Pour your Spirit upon us, O Lord,

We are your sons and daughters.

Animate us with your gifts

To serve your people.

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Joshua, Nun’s son and Moses’ assistant since his youth, responded, “My master Moses, stop them!”

Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? If only all the Lord’s people were prophets with the Lord placing his spirit on them!”

Numbers 11:28-29

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Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, indeed! Moses’s prayer prefigures the miracle of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit does indeed fall upon people of every race and nation, men and women, young and old. On that day, God bound us together as one people and sent us out to invite more people to join the team. On that day, God declared that we truly are all in this together.

And so we are called to live like it! Not all the same way, but all working toward the same goal: to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. When we all work together to care for one another, when we recognize that our choices affect one another, then we will hasten the coming of God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

Jordan Haynie Ware

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O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer (1979)

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Breathe upon us, breath of God,

young and old alike.

Send us forth, gifted with your power,

To serve your people.

Jordan Haynie Ware

The Ven. Jordan Haynie Ware (she/her) lives on Treaty 6 Territory in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where she serves as Archdeacon for Social Justice & Community Connection, as well as Rector of Good Shepherd Anglican Church. Jordan is the author of The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to (the Episcopal) Church and co-creator of the Two Feminists podcast series. She enjoys reading, baking, and runs with her retired racing greyhound, Hobbes.

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