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Artist Wanted for Missio Dei Book of Prayer

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : July 31, 2006

Missio Dei is currently writing its Book of Prayer. We are looking for an artist to give some time to provide some illustration and illumination for this book of prayer. We can’t pay much…but we’ll pay something and also give the artist a handsome bound version of the prayer book.

What is the Missio Dei Book of Prayer like? Well, when it’s finished, it will include 4 weeks of morning and evening prayers, with optional mid-day prayers, as well as our stations of the West Bank (which are 12 places we pray at regularly on the West Bank of Minneapolis). Our prayer book is being written by our community because our ecclesiology is based upon the idea that the local community develops its own stories and–in a sense–its own theology. We want our Book of Prayer to tie us together with the larger Christian Tradition yet reflect our own convictions, which include:

  • A Jesus-centered read of Scripture.
  • A commitment to peace.
  • The conviction that Jesus still leads his Church through his Spirit.
  • A commitment to urban, diverse, ministry.
  • A special concern for the marginalized.
  • A missional emphasis.

We will share our prayer book, and its art with any community that would like to use it for their own community. Though the Missio Dei prayer book is written for our own neighborhood and its emphases, anyone could change the wording as needed. Here’s an example of a prayer from the book, which is half done:

Opening Prayer

LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall. Isaiah 25:1-4

Reading

Matthew 5:3

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Isaiah 61.1-3

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and release to the prisoners;
to proclaim the year of the LORD?s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to provide for those who mourn in Zion-
to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.

Pray for the filling of God’s Spirit. Listen for the Spirit’s leading. Trust in the Spirit’s empowering.

Simeon?s Song
Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
A light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

Closing Prayer

God of Creation, Redemption, and Reconciliation. Your Spirit brings justice. Look upon us and judge what we have done with our stewardship. You see the brokenness and poverty around us and around the world. Help us to see the brokenness and poverty around us without fear, but with compassion. Call us to action. Help us to be people of Justice. Amen.

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2 Responses to “Artist Wanted for Missio Dei Book of Prayer”

  1. Jeff on August 1st, 2006 4:25 pm

    I’m so jealous! We had a small book of prayers from Loungedivine. I just used clip art and photos from the community. Remind me to show you when you’re here.

  2. Alex Levitas on October 30th, 2007 7:55 am

    Alex Levitas,
    freelance book illustrator
    Geshur, 12942, Israel
    972-46764047

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