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Weekly Words for the Journey

The Fruits of the Spirit

Surprising One, coming in ways I least expect,
open me to your dynamic presence.
Awaken me, Surprising One!

Perceptive Guide, always available to direct my ways,
advise me in self-discipline and decision-making.
Awaken me, Perceptive Guide!

Freedom Bringer, asking for my willingness to surrender,
help me to let go, to let in, to let be.
Awaken me, Freedom Bringer!

Source of Power, providing stamina and strength for my soul,
support me when I am weak and vulnerable.
Awaken me, Source of Power!

Arousing One, stirring up what is dead or stale,
urge my stagnant sleeping gifts into life.
Awaken me, Arousing One!

Divine Transformer, encouraging continued growth,
grant me both patience and acceptance.
Awaken me, Divine Transformer!

Peacemaker, offering forgiveness and understanding,
encourage me to communicate with love.
Awaken me, Peacemaker!

Bearer of Love, never-ending font of charity and compassion,
may I share my goodness generously.
Awaken me, Bearer of Love!

(Written by Joyce Rupp)

Gathered now in person and in spirit as our church continues to greet this season of Pentecost, let us all be surprised, guided and freed. Let us be strengthened, awakened and transformed. Let us make peace and let us bear love in all that we do and say, together and apart.

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us…Pastor Claudine