who cannot marry the person they are in love with.
We remember those forced out of their homes after coming out.
We remember those who fight to change the systems of racism in our communities and in the world.
We remember those who fight to change the systems of sexism in our communities and in our world.
We remember those who fight to change the systems of heteronormativity in our communities and in our world.
We remember those who fight against the systems of ageism in our communities and in our world.
We remember those who educate and advocate.
We remember those who have been burned by organized religion.
We remember those who feel distanced from God because of their experiences within the Church.
Holy God, we remember.
We remember & will not allow ourselves to be distracted from working toward Your justice and righteousness for all people.
We remember not simply to remember but also to remind us of our mission within the world.
We are the Body of Christ for the world.
We go forward to help and heal, work and rest, sing and pray, love and comfort.
We go forward knowing the Holy Spirit empowers us to repent & work together for a more just world.
In the name of Jesus we pray, amen.



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