FROM APRIL 2023 INTERCESSION PAPER
FROM APRIL 2023 INTERCESSION PAPER
``Draw us in to spend quiet time with you, more and more, being always mindful of you, as you are of us.``
JOIN US IN PRAYER
Every month Companions receive a small booklet in the mail, the Intercession Paper. Day by day, we turn its pages, praying with our Companions. The prayers concern needs big and small, thanksgivings, and the aims of the Society. Each day of the week has a theme.
In this monthly feature of our blog, we select some prayers from this month’s IP, as it is called. If you’re so inclined, please join Companions in reaching out in love through prayer.
Most Holy One, you made us in your own
image and likeness.
You make us glad in our share of the splendor
of your bounty.
As seasons come and go, you continually restore
and recreate us to become the Easter people
you would want us to be.
Strengthen and inspire us that we may rise daily,
and joyfully participate in your redeeming love for the world.
With grateful hearts for your unbounded love,
we pray in the name of the Risen Christ.
Harriet Kollin, SCHC
THANKSGIVINGS: SUNDAY AND EVERY DAY
With grateful hearts we offer thanksgiving:
For new structures on old, solid foundations
For the wonder of new means to worship together
For the devotion and skill of new administrators
For nourishment and fun in new venues
For the delight of joining with visitors, sojourners, and Companions new and old, in our house of joy
We thank you, Lord, and bless your holy Name.
Laura Drum, SCHC
Lehigh Valley Chapter
“New Life at Adelynrood Arising from the Ashes of COVID”
MONDAY: SIMPLICITY OF LIFE
’Tis the gift to be simple … when true simplicity is gained … we come ’round right. Simple Gifts
A gift that is hard to reach;
a goal for all of us, a jewel that we seek.
Help me to find simplicity in this world of status and consumption. Help me to see the simple things: warm soup shared with others, the bird on the feeder, the crocus breaking through the ground, God’s love helping us to find simplicity in this life.
Annette van Hilst, SCHC
Potomac River Chapter
TUESDAY: UNITY OF ALL GOD’S PEOPLE
Lord God, how magnificent and inspiring is your creation; your diverse and intricate plant life, varied species of wildlife, and yes, the breadth of our human population. Help us to see and celebrate all as your unique creation, and by doing so turn from polarizing division to affirmation of your mosaic of creation.
Pam Van Siclen, SCHC
WEDNESDAY: SOCIAL JUSTICE
The masses of men live with their backs constantly against the wall. They are the poor, the disinherited, the dispossessed. What does our religion say to them? The search for an answer to this question is perhaps the most important religious quest of modern life. (Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited)
Jesus, as we walk the way of the cross with you to Calvary, to the grave, and to the Resurrection, may we look into the eyes of those whose “backs are against the wall,” as you did—with love.
Ethel Wright, SCHC
THURSDAY: PEACE AND RECONCILIATION
From this world of war, we pray for peace.
Peace for the frightened children,
For the hungry or wounded,
For those who have lost their homes,
For cities, places of worship, and schools destroyed,
For those who must become strangers in a
For those who are fighting for a better world,
For those who keep your image in their hearts
Mary Perlin, SCHC
FRIDAY: GROWTH IN THE SPIRITUAL LIFE
God of all grace, our creator and guardian who longs for our heedfulness: You patiently attend to us every second of every day. Please open our hearts and minds to your ever-present love and care, and draw us in to spend quiet time with you, more and more, being always mindful of you, as you are of us.
Joy Kiser, SCHC
Charles River Chapter
SATURDAY: PRAYERS PERSONAL AND GENERAL
While in my heart I may pray for social justice, please, dear God, open my eyes to actually see and recognize the injustices right around me. Please give me the courage to speak up and strength to take action, to do whatever I am able to help eliminate them.
Judith Goff, SCHC
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