Lord, God, some of us know you by only one name. And, we treasure that name and we treasure that relationship. We can only see you as being that name. Lord God, you are known by so many names. You are such fullness. You are over all, above all, in all and through all. And you cannot be defined by one name only; just as each of us have our own names and just as they are written in your hands. Every morning when you get up Lord, you see us written in your hands.
Help us, Lord, to know you in all the ways that you are God: as Christ, as shepherd, as king, as prophet, as priest, as Father, as Mother, as Lover, as Friend. Free us from judging others who name you in other ways than we know. Allow us, Lord, the same mercy that you have given us. Allow us to extend that mercy to those around us. In our own homes, Lord, in our extended families. In our meetings, churches, neighborhoods or cities. In our nation and in those nations around the world. Help us to rely Lord on the way you see the world and to trust you in it.
Thank you, Lord, for the diversity of Friends United Meeting. We would not want it to mirror itself over and over again, because the image would become distorted. We love the way you have created us in such unique ways.
Now, Lord, it is our work to do. To recognize you in a prophetic way. To hear your voice speaking and to do what you have called us to do, which is, first of all, to love. And then to love, and then to love again. So that anything that comes from the work of Friends United Meeting might be said to come from the love of God.
So, we ask for your blessings on these who have brought your message to this Triennial and have yet to speak, that we would have sheep’s ears so that we might hear the Shepherd’s voice. That we might remember we are in your kingdom and we might recognize the voice of the King and the Queen.
Help us, Lord. Put us in that place where we need to be in order to be truly available to who you are individually for each one of us.
And then, allow us to give thanks. Again, and again, and again. That you are speaking in such beautiful and unique ways through so many different people. Draw us together as one in the Spirit’s tether.
Thank you for your servant, your lover, your friend, our dear Richard. We ask for your blessings over his life and for Carolyn. We thank you for our dear Colin. We know that his coming was an answer to prayer. We ask for your blessing to fall over Colin and Janine. We ask you for blessing to fall in full ways over each one of the yearly meetings, associations and persons that
are a part of who we are as Friends United Meeting and who we are as yet to be. Amen.
Ruthie Tippin is the pastor of Indianapolis First Friends in Western Yearly Meeting.