Prayer to the Sacred Three

This prayer was sourced from a Forest Church liturgy at Brigid’s Mantle by Gelli Ma

Prayer to the Sacred Three 

Sacred Three, whose love spirals the Universe

I ask you to guide my footsteps 

To open my eyes, to reveal your presence

in the world that is your gift to me.

May the blessing of the Father be in 

the depth of earth, the stability of rock, 

the turning of the seasons

to hold and protect me.

May the blessing of the Christ be in

the life that springs forth from the earth

creatures, trees and plant life

companions in my journey

May the blessing of the Spirit be in 

the eddying waters, the zephyrs of air

the breath of God’s love 

to ward me and guide me.

Amen

When did Christians start meeting on a Sunday?

When did Christians start meeting on a Sunday? Many assume that it’s a tradition that arose centuries after the apostles. And yet evidence survives within the Bible itself that churches began meeting on the first day of the week soon after the resurrection of Jesus on the first day of the week.

For instance, in Acts 29:7 we are told, “On the FIRST DAY of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them; since he intended to leave the next day, he continued speaking until midnight.”

And Paul himself writes, in 1 Corinthians 16:2, that “On the FIRST of every week, each of you is to put aside and save whatever extra you earn, so that collections need not be taken when I come.”

So gathering, breaking bread, talks, and taking up collections, all things which we practice on a Sunday today, were practiced by the earliest churches on that same day.

In the Fading Summer Sun

In the Fading Summer Sun

In the fading of the summer sun,
the shortening of days, cooling breeze,
swallows’ flight and moonlight rays
we see the Creator’s hand

In the browning of leaves once green,
morning mists, autumn chill,
fruit that falls frost’s first kiss
we see the Creator’s hand

– Author Unknown

Prayers for prosperity

The following prayers are for prosperity. To engage your body as well as your mind you may wish to inscribe a word from these prayers on a large seed to bury in the ground. May you and yours be blessed so you may bless others.

Psalm 115:14-15

May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 128:1-6

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. May you live to see your children’s children— peace be on Israel.

A prayer for the church

Psalm 122:6-9

I pray this with the understanding that the bride of Christ is the new Jerusalem

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels. ”
For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your prosperity.

 

Christian Art: visions of Ezekiel

Ezekiel was a prophet who lived in Babylonia at the time of the destruction of the First Temple. Among his more famous prophecies, which were compiled in the Book of Ezekiel, are his visions of the Divine Chariot, the Valley of the Dry Bones, and the Third Temple. Following is art by various artist inspired by these visions.