Tom Brackett, Program Officer for Church Planting and Redevelopment at the Episcopal Church national office, wrote this prayer for St. James's, based on Genesis 32:24-31, the story of Jacob wrestling the angel and getting his new name, "Israel," "God perseveres."
O Breath of God,
You moved on the face of the waters and created order out of chaos . . .
Calm our hearts that we may hear you!
You who spoke light into darkness and pushed the shadows aside . . .
Drive out our fears and make your face to shine upon us!
You who wrestled with Jacob and marked him as your Israel . . .
Dance with us in our clumsiness and teach us your ways!
We are only what you make of us – so we give ourselves to you.
We have only what you've given us – so we give it all back to you.
We become only what you dream for us – as we learn . . .
and over again,
to say "Yes!"
to You . . . the One
who wrestles and dances
and creates and comforts
and dreams with us –
with this world –
with all that ever has been and ever will be,
(written for The Reverend Holly Lyman Antolini and the Vestry of St. James's Episcopal Church, Cambridge during this season of discernment on October 6th, 2008)