OPENING PRAYERS FOR AN INTERFAITH STORY CIRCLE
I bow to the one who signs the cross.
I bow to the OM flowing in the Ganges.
I bow to dervishes whirling in mystical wind.
I bow to the north,
I bow to the God within each heart.
I bow to epiphany,
I bow. I bow. I bow. – Mary Lou Kownacki, O.S.B. (reprinted with permission from the author)
Lord, help us to still our bodies,
The following prayer was inspired by Megan McKenna’s chapter on Words in Israel’s tradition in her book “Keepers of the Story” (Orbis Books, 1997). McKenna says according to the Hasidic tradition, God created man and woman because he was lonely and wanted to tell HIS stories to us. Also, that whenever people gather to tell stories, even God comes to listen. God is enchanted by our stories. In fact, the Rabbis tell us that one of the ways that God keeps holy the Sabbath, the day of rest, is by studying the Torah. Then he prays and looks for stories to listen to and eavesdrops on those who tell! (McKenna, p. 80)
Creator spirit, come be present.
CLOSING PRAYER FOR INTERFAITH CIRCLE
Lord, we are thankful for the stories..
for all those present who have helped us to....