Following our celebration of Trinity Sunday, we move into not just summer in New England, but the Sundays of the Church Year known as "ordinary time." Ordinary, or "ordered" in that the Sundays are not part of some high season, and so they basically just get numbered all through (with a couple exceptions) until we get back to Advent!
For example, this Sunday is "the second Sunday after Pentecost". So ordinary!
But, if you've spent a few minutes noticing about how life is, I would guess that many important, even life changing events have happened in your own "ordinary" times.
Our Emmaus story (hint, it's at the top of this page and every Sunday bulletin) is about just such a time.; two disciples walking on the road, talking about life and God, when Jesus sidles alongside them, and soon the day becomes extra ordinary.
Some part of this is from Jesus, and some part is from the disciples asking Jesus to share with them, asking him to stay with them, asking him to eat with them.
Beginning this Sunday, our Prayers of the People are some that I composed while praying with this Emmaus story. They are, hopefully, prayers for ordinary times when we are nonetheless living alongside an extra ordinary God.
There are many forms of Prayers of the People provided for us in the Prayer Book, and I find them lovely. But we are also invited by the Prayer Book to craft our own. All in the hope of doing that part that is ours to do; inviting Jesus to walk with us, stay with us, eat with us. I write today with an invitation to join me in the crafting.
If you are praying the prayers this Sunday, or the Sunday after, and the Spirit expands them or adapts them within your heart, would you be bold to share with me? Together, we can update the prayers for the coming week. And so on, again and again as we go.
The Prayers of the People are intrinsically alive. I'm curious to experiment with them becoming more so, or differently alive, this summer.
If you'd care for an imaginative reference, you can always find the Book of Common Prayer forms online at bcponline.org (go to "Holy Eucharist" then "Prayers of the People"). Or just scribble on your bulletin and show me over lemonade in the Garden!
And may these prayers, and all our prayers, rise up "like incense" as the psalmist says, to our loving and listening God.