This Feb 7-9 I participated in Canadian Mennonite University’s Worship and Imagination Conference. There were many highlights,and this is the fruit of one of them. I participated in Carol Penner’s workshop, Prayers for Peace, where we learned about writing deep, specific issue prayers, and were led in a prayer writing exercise on an issue that affects us all. You can enjoy her prayers at http://www.leadingin worship.com. I hope you will also enjoy this prayer that I helped compose in a group assignment.
Family Conflict Prayer
God of love, whom we can trust to listen well
We who have quarrelled, come to you today.
We have shouted:
You never listen to me!
You always think you know best!
How dare you?
Or, we have built walls of silence:
Walls made of anger,
We’re so afraid relationships are crumbling away. Please help!
Forgive our sins…as we forgive those who sin against us.
“Gentle Shepherd, come and lead us
For we need you to help us find our way.” Amen
(follow by singing this song, found in HWB 252, or move directly into it.)
*The group preferred closing with the opening line of the hymn, “Healer of our every ill.” Pick your own, for closing with a song helps deepen one’s engagement with the prayer.