Prayers and Blessings

Inspired by and written for the neighborhood.


Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer

Help us learn as a community

To walk in your ways of peace and humility

Rather than our own ways of violence and pride

We turn to you in prayer and you point us to

The grace of your Gospel

The Good news of Jesus Christ

Where radical forgiveness is found

In a man arrested, incarcerated, and crucified

Emmanuel – God with Us

Jesus – who died for each of us

Lord let your Amazing Grace transform our community

Let your Kingdom come

Where swords are beaten into plowshares

And guns are melted and molded into garden tools

And tanks are transformed into tractors

Be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path

That we may follow the example of your disciples

As we strive to share everything you provide

In common with the community.

Bless our hands, touch our hearts, move our feet

Walk alongside us this day and every day

As we walk in your grace praying

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done.


Peas and Love Prayer

We bring you these vegetables – grown with love in the soil of the Okra Abbey from the bountiful grace of the Lord our God – our creative Creator

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

May you be nourished by this produce

May you be nurtured by this prayer and

May you be nudged by the Spirit each time you see this prayer to

Pray for your brothers and sisters working and worshipping in the Abbey


Come to the Garden

On Sundays so many go sit in church – but do they visit their own souls?

Come to the garden, come to the garden – till the soil of your soul.

People seeking God read books, listen to podcasts – yet fail to listen to what’s inside themselves.

Come to the garden, come to the garden – let your hands feel the dirt.

And remember that you are the Creator’s creation and God’s beloved.