Word of the Week

Evening Prayer

Prayers for peace have been on my heart and mind lately especially as I think of the members of our congregation that are facing periods of illness, surgery and life changing desicions. I have always loved this prayer and we even sang the hymn version of this prayer last Sunday in worship after communion.

I share it with you today as I as pray your heart is filled with peace this evening, especially as God calls you to put hands and feet to your prayers to be that peace in our brokeness of all our worlds.

Lord, make me an instrument of your 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,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.

--- St. Francis of Assisi