Morning Prayer, September 15, 2013

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Luke 23.32-43

Sustaining and Redeeming God –

Forgive us for we know not what we do –
When we wage war in your name.
When we perpetuate systems that oppress, that destroy, that harm.
When we neglect your image in one another – in neighbor, in stranger – when we neglect your image in ourselves.

Forgive us for we know not what we do –
When we curse our enemy, finding it easier to use our words as weapons.
When we trample over the earth, unconscious, uncaring of your creation.
When we merely work through the motions of our lives, even in our worship, detached from communion with our neighbors and with you.

Forgive us for we know not what we do –
When we forget the gospel message of generosity, of goodness, of beauty.
When we would rather celebrate vulgarity, kitsch or superficiality.
When we reduce your truth to checklists of right and wrong.
When we exclude others from your wide open Welcome because of their difference.

Today, as we sing, may we survey your wondrous cross – may we witness anew sorrow and love flowing mingled down.

Teach us peace. Teach us justice. Guide us to be prophetic witnesses in Christ’s name. Reveal to us your image in our own lives and in the great diversity of your creation. May we bear witness to your compassion and hospitality.

As we survey the wondrous cross this day, teach us again to pray for our enemies – by name, with love and grace. May our motions be met with new meaning – out of the sorrow and love in our lives – may we find your Spirit of wisdom and peace and faith. Grant us the wisdom and welcome alive in your very self. May it be alive in our community this day as never before.

As we survey the wondrous cross this day, we know we do so surrounded with the very presence of Christ, and we respond with grateful and humble hearts. We pray all this in Jesus’ name, as we speak together the prayer he taught us, Our Father…

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