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Monday, October 27, 2014

Prayers of the People, Saints Are People, Too!, 4th Sunday of the Season of Creation

for November 2, 2014, All Saints, 4th Sunday in SoC*Readings: Sr. Joan Chitister*, Ps 107:1-7, 33-37; Ephesians 4:1-6, Mt 5:1-12

When is a Saint a Saint in these times? Sr. Joan Chittister tells us that [Saints] are male and female, Christian and non-Christian, married and unmarried, religious and lay, pragmatists and artists, named saint by a process or proclaimed saint by the people who lived in the shadow of their lives. They are people like you and me. With one exception, perhaps. In their eyes burn the eyes of a God who sees injustice and decries it, sees poverty and condemns it, sees inequality and refuses it, sees wrong and demands that it be set right...These are people who saw themselves clearly as the others' keepers...  [see full reading below] Who are the Saints, and saints, in your life?
LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY

Leader:  ~ Lord of All Saints and All Sinners, You have created all of us with unique gifts and we have each developed our own unique flaws. Today we celebrate those who have gone before, and those among us, who have given themselves entirely to You for the sake of us all.  Whenever we struggle, or forget, to find a single moment for You in a day, grant us the wisdom to look to the examples of saints and Saints to guide us to a glimpse of Your face, and then act accordingly, from the center of our humanness.

      Universal, Omnipotent, Boundless God
RESPONSE:      Help us to be dauntless in our faith
                                  that we may live as You have called
           
~ Lord of All Saints and All Sinners, grant us the courage to decry injustice, condemn poverty, and refuse inequality as we raise strong voices, for those who have none, to the leaders of the World, our Country, and our Community, most particularly in these critical times. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

Universal, Omnipotent, Boundless God
Help us to be dauntless in our faith
              that we may live as You have called

~ Lord of All Saints and All Sinners, deliver from distress those whose spirits languish in the pain of illness, anxiety, or addiction, and endow those who give them care with patience, gentleness, and love. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
Universal, Omnipotent, Boundless God
Help us to be dauntless in our faith
              that we may live as You have called

~ Lord of All Saints and All Sinners, as You comfort those who mourn, help them, and us all, to always remember that our loved ones rejoice to enter their great reward in heaven. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
Universal, Omnipotent, Boundless God
Help us to be dauntless in our faith
              that we may live as You have called
~ Lord of All Saints and All Sinners, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt intentions and petitions, silently or aloud…
Universal, Omnipotent, Boundless God
Help us to be dauntless in our faith
              that we may live as You have called
~ Lord of All Saints and All Sinners, we offer our praise and thanksgiving for all who have humbly accepted Your call to help us navigate our path to redemption. Help them remain faithful role models as we taste the possibilities of our spiritual greatness together. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
Universal, Omnipotent, Boundless God
Help us to be dauntless in our faith
              that we may live as You have called
The Celebrant adds: Just, Merciful, Gracious God, in all humility we bow our heads and pray for Your blessing even as we often fail, but still continue to try, to embody those qualities of saintliness that will bring us to Your eternal life. We ask Your continued love and patience through Jesus, our Redeemer, and in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, who with You live and reign as One God above all, through all, and in all, for ever and ever.  Amen.


*1st Reading - A Reading from the writings of Joan Chittister:

For centuries the church has confronted the human community with role models of greatness. We call them saints when what we really often mean to say is "icon," "star," "hero," ones so possessed by an internal vision of divine goodness that they give us a glimpse of the face of God in the center of the human. They give us a taste of the possibilities of greatness in ourselves. What qualities will be necessary to live a life of integrity, of holiness, in the twenty-first century? What models of those values, if any, have been raised up to show us the way to God in a world that is more preoccupied with the material than with the spiritual, more self-centered than selfless, more concerned with the mundane than with the divine, more parochial than cosmic? (They) are male and female, Christian and non-Christian, married and unmarried, religious and lay, pragmatists and artists, named saint by a process or proclaimed saint by the people who lived in the shadow of their lives. They are people like you and me. With one exception, perhaps. In their eyes burn the eyes of a God who sees injustice and decries it, sees poverty and condemns it, sees inequality and refuses it, sees wrong and demands that it be set right. These are people for whom the Law above the law is first in their lives. These are people who did not temporize with the evil in one system just because another system could have been worse. These are people who saw themselves clearly as the others' keepers. These are people who gave themselves entirely to the impulses of God for the sake of the world.
~ Sister Joan Chittister [from: A Passion for Life: Fragments of the Face of God, Orbis, Maryknoll, NY, 1996]


* The Season of Creation originated in the Anglican Church of South Africa in 2008 and is designed for us to explore our faith from a Creation perspective. We are to realize our place in the order of God’s creating and to see and act upon the need to care for our entire life-support system - the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil in which we grow our crops - not merely humanity, but our total environment, as it pertains to ALL life.







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