Day 3: Community

Video, Audio and Written Guides for Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning Prayer

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ETA Autumn 2021

OPENING PRAYER

We gather this morning to commit ourselves to cultivating community by finding kindred spirits along the path and welcoming in the cloud of witnesses as sources of support and wisdom. As Sister Thea Bowman reminds us, “Remember who you are and whose you are.” We belong to one another.

OPENING SONG

Archangel Invocation

FIRST READING: Edward Sellner

To be a monk today or someone seeking to incorporate monastic values into his or her own life presumes being a part of a community of friends, people with whom a person can share the counsels of the heart and speak a language of the heart to one another.

 

SUNG PSALM OPENING

O Hope, open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise. (Repeat)

PSALM 103

God forgives our sins and failings

heals our fears and anxieties

gives meaning to life and death

is our love.

In God we are satisfied with good things

renewed in vigor

reminded of righteous ways.

God hates all oppression

God is compassion

slow to anger and swift to forgive

Loving us like a good parent—remembering that we are

like flowers in the field, that bloom in their time,

and fade away.

God’s goodness lives in us, and in our children

From once-upon-a-time to forever and ever.

Bless God, you holy angels

Bless God, you wise ones

Bless God, all you who do God’s work,

Bless God, O my soul.

 

SUNG DOXOLOGY

Glory to the Maker, Lover, and Keeper; as ago, in this breath, and will be ever. Amen, Amen.

SECOND READING: Nehemiah 1:1-8

Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, “If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples; but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts are under the farthest skies, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place at which I have chosen to establish my name.”

SILENT CONTEMPLATION

PRAYERS OF CONCERN

We offer prayers now for all that is on our hearts.

God of the ancient ones, we thank you for the witness of those down the centuries who have lived together in monasteries and communities sharing a rule of life.  May we discover a rhythm for our lives that nourishes and sustains.  Bless us with others to support us in our living.  Gift us with relationships in which trust deepens and reveal to us the joy of deep speaking to deep.

Sung Response – O God of Love, reveal your face in friendship.

God of the yearning ones, we pray for those who long to belong but who struggle to build meaningful and nurturing friendships.  Soothe their loneliness and pain with the healing caress of your love.  Increase our sensitivity to others and create a space in our hearts for those we find hard to love.  As you embrace us in all our diversity, may our relationships mirror your compassion and acceptance.

Sung Response – O God of Love, reveal your face in friendship.

God of the vulnerable ones, we share a common home with species and creatures of every imaginable size, shape and colour.  Yet so many are endangered by our human greed and exploitation.  We cry out in anguish to you.  When will we learn that all of life is an interdependent community?  Show us again how to live well together.  Then we will sing your praise and delight in life’s flourishing.

Sung Response – O God of Love, reveal your face in friendship.

Please add the prayers you are longing to express.

Sung Response – O God of Love, reveal your face in friendship.

CLOSING SONG

Divine

 

CLOSING BLESSING

God of friendship

I come to know your love and care

through the embodied presence of others.

Weave me together with kindred spirits,

knit me more closely with friends of the soul,

cultivate in me a kinship with humanity

so that I recognize my struggles and joys in others.

In my loneliness reveal to me this communion

and may I be a solace to others who ache for connection.

Transform me through conversation and loving presence.

Help me to see how I am part of a great circle

of pilgrims, witnesses, ancestors, and mystics

who guide me to true connection with You.

Gather me into your great wide heart,

so I might discover I am never separate

but always held in love.

 

SUNG AMEN

Credits

All songs and texts used with permission

Opening Prayer written by Christine Valters Paintner

Opening Song: Archangel Invocation by Simon de Voil

First Reading from Edward Sellner, Finding the Monk Within: Great Monastic Values for Today.

Ambassador Books, Inc (2008).

Sung Psalm Opening and Doxology by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

Interpretation of Psalm 103 by Rev. Christine Robinson

Second Reading from Nehemiah 1:1-8 (NRSV)

Prayers of Concern written by Valerie Allen

Sung Response by Betsey Beckman

Closing Song: Divine by Soyinka Rahim

Closing Blessing: written by Christine Valters Paintner

 

Please note: All of the Opening and Closing Songs are published on CDs in the Abbey of the Arts collection. In addition, these songs have accompanying gesture prayers and/or dances created by Betsey Beckman that can be found on the corresponding DVD (each album has a DVD companion).  The Psalm Opening, Doxology, and the Response to the Prayers of Concern also have accompanying congregational gestures. The audio and video recordings of these are available at AbbeyoftheArts.com.

Evening Prayer

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ETA Autumn 2021

OPENING PRAYER

Let us reflect on how we found companionship this day. Whether through the kindness of strangers, reaching out of friends, the circle of creation, or the communion of the saints, let us celebrate all the ways we felt our connection to one another.

OPENING SONG

Canticle of Creation

 

SUNG PSALM OPENING

O Hope, open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise. (Repeat)

PSALM  113

Hallelujah!

Open your hearts, you servants of God

Open your hearts to God

Strive to be a fertile field for God’s love

All day, all night, all ways.

God’s work encompasses the nations,

the world, the distances between the stars.

God’s work is in the atom, the

core, the intestacies of matter.

God’s work is in the deeds of love, the

justice of society, the care of friends.

God’s life is in every life, making us one family.

God’s justice lifts the poor

setting them with nobility in the human community.

God’s love fills our hearts

with everything we need.

 

 

 

SUNG DOXOLOGY

Glory to the Maker, Lover, and Keeper; as ago, in this breath, and will be ever. Amen, Amen.

READING OF THE NIGHT: Henri Nouwen

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

SILENT CONTEMPLATION

CLOSING POEM

God Among the Pots and Pans

(After St. Teresa of Avila)

 

Sifting flour for daily bread

white mist rises

dough multiplies before my eyes

 

Chopped carrots

form a broken string

of orange prayer beads

 

The sharp knife cuts through

any confusion

bone gleaming exposed

 

Sizzle of steak

onions and mushrooms

alchemy of steel and flame

 

My cup of coffee

is of course

always a revelation

 

And the glasses of wine

waiting on the table

a wonder of earth and time

 

Magpie caws outside

an apparition in black and white

among russet leaves

 

The sun descends slowly

in violet reverie recalling

the beauty of endings

 

The timer bell rings

calling me back again

to this prayer

 

To the miracles

of dinner and dishwater

and our long slow sighs.

 

CLOSING SONG

Now I Walk in Beauty

Credits

All songs and texts used with permission

Opening Prayer written by Christine Valters Paintner

Opening Song: Canticle of Creation by Simon de Voil

Psalm Opening and Doxology by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

Interpretation of Psalm 113 by Rev. Christine Robinson

Reading of the Night from Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life.

Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press (2008).

Closing Poem by Christine Valters PaintnerDreaming of Stones. Paraclete Press (2019).

Closing Song: Now I Walk in Beauty by Lorraine Bayes

 

Please note: All of the Opening and Closing Songs are published on CDs in the Abbey of the Arts collection. In addition, these songs have accompanying gesture prayers and/or dances created by Betsey Beckman that can be found on the corresponding DVD (each album has a DVD companion).  The Psalm Opening and Doxology also have accompanying congregational gestures. The audio and video recordings of these are available at AbbeyoftheArts.com.