Weekly Prayer – week 2

We will gather again this week for prayer on Zoom at 9pm eastern/ 6pm pacific. If you’ve already registered, you can join directly at this link: Evening Prayer. If you would like to register for the upcoming service, you can register here: Registration. 

At our first service, we had about a dozen people from places throughout the U.S. You can view the text from that service (and from future services) here. 

Though we regret that we won’t be gathering this year, we are glad that we can stay connected in this small way. If you can’t join us but have a prayer concern you’d like us to be aware of, you can email info@ekklesiaproject.org or leave a comment anonymously on this Google form. If you are interested in helping to plan or lead upcoming evening prayer services, you can contact us at the address above.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. – Philippians 4:6

Weekly Prayer

Beginning on Thursday 6/11 we will be offering weekly prayer on Zoom for those who can join us. This will begin at 9 PM EDT and we will offer recordings of the prayers when they become available. A link to the text of the prayer service will be added to this page when we have finalized it.

On 6/11 we will be together particularly to lament over our losses and suffering– from sickness, from economic shutdown, from entrenched systems of racial injustice and specific harm to bodies and relationships that steal beloved members of our family from us.

All prayer, at its heart, is about our embracing for ourselves what God is giving to us, our share in God’s life. When we pray, we aim to see and desire and speak at one in the Trinity, receiving and giving back in love. Lament is a kind of prayer. In lament, we bring our grief and anger to God, crying out for God to act. Jesus does this himself, so we stand with him and with our forebears in the faith, crying out for the coming of God’s kingdom.

Please register for this time together: EP Evening Prayer. Though the registration link shows all the dates planned, we understand that you may not be attending every week. 

More links

We continue to gather links to helpful articles, poems, videos, podcasts and anything else you suggest for things that have helped encourage and sustain you as we continue through the struggles that result from this pandemic. Please share your links and suggestions here: Suggestion Form.

The Corrymeela community was one of the previously suggested links. Here is one of the recent prayers they shared: 

God of tumult, God of peace: more will change in the weeks and months to come. Further landscapes of our normal will be shaken to the ground. Gradual movements will accelerate, market trends will shift, and they will sweep away much of what we know. And so we pray for what we need: the reassurance of your strength in the midst of our community; and the life that returns in fuller resurrection after what we love is laid to rest.

Amen.

Other links:

Reading Barth Together, webinar series with Hauerwas and Willimon (begins Tuesday May 5) 

In Your Light We See Light (recording of a Zoom concert and conversation with Sandra McCracken and Dr. Ellen Davis)

Finnegas by Paul Kingsnorth (Emergence Magazine)

Devotions from Ragan Sutterfield

Short Prayers in a Time of Virus by Victoria Emily Jones (Art and Theology)

Uncommontary by Marty Duren. Podcast including discussions on technology relevant to our 2021 Gathering, with one of our plenary speakers, Dr. John Dyer. 

A Prayer for Working from Home by Will Sorrell (Christianity Today)

Essential Work by Todd Edmondson (EP blogos)

The New Normal by Kyle Matthews (worship video, sermon begins at 38:23)

Suggested links

If you have suggestions for articles, poems or songs that have been important to you during this time of pandemic, you can enter them here: Google form.  While we do try to be aware of any misinformation that is being shared, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the form if you feel any of our links might be inappropriate. We have not read or viewed everything suggested. 

Here are some of the links suggested by EP Endorsers and friends, in no particular order. 

Written: Entering the Joy of the Resurrection in a Time of Pandemic, In the days of the coronavirus, Prayers for Community in a Time of Pandemic, Thinking about Good Friday during a pandemic, How to handle epidemics as a Christian, The Reality of Covid-19 is Hitting Teens Especially Hard, Why live streaming is not the full answer for churches during COVID-19, Politics of a Plague, Cellphone data shows coronavirus kept churchgoers at home in every state on Easter, In Everything (including coronavirus) Turn Towards JesusChurches Should Think Twice Before Webcasting Their Worship Services, Improvising in a PandemicLeaving EarlyThe coronavirus pandemic feels like an unending Holy Saturday, Christianity Offers No Answers About the Coronavirus. It’s Not Supposed ToGeorge Steiner on Holy SaturdayThe Shift Americans Must Make to Fight the CoronavirusAllowing Worship to Continue to be a Sacred Space in the Zoom WorldSacraments, Technology, and Streaming Worship in a PandemicBauerschmidt, Homily Worship in a Violent WorldBeing Present to God and Each Other During Zoom Group GatheringsWe Are All Monks Now

Podcasts: Analog Church with Jay Kim, On Being, A Poem in Gratitude for Health Care Workers, On Being, Wendell Berry and Ellen Davis.

Videos : The House We Sheltered In, Journey Into SilenceThe Pittsburgh BlessingChristian Ethics Amid Covid-19

Other: Pray as you Go App

Poems, articles, videos.

One of the ways we will be staying connected until we can gather again is to share things that resonate with us during this time of uncertainty. We’ve begun sharing articles, stories and poems on the web page and through Facebook and Twitter. We continue to share our weekly lectionary reflections. We’d also like to ask for you to suggest links that you’ve seen that were helpful.

If you go to this link: Google drive form you will see a place to enter up to 5 links at a time. Did you see a worship service or sermon that you think others at EP will find encouraging? Please take a second to enter it on the page. If you have more than 5, just submit and you can add more. We’ll be sharing those links on the web page with the Signs of the Times tag, as well as through Facebook and Twitter, and once or twice a month through the newsletter.

If you want to receive an email when new items have been added to the Ekklesia Project page, you can subscribe through this link: Ekklesia Feedburner Email.
If you want to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you can do that here: EP Facebook, EP Twitter. As always, if you have questions or comments, you can email us at info@ekklesiaproject.org.

We also have a youtube channel where you can see videos that we’ve liked and categorized. Youtube.

Here’s one recent video we liked: