Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sharing a new thing

Dear Friends:

I recently visited Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Central Florida where Christopher Brathwaite is the Rector.   One thing that was done differently is that the psalm was used with a hymn which worked very well for the congregation.

As an example: Psalm 130:  Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!  Then the first stanza of Just as I am was sung and so the hymn was interspersed throughout the end of the psalm.   

Welcome New Visions Group!

Dear Friends:

Welcome! Here is the New Visions Prayer developed by St. Simon of Cyrene in Cincinnati.

Heavenly Father, as we become the Beloved Community, we believe that we are disciples of Christ, taught by your word and obedient to your will. We thank you for the opportunity for renewal in our community of faith. We ask that we shall be filled with the Holy spirit to guide and lead us through our journey of spiritual wholeness and wisdom. Give us the vision of what united prayer and faith can do. empower us with the fruit of the Spirit of love, joy, patience, kindmess, goodness and self control. Give us insight to listen to one another as we embrace the common good. Revitalize and strengthen us with your power to become faithful disciples for the success of the New Visions Project. Help us to be faithful to the task of praying and working together for the well being of ourselves and our community. All this we ask in the name of Jesus.

Written by Joyce Mobley and Pearl Jordan, New Visions Prayer Team.