[RivCompanions] Rivendell Formation

David Alig aliglaw at gmail.com
Tue Jul 30 14:49:12 UTC 2013

Thank you so much for your typically gracious and welcoming guidance and
friendship Noel. And thank you for the beauty and depth of this prayer of
the people. Lisa Inman and I were searching for an appropriate M&M Collect
for last night's evening prayer together - and I wish I had seen this in
time for our gathering. But, actually, I am going to work it in as a
frequent part of daily prayer.

On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 1:30 PM, Noel Schwartz <nschwrtz at aol.com> wrote:

> Dear Rivendell Formation Postulants and Novices,
> I am so much enjoying getting to know you one at a time.  Seven down and
> two to go!  I hope to get in touch with Paulette and Ladelle this week.
> Please email and let me know what times work best for you for a call.
> Virginia is on her way to Texas, and I wish I were able to be there, too,
> for this first Texas formation gathering.  Am anxious to hear all about it
> after you meet.  I am attaching a contact information list for Texas as I
> am finding that you do not all have this information.  Hope it is helpful.
> If there are changes, please let me know.
> A schedule for study and meeting will be developed after your August 3rd
> meeting. This will begin in September with a different companion leading a
> portion of the Study Guide each month as well as individual companions
> identified for each person in formation to journey with you this year.
> This promises to be a rich and holy experience for all of us.
> Many blessings,
> Noel
> Blessed Martha and Mary Feast Day!
> These were the prayers of the people at St. George's here in Asheville
> last Sunday when the Gospel reading was Jesus' discussion with Martha.
> Today seemed a good day to share them with you.  I have always truly
> identified with Martha and a yearning to be more like Mary......a work in
> progress for me.
> Prayers of the People
> Like Martha, we have much to do; like Mary we listen to hear God's voice.
> In the complexity of our daily lives, let us raise our voice in prayer to
> God, saying: *Have compassion on our weakness and lead us into strength.*
> Help us O God, for we are distracted by many tasks. Grant us wise
> discernment between what is essential to the wholeness of our lives, and
> what is not. Have compassion on our weakness and lead us into strength.
> Grant us generosity of spirit to welcome the stranger with hospitality and
> care; for in serving others, O God, we serve you; to God we pray: *Have
> compassion on our weakness and lead us into strength.*
> Grant us grace in our darker moments, when we are estranged and hostile in
> mind, to be reconciled by the healing power of the Holy Spirit, that we may
> at the last be presented to you, holy and steadfast in faith; to God we
> pray: *Have compassion on our weakness and lead us into strength.*
> We thank you for all who labor like Martha, especially those who work on
> our behalf and in the care of others. We pray for everyone whose work is
> dangerous or burdensome. Protect them from injury and guard them from
> adversity. We offer special thanks for those who labor in our lives,
> ...........................*Have compassion on our weakness and lead us
> into strength*.
> We thank you for all who strive like Mary, and awaken our spirits to
> listen for your voice in daily life. May the quiet people in our lives not
> be overlooked, or mistaken as weaklings or bad-mannered. We offer special
> thanks for those who labor quietly,.............................to God we
> pray: *Have compassion on our weakness and lead us into strength.*
> In the cries of the suffering, we hear God's call to compassion. We raise
> our prayers for those who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness or any
> other adversity, remembering............................to God we pray: *Have
> compassion on our weakness and lead us into strength.*
> Loving God, you welcome all who die into your presence and you seat them
> at the table of your heavenly banquest. We lift up the memory of those we
> love but see not longer, remembering especially..........................to
> God we pray: *Have compassion on our weakness and lead us into strength.*
> Direct us. O Lord, in all our doing with your most gracious favor and
> further us with your continual help, that in all our works, begun,
> continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your Holy Name, and finally by
> your mercy obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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