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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Prayers of the People........specialized

I know I have written about this before in MOLC, but believe it bears repeating.....

One of the ways to make a Eucharistic celebration even more special is to customize the Prayers of the People to be used for that Sunday or that special occasion.

Here is an example of POP I have written for the Deacon's Conference Eucharist in the Diocese of New York to be held next weekend.

Prayers of the People

As deacons we are called to be both bold and humble, wise and just. Let us with gratitude petition our God for the courage and wisdom to inspire and support the Church.

For the Church Universal - in its many and diverse forms and many members - that all may listen to the needs of the world and respond in action as well as word, we pray

Compassionate and just God, strengthen us to do your will.

For this nation and the nations and tribes of the world - may we strive to raise up and support leaders who promote overall peace, dignity for every individual, a reverence for the world and a just and humane sharing of its vast resources, we pray

Spirit of creativity and harmony, inspire us to do your will.

For skill in communication, negotiation and understanding that our conflicts may be diminished and our minds set on finding the true common good, we pray

God of wisdom and good, empower us to do your will.

For this diaconal community, for priests and bishops; for this geographical community, county and state and all who inhabit them, we pray

Friend of all who turn to you, help us to pray for your will.

For immigrants, migrant workers, day laborers, the unemployed and underemployed, for service members, for workers of many colored collars; for all upon whose labor we depend, we pray

God of mercy, give us grateful hearts to do your will.

For prisoners, those who are persecuted or tortured; for all who mourn; for those who struggle with depression, addictions, loneliness, prolonged or painful illness; for all the ill and infirm, especially ( ), we pray

Tender God, help us to care for those in need by doing your will.

For all those who have died - for those who left recently or long ago - for those we have never known as well as those we have loved - for those who have been killed, for those who have left while dreaming, especially ( ), we pray

Embracing and forgiving God, bless and welcome those who have done your will.

Concluding Collect:
Holy God, immense and infinite, give ear to the prayers and requests of your messengers, prophets and servants. Give us clear minds to turn to you for guidance in all our petitions and the purpose of your guiding Spirit to accomplish in us that which you would have us do. In Jesus' wonderful name. AMEN.

Now, that is only an example. Wouldn't it be wonderful if special prayers could be written for individual weddings, changes in the parish, induction of vestries, celebrations for anniversaries? It is also a helpful to write POP based on the lectionary for the week or current events.

Keeping the Prayers of the People fresh and pertinent also helps a congregation be interactive and 'on their toes', encouraging people to pray rather than say their prayers.

If you find this suggestion helpful - or are already using 'tailored' prayers, send them to me @ and I'll be happy to post them here and share them with our fellow Farmers.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Pumpkins...... pumpkins........... no squash here

This little thought was passed on by my good friend C... her Dad sent it to her. Thanks, Ms. C and Dad......(I confess to making a few additions)

Being a vital Christian is like being a pumpkin- being turned into a 'Jack-o'lantern' is a matter of God's unfailing grace.

God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you.

He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff-- including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, pride, fear, jealousy, etc.

Then He carves you a special face - no two exactly alike - and puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see.

This was passed on to me from another pumpkin. Keep the pumpkin parable rolling.....

Send it along to all the pumpkins in your extended family patch.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Something to read??

I remember Fannie Flagg from the "original" Candid Camera TV show. She often posed as a Jane Doe in a bind or somewhat clumsy. Not until this morning when I read some of her background did I know that she also wrote some of the situational sketches for that show.

Be it here or there, my friend Julie is highly recommending her new book which came out this summer "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven".

Ms. Flagg is not a heavy read..... and it just might be a good one to take a peek at. Enjoy!

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