By Neil Paynter
Fifty new prayers from old and young and from folks all over the world – from Glasgow to Cincinnati, from Malawi to Alaska – that would be utilized in a regular self-discipline, many at the issues of the Iona neighborhood – poverty and fiscal justice, welcome and hospitality, interfaith discussion, church renewal, peacemaking.
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I think of the work of this community of wonderful, committed people (and others) – all of them in their own particular, passionate, dogged way helping to build Christ’s Kingdom; work sustained by a daily discipline of prayer. 50 New Prayers offers prayers that might be used in a daily discipline, many on the concerns of the Iona Community – poverty and economic justice, interfaith dialogue, welcome and hospitality, church renewal, peacemaking … They are new prayers, in that they haven’t appeared in Wild Goose books before and are not published in books elsewhere that I know of, and there are some newer ‘voices’.
CONTENTS INTRODUCTION Neil Paynter A SIMPLE PRAYER Martin Johnstone ‘YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE POOR WITH YOU’ John Harvey ‘BLESSED ARE YOU POOR’ John Harvey BY NAME Elaine Downie IN YOUR NAME Tricia McConalogue SIFTING AND SORTING Pat Bennett O ETERNAL CHANCELLOR OF LOVE Wild Goose Resource Group FROM YOUR UNENDING BOUNTY June Walker LUKE 4 Robert Jordan GOD OF ALL LIFE Ewan Aitken IN GODS ACCOUNT Yvonne Morland PRAYER OF THE PARTNER’S BELOVED Sharon Francis HOLD US IN YOUR MERCY Yvonne Morland GOD OF SURPRISES Annabel Shilson-Thomas LORD OF THE MORNING Katy Owen LORD OF THE WALL Rosemary Power BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS Elisabeth Christa Miescher A BLESSING FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE BOOK Reinhild Traitler OVER MANY NEW JERUSALEMS Yvonne Morland ON OUR FIRST ALLEGIANCE Brian Woodcock GOD OF PEACE Annabel Shilson-Thomas PRAYER FOR RECHARGING THE MOBILE Chris Polhill YOU Reinhild Traitler DENALI, THE GREAT ONE Israel Nelson LET US LEARN Brian Woodcock WHERE THERE SEEMS NO END Prayer from Iona Abbey A PRAYER FROM THE PILSDON COMMUNITY Donald Reeves IN EVERY SACRED SPACE Thom Shuman PRAYER FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY Brian Woodcock FROM THE GRASSROOTS Ian M.
Let us be the passion of the subdued. Let us be the shoulder for the struggling. Let us be the light for the lost. Let us be your challenge for change, true to your call for justice to flow like a river and hope to spill over like a waterfall in word and sign and symbol and song in our lives. Amen Ewan Aitken, Scotland WINTER PRAYER Lord of the lights that fire the winter sky, Creator of the ice that bridges rivers; who brings spring when birds return to nest; Spirit of summer torrents, lover of mountain corries, let us lay our nests by your altars.
50 New Prayers. From the Iona Community by Neil Paynter