Thursday, February 28, 2008

We Still Pray Together

Almost three years ago I graduated from "Sewanee" - The University of the South School of Theology at Sewanee, Tennessee, with thirty other people eager to be priests. In our three years at Sewanee, not only did we go to classes together every day, we spent a lot of time praying together. Every day at 8:10 a.m. we would gather in the Chapel of the Apostles for Morning Prayer. At noon there was a service of Holy Communion, and at 5:00 p.m. we met for Evening Prayer. Of course not everyone was there for every service, but if we had to be absent we knew that the prayers were being offered by those present.

Our group liked praying together so much that we formed a "Yahoo Group" to stay in touch. This lovely prayer appears on our computer screens every day:

Lord God, through holy scripture you have taught us that some plant and some water, but that only you grant increase and growth. Cultivate and nourish, we pray, all church planters, especially Linda McCloud and Frank Logue, that knowledge of your love, healing, and saving grace may grow without limit throughout the world. We pray your blessing especially upon the the Bishop, priests, deacons, and lay persons of the Diocese of Georgia that your will may be done through them for the Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek. In the Holy Name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

We still pray together. It's the Episcopal way.

The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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