We will begin this year of celebration at our January Prayer Night with an evening of sacred story telling and the blessing those people and events that have shaped who we are today. We will hear stories from our founding years, how we became a L'Arche community, the building and opening of Neahkahnie, and more. Thank you to all of you who have played a role in these stories and to everyone who will carry us forward.
During this year of celebration and imaging a new future together, we invite you to pray with us for what has been and for all that will be. <See prayer below>
A Prayer for our Past, Present & Future
God of our hearts, and spirit of life,
We offer you our prayers of thanksgiving
for 30 years of L’Arche in Portland.
We pray for every person who called us into being
with their hopes and cries for community.
We pray for every person and group
whose support lifted our dream into reality.
We pray for every person whom we have
welcomed to share life in community over the years.
We pray for every person around the world
who has broken bread at a L’Arche table
and prayed together in candlelight.
We pray for every person with an intellectual disability.
Know that we value you and celebrate your gifts.
We pray for every person who currently lives
in the daily life of our community.
Trust in each other and remain open to the
transformational gifts of authentic relationships.
We pray for every person who walks with us today
and supports L’Arche with your friendship and gifts.
Know that we need you now more than ever.
We pray for every person who will carry us into the future.
Let us boldly follow our dreams and have the courage to
create a world where all people know that they are loved.
In your name, we pray. Amen