A few of us gather several times during the week and go into some of the roughest, most neglected parts of downtown Danville, bringing lunches and friendship to the folks who live there. We call it our “roving feast.”
The roving feast brings us into the lives of people who must deal daily with violence, poverty, addiction, abuse, homelessness, injustice, loneliness and despair. We don’t just give them something to eat. We listen to their stories. We look for ways to help them. We try to affirm their worth. We just try to show genuine love, without judgment.
Lately, we have begun a practice of joining together for Midday Prayers before heading out on the roving feast. Many of us at Grace and Main have adopted the discipline of praying the daily offices from Common Prayer—A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals. We like knowing that as we pray we are being joined by thousands of our brothers and sisters around the world who, like us, are seeking God’s face daily.
Our Midday Prayers bring together the Prayer of St. Francis, the Lord’s Prayer, the beatitudes, a prayer for the fruit of the Spirit and the ancient Anima Christi. These prayers seem fitting as we prepare to begin our roving feasts. They encourage and bless us. They remind us of the reason we rove. They center us on God as we ask for his blessings.
God is at work in downtown Danville, in beautiful redemptive ways. We hope you will consider joining us for dinner on Thursday evenings and for worship on Sunday evenings. All are welcome.
We also hope you will consider joining us in prayer. The daily prayers are online at commonprayer.net and can be prayed alone or in a group.
The following are the Midday Prayers. We encourage you to consider making these prayers a regular practice.
Draw us into your love, Christ Jesus: and deliver us from fear.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Silence for meditation
Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our brothers and sisters throughout the world, who live and die in poverty and pain. Give them today, through our hands, their daily bread and through our understanding love, give peace and joy. Amen
Blessed are the poor,
for theirs is the Kingdom of God.
Blessed are the hungry,
for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall be shown mercy.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they are the children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness and justice,
for great is their reward.
Come, Holy Spirit. We pray that your fruit would be in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me;
body of Christ, save me;
blood of Christ, inebriate me;
water from the side of Christ, wash me;
passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me;
within your wounds hide me;
suffer me not to be separated from you;
from the malicious enemy, defend me;
in the hour of my death, call me,
and bid me come to you
that with your saints I may praise you
forever and ever. Amen.
Through our lives and by our prayers: may your kingdom come!
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
This inspirational word was brought to you by Bill Guerrant of Grace & Main Fellowship. www.practicingresurrection.wordpress.com