Sabbath Prayer: Week 6

“Lord, teach us to pray…”
(Luke 11:1)
 
As we mentioned four weeks ago, each summer we take a Sabbath break from the Word From Below reflections. Instead, we are inviting you to pray with us. (We will resume our normal Word From Below reflections in September).
 
Here are two prayers that have been helping form us in our call to develop incarnational leaders: The Prayer of Vocation grounds us in our particular call, and the Prayer of Discernment helps us discern the move of the Spirit at work in us and our network.
 
We invite you to pray one or both of these with us.
 
Prayer Request (Each week we offer a new prayer)
This week we are praying for the Street Psalms Community. There are nine ordained members from our network. We share a common call to develop incarnational leaders, though we each express that call differently. Our gift is the way we see and celebrate good news. It energizes all we do.
 
Our community originated in the basement of a church in north Philly 10 years ago. We were formally founded in 2008, and have shared deep friendship and tremendous hardship along the way. We’ve witnessed the growth of a global network around our call and we’ve confronted the possibility of dissolving the community altogether. We are not an end in ourselves. Our community nurtures the charism of our work. Pray that we steward the gift well.
 
Ordained members include: Tim Merrill (Camden), Ruben Ortiz (Philadelphia), Gideon Ochieng (Nairobi), Mario Matos (Santo Domingo), Ron Ruthruff (Seattle), Scott Dewey (Denver and Marghitta), Joel Van Dyke (Guatemala City), Jeff Johnsen (Denver), and Kris Rocke (Tacoma).
 
Praying
It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
 
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
 
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.”
 
– Mary Oliver, Thirst
 
Peace,
 
Kris Rocke
Executive Director
Street Psalms