Windows Into The Light

ART: Window Twelve — Easter, The Day of Resurrection, by Michael Sullivan

April 16, 2017

From: Windows Into the Light O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer) God, you promise new birth in the midst of life and you offer light wherever I find my darkness.  As you rise forth from the ashes, bring me with you along the pathway to a new hope and show me how to see my journey as an invitation to fullness in all that I encounter. Amen. Matthew 28:1-10 (Mary [...]

ART: Window Eleven — Holy Saturday, by Michael Sullivan

April 15, 2017

From: Windows Into the Light O God, Creator of Heaven and Earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer) God, I don’t like to wait on you.  Too often, I prefer my own ways to yours and either stay stuck in darkness or afraid to consider new life because I can’t fathom turning things over to you.  Help me to let go and let you lead and guide, and through my own cross, may I too find my empty tomb.  Amen. Matthew 27:55-66 (Sealing the tomb) Many women were [...]

ART: Window Ten — Good Friday, by Michael Sullivan

April 14, 2017

From: Windows Into the Light Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer) Today, God, I go with you as we carry the cross.  Help me to let you take my life as we walk the journey toward Golgotha, and trusting in you, let me plumb the depths of your light and love in my life. Amen. John 19:1-37 (The crucifixion) Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.  And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe.  They kept coming [...]

ART: Window Nine — Maundy Thursday, by Michael Sullivan

April 13, 2017

From: Windows Into the Light Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer) Christ, you gently reach down and cleanse us, as a mother washes a child’s hands coated with dirt from the playground.  But many times, we turn and run away, seeking not your face nor your love in those around us.  Help us to see our place with all your children, and knowing your grace, to gather together in feast and [...]

ART: Window Eight — Palm Sunday, by Michael Sullivan

April 9, 2017

From: Windows Into the Light Almighty and ever-living God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer) We travel through life unaware of the twists and turns that will come our way.  Places of celebration and parade become places of difficulty in a moment, and plans for the future are sometimes shattered quickly.  But you are always with us, God, providing [...]

ART: Window Seven — Fifth Sunday In Lent, by Michael Sullivan

April 2, 2017

From: Windows Into the Light Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer) At times, I feel lost and abandoned, not really knowing where to turn or how to seek you.  When the darkness of life seems too great to bear, enfold me in your arms and let me feel your love surround me, that where you are, there I will be also. Amen. John 12:20-23 (Those who lose [...]

ART: Window Six — Fourth Sunday In Lent, by Michael Sullivan

March 26, 2017

From: Windows Into the Light Gracious Father, whose blessed Son, Jesus Christ, came down from Heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer) You are always welcoming me back to the feast, God, no matter how far I stray, no matter what I do, or what I say.  Let me see that you have always loved me and that you are always welcoming me home with a feast of new life. Amen. John 6:4-15 (The feeding of the five thousand) Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near.  When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, [...]

ART: Window Five — Third Sunday In Lent, by Michael Sullivan

March 19, 2017

From: Windows Into the Light Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer) God, my soul both awaits and celebrates your presence.  At times I drive you away, replacing your love for me with objects of my own desire.  On other days, I welcome you  with wild abandon, preparing a feast for all to enjoy.  Help me to find the places between, the places where I can be [...]

ART: Window Four — Second Sunday In Lent, by Michael Sullivan

March 12, 2017

From: Windows Into the Light O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ, your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer) God of refuge and comfort: you are always graciously present with me, even in moments of despair and loneliness; show me the presence of your life in all that I say and do, that through times of trouble and challenge, I might find my cross in your hands, and my life in your life. Amen. Mark 8:31-38 (The Son of Man is to suffer; take up your cross and [...]

ART: Window Three — First Sunday In Lent, by Michael Sullivan

March 5, 2017

From: Windows Into the Light Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer) Loving God, you formed us from the dust of the Earth and filled us with your life-giving spirit: let us find beauty in our creation, and trusting in your never-failing love, help us to see all our days as opportunities for the freedom you give; through Jesus the Christ, who stooped so low as to know dust himself, and who with the Holy [...]

ART: Window Two — Ash Wednesday, by Michael Sullivan

March 1, 2017

From: Windows Into the Light Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer) God who rises from the ashes, go with me into my places of grief and doubt; fill me with love and respect for the life I have been given; and teach me to hear my life speak of your light no matter the darkness that I feel; through Jesus the Christ, who always liberates and [...]

ART: Window One — The Spiritual Exercises, Art as the Soul’s Expression, by Michael Sullivan

February 27, 2017

From: Windows Into the Light The spiritual exercises that follow each narrative provide an opportunity to open the windows toward God’s light.  These exercises use various artistic methods to surprise the soul with new awareness and hope.  They create bridges between what you read and your own life, a way to jump from the light in another person’s life into your own.  These exercises are easy to follow and require no artistic experience or expertise.  You don’t need expensive supplies or a studio.  All you need is an open heart and mind – a willingness to engage God’s journey with you as your discover your life. Art opens our experience to newness in our prayers.  Most of us use far too much of our left [...]