Friday, September 14, 2018
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Source of our comfort,
The One who desires our return,
We strive to feel Your presence among us here today.
Are You a watchful companion wherever we may find ourselves?
Are You with us when we face hard choices?
Are You standing by us when we make our voices heard
Based on our most deeply-held beliefs?
Will You forgive us if we forget You even for a moment,
If we are unable to make time to take a look around
At Your beautiful creation?
Will You help us to recognize that You are embedded
In the diversity that exists all around us?
Will we hear You in every baby’s cry?
Will we see You in the faces of family members,
neighbors, community members, strangers, and in friend and foe alike?
Will You remind us that our successes are based upon talents
That You have been bestowed upon us
Which we have nurtured
And will You then direct us to use those abilities to generate
Generosity and goodness in the human community?
Will You help us to turn our failings into lessons from which we will learn
So that we will grow stronger from those trying moments in our lives?
For those who are among us today, on this Sabbath of Sabbaths,
seeking atonement or At-one-ment with You and with one another,
And for those who are not among us,
We pray that the words we recite in our worship today
Will encompass our entire congregation
So that all that we say and do
Will reflect Your dearest hope
For our constant return
To the path You have laid out
for our lives
And for our souls
This year and every year.