O God of hosts, God who calls
us to be engaged in the world;
we pray for those who are
serving in our Armed Forces;
soldiers, sailors, air personnel, and those who provide support for them.
We pray for clerks and gunners,
navigators and parachute packers,
infanteers and public affairs officers.
We pray for those who care for those who fight:
for mental health nurses, doctors, and chaplains.
We pray for those who put
themselves in harm’s way;
for Search and Rescue Technicians,
for those engaged in mine-clearing,
for those in the air or on the high seas.
Keep them safe in their tasks;
keep them virtuous in their calling;
preserve them from danger,
and return them to those who love them.
When Our Dark Angel Spoke on Oct 28
The process began with prayer, then the Transition Team read an account of Living Spirit United Church’s history since the amalgamation, through to the end of the pastoral relationships between this congregation and Jennifer Ferguson and Traci Hubbard. High points, and low points of this community’s life together were included in this account. The group was invited to add to the account of Living Spirit’s history. Several people did speak with frank honesty to the gathering about their experience of painful times and how they were deeply impacted.
The group then moved into listening circles of three people. Using a ‘speaking stone’ the members of the circles took turns responding to these questions:
What feelings or memories has the account brought forward for you?
What is your story of this time in the life of Living Spirit United?
What would you like to say to the Angel of Living Spirit United?
The listening circles took 15 minutes to consider each of the three questions. At the beginning and the end of the listening circle time, participants were invited to express their responses on index cards. The index cards that people felt comfortable leaving and being made public were taped to the dark angel wings on the wall. The afternoon event ended with Rev. Paul reflecting on the process and praying to close.
Many thanks to all who came and participated in this event- thank you for your honesty, your willingness to be vulnerable and your commitment to the healing of this beloved community of faith.
If there are folks who were not able to attend the event who would like to have a conversation about how past conflicts at Living Spirit United have impacted their lives, Rev. Shannon would be happy to meet. If anyone is simply interested in walking through the process of the event with Shannon or one of the members of the Transition Team, we would be happy to do that too.