Pentecost -- Ordinary Time

Litany of the Four Directions
Prayer for American Indian Ministry Sunday

L    Creator, God, as relatives of the community
    we are brought together to celebrate our lives in your love.
C    Let us remember all of our relatives,
    past and present, winged and four legged.
    Four drumbeats:

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L    As we face the East, it is the time of beginnings.  
    With the rising of the sun, the birth of a child,
    the start of the week we begin anew.  
    With the spring time comes the blossoming of the plants
    and the birth of the animals, as we celebrate the emerging patterns of life.  
    We hear the drum beat, the heart beat of Mother Earth.
C    We give thanks for our birth, this time of exploration and creation.
    Four drumbeats:

        *    *    *    *

L    As we face the South, we celebrate and acknowledge our emotion.  
    We recognize the strengths and struggles of our youth.  
    Help us share our laughter, love and joy as we walk through the day
    in our world of diversity.  
    In this time of growing, we hear the drum beat.
C    We give thanks for the gifts of tenderness, kindness and understanding
    for these draws us closer to each other and our creator.
    Four drumbeats:

        *    *    *    *

L    As we face the West, we celebrate spirit.  
    This is the time of reflection and of stillness for our ultimate growth.  
    Bringing together the patterns of life and our emotions with the spirit,
    we are led to a greater faith.  
    As we reap the harvest, we hear the drum beat.
C    As the sun moves along its path in the sky
    we bring closure to those who have walked on.  
    We remember and reflect on the experiences of the day.  
    We give thanks for this time of reflection and of remembrance.
    Four drumbeats:

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L    In facing the North, we celebrate the life of our elders.  
    For the gifts of insight and wisdom that
    God has revealed to them out of their past
    which are so vital to us in our present.  
    In the evening, as we gather at home to listen to the stories,
    we hear the drum beat.
C    As we listen and share, we build respect for each other.
    We give thanks for the strengths of community.
    Four drumbeats:

        *    *    *    *

L    As we continue the circles of Life, we are united in the love of the creator, God.      
    As we look downward to Mother Earth we are reminded
    of the unlimited gift of her care.  
    As we look upward to Father Sky, we are reminded
    of the unlimited gift of his grace.
C    We listen for the drum beat and are reminded
    that as we move through our lives we impact all around us.  
    We are reminded of our responsibility to nurture those around us,
    as we are nurtured through creation.  
    We give our thanks to our God who provides the gifts given to us
    from the four directions, Mother Earth and Father Sky.
    Four drumbeats:

        *    *    *    *

Litany of the Four Directions was adapted by the Rev. Marlene White Rabbit-Helgemo, Pastor of the All Nations Indian Church of Minneapolis, MN, from a traditional American Indian form of prayer.  
Copyright 2007 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.

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