Prayers of the people
Oh Divine One, be with us as we pray .
The deep, misty dark void with energies swirling before the universe is formed,
the waters coming up to your neck,
nothing to grasp, or to stand upon, feeling God is nowhere.
The blue Lake Gennesaret /Galilee, choppy, stormy, cold….
pushing out the boat, bone weary, into the deep.
Trusting this stranger and then the miracle of fish.
Your pounding feet running to follow the path made by the huge walls of water
revealed by God , ‘who made the depths of the sea a way for the redeemed to cross over”.
These deep scenes are scary, unknown bottomless like our emotions, psyches,
hearts the deep of the ocean. The depth and complexity of the world’s trouble;
sickness, floods, the fires raging or the dry deep drought,
where we have not listened to the depth of wisdom of the Old ones who
know the ways to slow and stop the fire, all the wounding of Gaia.
O God, where will it go, where will it end? We fear the deep, the unknown.
We can only see so far. Can we trust He who asks us to go out into the deep?
It is unexplored, no boundaries, dark and uncertain.
The Authorities and power of this world seem unfathomable, impossible to contain, hopeless.
Even those on spiritual paths feel like they are drowning, Even more women, the poor,
the ill, LGBTQI community, oppressed races are all drowning.
God, when the deep void is covering us, help us to believe that you create new life,
light and us; You challenge us to try again. To go into the deep,
stretching us to go further into the bottomless unknown.
Divine one, give us trust and faith that in the deep.
There is life, fish for all, and transformation.
That the drowning waves will part, letting us through, letting in the light,
that life comes out of the void.
Make us draw from the deep wells of community life with help,
listening, giving comfort, offering grace and love,
reaching down a hand into the deep for the drowning.
Lessen all anxiety and fear of the flood, sun, fire, loss and disease
and give strength to those drowning;
to those helping.
God, help us to remember: we are redeemed, the deep waters part and in to Zion
we go singing, to be fishers of all humanity.
Bless the Church, the World, our community.
In Jesus name we pray,
by Jenne Perlstein, offered for worship, 10/2/19