Calling All People

This Norman Rockwell painting reminds me of a portrait of humanity and what we are called to do. Then, I watched one ant carry a bread crumb to a community of ants. I wonder what inspired this creature to share with others. I understand we are so much higher than the creatures we crush daily. But, lately I’m concerned about why some of us do not feel connected with those who are hungry, thirsty, desperate and whose lives are threatened. We are called to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Let us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm

God you call us, your children to be righteous, kind and loving. Yet, some of us behave like you don’t exist or your Word doesn’t matter. God, help us to do better and be better people. There is an urgent need in our country and world to protect and support the most vulnerable among us, our children. Please God, please help us to help the migrant children who showed up at our borders. Open the hearts of leaders whose platform places these children’s lives in danger. The emotional damage will strangle these young lives unless something is done to protect them. God help us to be more loving. Move across our country like a tsunami of hope, justice, mercy and compassion. May we see your Light in dark places of our lives and cling to all that is good. We pray in our Savior’s name. Amen

A Prayer for TA1

A Prayer For Together as One

Gracious God,

Draw near to those who are burdened and oppressed, promising that you hear their cries and you see their troubles.

Draw near to those who are divided and undecided, promising you hear their confusion and you see their frustration.

Draw near to your Church that we may together unite as One courageous people, promising to be the beloved community and Children of God.

This we pray in the name of the Triune God.

Amen.

Pastor Cleo

http://www.Parkandprayat111.com

I AM NOT CRAZY!

Some days when I’m super busy and alone I might express my thoughts out loud. Yes, I’m alone and I’m talking out loud. Does that mean I’m crazy? Am I crazy if I repeat out loud this excerpt of the MESSAGE version of Isaiah 43:1-4?

I’m not crazy! I’m not talking out loud to myself. I believe our ever present God never leaves us. So we are never alone even if we feel isolated. We are not talking solely to ourselves. God is here.

Sometimes, after parking and praying at 1:11 pm I look around me. I may see the numbers 111 on a vehicle, house, placard, or image. Many of you and I happen to be together at 1:11 pm. It’s been an awesome gift to Pray with you at 1:11 pm. I feel it’s an affirmation of God’s presence. God is truly present and God hears our prayers.

Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11pm

Almighty and Everlasting God, I’m crazy about you. God, I thank you for your presence in our lives. Gracious God, you are the gift that keeps giving and loving us. Help us to find you in the congested and noisy places in our world that often demand our attention. Help us to recognize you in the places and spaces in our daily walk with you. Merciful God, give us eyes to see your works, ears to hear your voice, and a heart to feel your presence. Bless us with a mind to discern your will, hands, feet and passion to do your work. Lord, anoint us with faith and power to withstand the powers of darkness. Be a Light unto our path so we may walk in your righteous ways.
In your Holy Name we pray. Amen

God’s Presence, Power & Purpose

It’s amazing what we miss when we fail to simply park and pray at 1:11pm.

There are signs of God’s Divine presence, power and purpose all around us. God’s creation is filled with signs that we can see, feel, touch and hear. God speaks to us in many ways. God wants to be in our lives.

Sometimes I barely say a spoken word when I pray. When I park and pray at 1:11pm outdoors, I listen to the sounds around me. I am reminded of this great hymn “How Great Thou Art!” It becomes a chant in response to burdens I’m carrying. “How Great Thou Art!”

In the midst of your inner challenges try chanting “How Great Thou Art!” Look around you and imagine the branches of the trees clapping. Listen to the birds sing and the sounds of squirrels running across the grass. Feel each mighty breeze brush against your back as if you grow wings. There’s a power that stirs within us as and offers a blessed assurance that God knows our joys and our tribulations.

For many years, I searched for God’s presence and I wanted to strengthen my relation with God. This is what I discovered. First, believe God is present. Second, believe God can and will fulfill your needs. Third, believe in the power of prayer and then, Pray. My life changed as I became aware of God’s presence.

Let us pray.

Almighty God you make your presence known day and night. You are the Light that pierced through dark clouds, trees and landscapes. You meet us at the crossroads of our lives. You call us to “Be still and know that I Am God.” You remind us to call on You and ask for “Amazing Grace.”

Thank you Lord. Thank you for being patient with us. Thank you for picking us up when we fall down. Thank you for holding our hands and at times carrying us when our burdens weigh us down.

Have mercy O God! Lord forgive us. God, renew, strengthen, guide and bless us. Bless our neighbors near and far. Shine your light on us and in us. Give us your everlasting peace.

God teach us to pray.

Amen (Let It Be).

Where’s the Glory?

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. ROM 8:18 KJV

Is our suffering worthy of or equal to the glory which will be revealed in us?

It seems as though when we are tied up with our burdens, worries, and pains, a stuffiness and a stiffness sets within us that prevents us from achieving revelation of glory.

When we focus entirely on our suffering we strengthen our appetite for worry.

Focusing on our suffering clouds our way going forward.

When we worry we feed our suffering. Moving from worry to glory requires us to release our burdens to God.

Glory is revealed when space is opened within our heart and mind to receive it.

Let Us Park and Pray

Holy One, God of all righteousness and glory. Release in us your glory. Move in us the glory of your presence. Live in us Oh God. Reveal your glory now and evermore.

Help us oh God to recognize and receive your grace and mercy. Merciful God, release our burdens and help us overcome our suffering. Fulfill our desire for peace in the valley, in the storms and on the mountain tops of our lives. May the glory of the Lord rise upon us. Praying in our Savior’s name. Amen

Come With Me

http://bible.com/111/mrk.6.31,33.niv

It’s 1:11 pm. Time to stop. Park and Pray. Rest in God’s presence.

Dear Lord,

Thank You for inviting me to rest in your presence. Thank you for calling me to a quiet place with you. Thank you for guiding me to a quiet place.

For in your presence I find peace. Lord, in your presence I find silence. In your presence I find rest for my weary body, mind and soul.

Lord, save a place for me.

Help me to hear your call in the midst of so many voices and places. My Lord, you patiently wait for me as I learn to stop, to park in the midst of your presence. I sit at your feet and release my burdens. You hear my prayers. Lord give me ears to hear you and strength to walk with you. Help me to be in your presence daily.

Oh Lord, I cherish my time with you. I come to glorify your name. I come to rest in your presence. I come to receive your peace. I eat your Bread of life. I rest with you. I am restored. I go in peace.

I pray in Your Holy Name. Amen.

To Serve or To Be Served

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Where are you? Why are you here? What are you serving? Who do you serve? How? What are you willing to give as ransom? Will you give your time, talents, treasures or what else? Do nothing. Simply be present. Can you be a non anxious presence?

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God, this Holy Week many are tempted to do a lot to prepare for the Easter celebration with family and friends. We might search for the perfect hat, the most beautiful suit and wear the most attractive hairstyle. In the midst of our prepation we might trip over the alabaster bottle and waste it’s precious oils. We may forget to sit at your table, eat, drink and recall the Last Supper. We might step on broken nails and trip on splinters from a worn out cross. We will miss whatever you have in store for us. Almighty God help us to open our eyes, ears, hearts and hands to receive you and what you prepare to serve us daily. Thank you for your life gift, a ransom for us. Please accept our meager offering of faith and stillness. In your name. Amen.

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Lord we need your peace. We are thirsty for your peace. Yet, in the midst of our tribulations we are double minded. We try our ways only to fall back down the slippery slope. It pulls us apart from you. Lord, God draw us close to you and never let us go. Bathe us in your peace. Fill our cups, O Savior Divine. Stay near, feed us and drink with us. We shall drink your peace with gladness. We give thanks for your everlasting Peace. In Your Holy Name we Pray. Amen.

Biologist affirms Park and Pray at 1:11 pm

Again, Dr. Matsumoto affirms the power of prayer and praying. Lloyd encourages others to “parkand pray at 1:11” with us.

Park and pray at 1:11 PM

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“Everyday prayer is a cleansing and healing spiritual experience”  Dr. Lloyd Matsumoto
http://www.ric.edu/biology/Pages/newsMatsumoto.aspx 

Several months ago, Dr. Lloyd Matsumoto, a renowned RI College Professor of Biology, sent the following Blog for Park and Pray affirming it as an everyday prayer that “is a cleansing and healing spiritual practice.”  He retired, June 2017 after 34 years of service. Dr. Matsumoto is a remarkable liver transplant recipient, whose method of transplant contributed to the advancement of science. Matsumoto joined a clinical trial at Massachusetts General Hospital, and he became one of three patients to participate in an experimental method of organ transport.  Lloyd and his wife Terry are members of Beneficent Congregational Church United Church of Christ. IMG_1361Dr. Lloyd Matsumoto appreciates the power of prayer through his own personal experiences and relationship with God. His high risk surgeries and significant medical and surgical challenges didn’t change his commitment to pray daily. Lloyd believes God’s grace and…

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