Lent -- Service Prayers
Community Prayer for
Second Sunday of
Seminary and Church
and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the
example you have in us. –Philippians
was a nun . . . and through her, it seems, the Lord chose to give me the
beginnings of light, as I shall now relate.
As I began to enjoy this nun’s good and holy conversation, I was
gladdened by the eloquent way in which she spoke of God, for she was a very
sensible and saintly woman. I think that
there was never an occasion when I did not delight to listen to her. She began by telling me how she had come to
be a nun, merely through reading the words of the Gospel: “Many are called but
few chosen” (Matt 22:14).
spoke to me of the reward which the Lord gives to those who forsake everything
for Him. Her good company began to
dispel the habits which bad company had formed in me,
bring back to my mind the desire for eternal things . . .
–St. Teresa of
Ávila, The Life of Saint Teresa of Ávila
were just sitting there talking [about creating a house of hospitality]and
all go and live on a farm.” It was as
casual as all that, I often think. It
just came about. It just happened…. We cannot love God unless we love each
other. We know [God] in the breaking of
bread, and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone
anymore. Heaven is a banquet and life is
a banquet, too, even with a crust, when there is companionship. We have all known the long loneliness, and we
have learned that the only solution is love, and that love comes with
all happened while we sat there talking, and it is still going on.
Day, Selected Writings
For all the vocations to which you
have called us, we rejoice.
We especially give thanks for those
who have discerned calls to ministry
within your church.
Above all, we thank you for all
those who have been their companions
on the way toward figuring out their
For those who have
listened to them, prayed
an example for them, pointed out the truth to them,
and cajoled them,
accept our thanks and praise!
Remind us always to be on the
for emerging gifts of others in our
who may be called to service in your
Help us encourage, challenge and support
for they will not get there by
Grant them the wisdom always to seek
to develop the habits that would
draw them closer to you,
and so help us to stand firm in the
as you have called us to do. Amen.
Community Prayer for Church Vocations was written by the Reverend Barbara Blodgett, Minister for Vocation and
2010 Local Church Ministries, Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry
Team, United Church
of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this
material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved.