Spirit of God
You are the breath of creation
The wind of change
Speak through our thoughts and dreams tonight
Song ”All creatures of our God”
Forgive us our closed minds
And break down the barricades of our hearts
So we can embrace new ways of being
We say the Lord’s Prayer in our own language
Reading Acts 24
17 “After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor and to present offerings. 18 I was ceremonially clean when they found me in the temple courts doing this. There was no crowd with me, nor was I involved in any disturbance. 19 But there are some Jews from the province of Asia, who ought to be here before you and bring charges if they have anything against me. 20 Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin— 21 unless it was this one thing I shouted as I stood in their presence: ‘It is concerning the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.’”
We pray tonight for Beirut and all those we know who need our help and prayers who we carry in our hearts tonight.
Spirit of the Living God present with us now enter their bodies, minds and spirits and heal them of all that harms them. Let your angels be beside them at this time and protect them. In Jesus Name we pray.
In the depth of silence
No words are needed
We are just called to listen
To the movement of the Spirit
And in the midst of confusion
To hear your voice.
©Iona Community and Janet Morley adapted
17“在缺席了幾年之後，我來到耶路撒冷，為窮人帶來禮物給我，並獻上禮物。 18當他們在聖殿法院找到我的時候，我在禮儀上很乾淨。我沒有人群，也沒有任何干擾。 19但是有一些來自亞洲省的猶太人，應該在您面前，如果對我有任何指控，請控告他們。 20或者這些在這裡的人應該說出我站在Sanhedrin面前時在我身上發現的罪行-21除非是我站在他們面前時高喊的一件事：“這與我正在死者的複活有關今天在您面前進行審判。'”
©Iona Community和Janet Morley改編