A Native American Gathering Prayer

by Christine Sine

I have just returned from our MSA staff retreat – a good couple of days to renew our focus and refresh our vision.  For gathering each morning I used the following prayer which was given to me the previous Saturday by Elsie Dennis who conducted a workshop on Native American spirituality at a conference Tom & I participated in.  Elsie is from the Sinixt tribe and works with the Diocese of Olympia.  It is a beautiful prayer to use for a Pentecost gathering.

Creator, we give you thanks for all you are and all you bring to us for our visit within your creation.  In Jesus, you place the Gospel in the centre of this sacred circle through which all of creation is related.

You show us the way to live a generous and compassionate life.  Give us your strength to live together with respect and commitment as we grow in your spirit, for you are God, now and forever, Amen.

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