1 day ago

Common Ground
We worship the Christ who ascended to rule and reign over the universe. He did not ascend to leave, he ascended to be LORD of all. During our Easter series, Gregg shared these words about the ascension. So Church – Why are you standing looking up at the Clouds? Why have you given your heart over to another allegiance? Where will you find a God like this, full of mercy, abounding in steadfast love, pouring out his spirit and mercy upon generations and putting your foot on the path of righteousness for his name sake? Where will you search out a God who walks with you through the valley of the shadow of death because he has come back from the grave? Will you give your life to this KING? Will you bring forth the royal diadem and like Ester bow before the King? Will you like David, dance before the Lord of hosts? Will you like Moses lead a people through the Sea on dry land? Will you like Mary cling to Jesus? Will you like his Mother say to the Angel Gabriel, "May it be to me according to your will? Can you say with Thomas who touched his resurrected wounds, "MY LORD AND MY GOD!" Finally will you say and do everything out of the mouth of Jesus – going on mission from Jerusalem, to Samaria, to Judea, to the Ends of the Earth filled with the Spirit of Power trusting that it is better to lose your life and gain the world than to have all the earthly kingdom and powers and lose your own soul. Can you say with Jesus – "Father into your hands I commit my spirt. If you have me drink this cup, I will." See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

Common Ground
If you are grieving would you come pray with us tonight? If you are angry and outraged would you come pray with us tonight? If you are at emotionally and spiritually empty would you come and hear the prayers tonight? If you fear for your own children, would you come pray? If you fear for your life because of the color of your skin, would you come pray? If you fear for walking into church to raise your hands in worship only to have your hands raised to a gunman shouting, "Don’t shoot!!" Would you come pray with us tonight? If you are so heartbroken would you come sit with us in the silence tonight for we are too! 7-8 pm @The Common Ground Meeting House 1915 Charles StWe will pray evening prayers which are mostly ancient in their content and we will have a time stillness to lament the tragic loss of so many lives this week in our fractured nation. Prayer as an act of resistance in a land of violence and a proactive grounding for Christ honoring change! See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

Common Ground
O God who gathers what has been scattered, Shelter us now in the shadow of your wings. O Christ who binds our wounds, Be our great healer. O Spirit who enters our every grief, Intercede now for this hurting people in this broken land. Be present in the midst of this far-reaching pain, O Lord, for we are reeling again, at news of another school shooting that touches us all; news of flourishing life diminished; of individuals harmed; of pain imposed, not only upon the victims and their families who bear now the immediate brunt of it–but also upon our nation. For we are connected as a people, and this hurt, this grief, touches us all. Engage our imaginations and move our hearts to compassion, O Lord, that we would interact with these casualties, not as news stories or statistics, but as our own children, our own flesh and blood, divine image-bearers, irreplaceable individuals whose losses will leave gaping holes in homes, friendships, workplaces, churches, schools, organizations, and neighborhoods. Be merciful to those now wounded. Be present with those now gutted. You do not run from our brokenness, O God. You move ever toward those in need. Your heart is always included toward those who suffer. Now let your mercies be active through the hands, the words, and the compassionate care of those who willingly enter this sadness to console, and to serve. Be with all who move toward this need; the helpers, the counselors, the first responders, those who offer aid and protection, the pastors and intercessors, those who meet immediate practical needs, those who seek to heal physical wounds, and those who come after to carry on the long, hard work of rebuilding families and hearts and lives in this community. Grant each of them wisdom, courage, vision, sympathy, and strength to serve effectively in their various capacities. Even in the shadow of such evil, let us not lose hope. Give us eyes to see the rapid movements of mercy rushing to fill these newly wounded spaces. Let us see in this the echoes of your won mercy and compassion – a foretaste of your kingdom coming on earth. And move our own hearts also, equipping us to intercede, to act, and to respond however we are able. Move, Holy Spirit, in the midst and in the aftermath of this tragedy, in the wake of our wounding, in the shocking the sorrow. Arrest the hearts of all who would have evil intent with guns and who may be plotting further evil and violence against others, O Christ. Turn them from haters. Turn their hearts to you. You once brooded over the formless chaos of ancient waters and brought forth the order and flourishing of creation. Do so again O Spirit of God. From the chaos of this tragedy call forth new life and order and flourishing. Take even what Satan might have meant for evil, and from it bring forth eternal good. You alone have strength to carry this people. Carry us now, O Lord. You alone have wisdom and power to heal the wounds of a nation. Break our hands of the idols we worship and heal us O Lord. You alone have compassion enough to enter our widespread grief, and turn it to hope. Be merciful O Christ! Amen. The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7 Adapted from Every Moment Holy Vol II Liturgy for a national tragedy See MoreSee Less
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