A Prayer for the Church National Gatherings (just had or having)

This is a prayer for the church government people

NOTE: not for the people who try to make the government into the CHURCH (that is a imprecation that I will save for another day)

This is a prayer for the church government people

A prayer for those who work or even spend their precious vacation time in often windowless rooms, or staring at screens to discern the Holy Spirit–

Truly God, when human beings agree with one another, it is a miracle,

Alleluia.

And when we disagree,

When definitions, get called into question,

when the same white man stands up yet again, to say that he feels left out

Lord, have mercy on the church, and all those who patiently listen

And bless all the tech gurus, the behind the scenes organizers, the administrators who make it happen.

God bless those in the church who are wonky, and those who will never be, but have taken the time to be a part of this process.

And God bless all those who have always been outnumbered, or at least outshouted in the spaces: the People of Color, the LGBTQIA siblings, the young, the otherwise disenfranchised.

Jesus I know you hear them the most, and that always, always, the more we can listen to the marginalized, the better the church is,

because the church was never meant to be a hegemony (or perhaps even rules by Rogers Rule of Order)

God bless those who stand their ground;

who don’t get muddled by mis-founded accusations,

the ignored, forgotten, or glossed over

after hours of sweat, work, and love have been put into this church government thing.

May there be naps, chocolate and hugs in their future.

God bless the church, which is not the governances,

but needs government, because we are only human and know no other way.

Bless our gatherings,

keep us safe.

Help us to listen better, each and every time,

Expand our inclusion and compassion,

flip the tables that need to be flip,

scatter the money across the floor if we need to;

and remind us to love one another as we go we pray.

Amen.

Feel free to use/adapt/share with credit to Pastor Katy Stenta

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