Betrayal (Matthew 26:17-30)

Betrayal can take many forms.

Our bodies betray us as we age.
Things we used to do easily become difficult.
Help us, Father, to accept these changes and to adapt.

Our friends betray us by ignoring our times of pain.
We expect them to know what we need and become angry when they fail us.
Help us, Father, to openly reach out to others and tell them what we need.

Our careers betray us when jobs are lost.
One day we head off to work. The next day, we search the want ads
wondering where we went wrong.
Help us, Father, to recognize our self-worth.

Jesus, you knew the pain of betrayal.
We know the pain of betrayal
and we recognize that we are, sometimes, the betrayer.
And we know that sometimes we betray you, Lord,
just as sometimes we betray ourselves.

Betrayal can take many forms.
And yet your forgiveness is constant.
Your love is constant.
Be with those among us who need your strength and love.

Jesus, you knew the pain of betrayal and yet you stayed with your disciples.
You taught them the words we use today,
“Our Father..”

What We Share (Mark 6:1-13)

Lord, we recognize that the person we see in the mirror
may not match the vision we have of ourselves
and does not match the vision our friends and families have of us.
The world around us focuses on the image, the perception,
but you taught us what we do and how we act is more important
than our words.

Call us to be the people you want us to be.
Send us out to be your face to the world.
Use our hands to do your work in this world;
use our hearts to share your love in this world;
use our voices to call for your justice in this world;
and, use our faith to help us discern your plans for this world.
We are your disciples in today’s world.
Send us out to be your face to this world.

Lord, we recognize that the person we see in the mirror
may not match the vision we have of ourselves
and does not match the vision our friends and families have of us.
As we look around this sacred place that we return to each week,
do we truly see the people who sit beside us?
Do we know the gifts and talents that you have given to them?
Are we helping each other to nurture and grow those gifts and talents?
Or are we shutting them down and failing to believe in them?
Help us to support and grow one another.

Call us to be the people you want us to be.
Let us start here, within this community,
but help us to move out into the world that surrounds us.
Help us to support one another, and to grow each other into your disciples.
Remind us to have patience with one another.
Remind us that none of us have all the answers and that we learn from one another.
Remind us that we are a community and we need to support each other.
While we focus on those within our midst who need our attention,
we know that you are always with us.
We ask that you be with ___, granting them your healing grace and providing them with your strength.

Lord, we recognize that the person we see in the mirror
may not match the vision we have of ourselves
and does not match the vision our friends and families have of us.
Many of the people that you have called did not feel up to the challenge that you set before them.
Help us to meet the challenges you set before each of us.
Remind us that we are your children, built in your image,
each of us loved and uniquely cherished, and given the gifts needed to meet the plans
you have set before us.

Call us to be the people you want us to be.
We give ourselves to you and offer ourselves to you.
Send us out in the world with only your teachings.
As your disciples, we know and use the words that your Son taught us,
“Our Father….”