As summer fades, our churches are preparing for the same rush that school teachers are imagining with great anticipation and joy.
There are lots of events and details for which pastors and teachers are eagerly planning. You, dear pastor, are starting to get excited for what might feel like the first ‘normal’ year of programming in a very long time. You are still taking precautions and ministry has changed so much in such a short time.
These prayers are all centered around Psalm 84 which doesn’t appear in the Revised Common Lectionary until late in October. Still, it feels like these words might guide this season. They might shape us each week along with the other things that I’ve imagined in my upcoming newsletter. You may have already seen this other post from this collection. You certainly have some wonderful ideas of your own, dear pastor. I know you do.
As always, use these words as they bless your worship. Maybe they appear again and again throughout season as we fling open the doors and welcome each other again.
Lovely Welcome Inspired by Psalm 84 There are so many places that we live. There are places that feel like home and spaces that are home because of those that live there and the way that it makes us feel to just be in that chair or at that table. Something shifts when we walk through the door and it is lovely. It is lovely to be in this place. Dear one, wherever you have com from and wherever you might be going, might this place where we sing and praise, lament and pray together be a place that feels like another home. May it be lovely because it is so lovely to dwell with you here.
I could see this welcome being repeated. Maybe not every week but maybe there are variations on it. Or it just appears on the days where communion is shared, if you are of one of those traditions where it doesn’t happen weekly. It might be nice just to hear that it’s lovely to be together. The following prayer might go with it or be used other times.
Prayer of Invocation
Inspired by Psalm 84
Dwell with us here, O God.
Dwell in this cozy nest so that
we might find our home in you again.
We have been so scattered
flitting and flying about
through all that has felt uncertain.
So much has been uncertain
and praise hasn't come easily.
We have felt everything else.
Now, O God, find us all together again.
It is so lovely to be together
and we need to be together, with you
and with all that is gathered here.
Enfold us in your wing, O God.
Gather us in to your love and strength.
Dwell in the songs we sing
to praise your name
and show us your grace.
Now and always. Amen.
In all of the meaningful re-gathering you are creating for your community, I give thanks. Thank you for all you do, dear pastor. As always, I’m praying for you.