I need you

I need Your sense of time. Always I have an underlying anxiety about things. Sometimes I am in a hurry to
achieve my ends and am completely without patience. It is hard for me to realize that some growth is
slow, that not all processes are swift. I cannot discriminate between what takes time to develop and what
can be rushed because my sense of time is dulled. O to understand the meaning of perspective that I may
do all things with a profound sense of leisure of time.

I need Your sense of order. The confusion of the details of living is sometimes overwhelming. The little
things keep getting in my way, providing ready-made excuses for failure to do and be what I know I ought
to do and be. Much time is spent on things that are not very important while significant things are put in
an insignificant place in my scheme of order. I must unscramble my affairs so that my life will become
order. O God, I need Your sense of order.

I need Your sense of the future. Teach me to know that life is ever on the side of the future. Keep alive in
me the future look, the high hope. Let me not be frozen either by the past or the present. Grant me, O
Patient One, Your sense of the future without which all life would sicken and die.

“I Need You”
Howard Thurman

A Benediction

O God,
Sustain us in the complexity of our humanity as you sustained David–
Playing the harp of youth,
Throwing stones at giant problems,
Loving our friends beyond wisdom,
Dancing worship,
Mourning children,
Breaking our hearts in psalms,
And longing for warmth in our old bones. Amen.

-From Revised Common Lectionary

A prayer of Confession

God of fire,
You are a force beyond human understanding, with the power to sear through the veins of creation with
passion and vigor, or to extinguish life in consuming flame. Your presence is dangerous for there is no
predicting where you might burn, and yet comforting for the light and warmth offer an invitation to draw

Redeeming God,
Out of the flames of your creation, your voice calls, marking us as your own. Yet there are times when we
choose to ignore your voice, and listen instead to our own needs and desires and those that challenge our
faith from within the world.

Forgive us for those times;
when we have ignored the needs of others;
when we have failed to place our feet upon your path;
when we allow the earthly voice to distract us from your call.

Time of Silence

Loving Lord,
In your forgiveness you offer again your invitation to know your love, to be loved, and to respond to your
call. In hearing your voice may we find our place within your creation.


– Rev. MaryAnn R. Rennie