Pastoral Prayer for Union Sunday 2012
by Rev. Lyn Cox
Spirit of Life,
Who draws us together in a web of holy relationships,
Make your presence known with us and in us and among us.
Remind us that we are not alone in history,
Ignite us with the courage of the living tradition.
Remind us that we are not alone in entering the future,
Anchor us with patience and perseverance.
Remind us that we are not alone in our times of grief and pain,
Comfort us with your spirit, manifest in human hands and voices.
Remind us that we are not alone in joy and wonder,
Inspire us to honor and extend the beauty we find in this world.
Divine music of the universe,
Let our hearts beat in diverse and harmonious rhythms,
Cooperating with an everlasting dance of love.
May we move with the rhythms of peace.
May we move with the rhythms of compassion.
May we move with the rhythms of justice.
Source of stars and planets and water and land
Open our hearts to all of our neighbors
Open our souls to a renewal of faith
Open our hands to join together in the work ahead.
So be it, blessed be, amen.
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By way of context, the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore hosts a major guest speaker each year to speak about a vision for shaping our faith movement. UU’s from all over the region are invited to participate. The event is called Union Sunday and commemorates the Baltimore Sermon of 1819. This year’s guest was Rev. Marta Valentin. She spoke about understanding Unitarian Universalism as a sanctuary, especially as we consider what our calling might be in response to unjust immigration policy. I wrote this pastoral prayer for today’s service.