Lakeside Church

A Prayer for Renewing and Rebuilding

Spirit of God,
Breathe your creative breath over me.
Renew my soul and rebuild our community,
As we embark on the spiritual practices
of stillness, silence, prayer, and action.

Ignite a passion within us individually
and as a community of faith
to be a people and place of Presence,
Becoming, Restoration, Oasis, and Wide Embrace.

Clear away the hard clods of custom & routine, of habits & lethargy, of assumptions, prejudices, and blind spots.
Stir in the rich compost of vision and challenge, of risk and trust; of courage and disruption.

Bury deep in my soul your vision for renewal,
Your creativity for rebuilding —
your thoughts, tears, desires.
Cultivate, water and tend my heart,
Until, from the silence of the soil,
New life emerges.