From the publisher…
How often have you searched in vain for just the right prayer or ritual for a small group or parish gathering? How many times have you spent an hour looking for a brief reflection for your faith-sharing group or pastoral team? Search not further.... Joyce Rupp has just what you are looking for.
Out of the Ordinary contains over 125 thoughtful compositions drawn from the author's treasure-trove of never before published work. Joyce Rupp, whose books have proved to be thoughtful and prayerful companions to their many readers, offers here prayer resources for a wide variety of needs and times. (See topic content list in right column.)
Including resources for both groups and individuals, these prayers, rituals, guided visualizations, reflections and poems can be used to open or close meetings, or as the centerpiece of a prayer session or day of recollection. And when used in the context of worship or small group prayer, they can be duplicated without cost or written permission!
A companion recording, Out of the Ordinary: Chants, is also available and contains prayerful, Taize-like chants composed by Joyce Rupp to enhance the many prayers and services in the book. The CD and cassette provide a vocal rendering of 16 of the chants found in the book's appendix.
out of the ordinary
prayers, poems, and reflections for every season
Thoughts from the Author…
In my early years of ministry as a spiritual director and retreat leader, it seemed like I was always searching for an appropriate prayer or ritual to use with individuals or groups.... Eventually I started writing my own.... During those years I also developed a pattern of sending reflections on various liturgical and seasonal celebrations to my family and friends when I corresponded with them.... Writing and sending the poems and reflections was a great way for me to enter more deeply into each of those occasions because I began listening inside and outside myself long before the day arrived. This practice helped me enter into the heart of those celebrations in a much more focused and meaningful way.
...Each selection does come out of the ordinary ... the commonness of life, for it is there that I experience who I am and how God is with me.
...These prayers are probably not the ordinary ones we would normally use. By offering them, I hope to re-energize our relationship with the divine, to keep it vibrant and alive.... My goal is to revitalize the spiritual blood pulsing through the veins of faith ... to breathe new life into our relationship with the Holy One....
All of these resources contained in Out of the Ordinary are grounded on my firm belief in the indwelling presence of God.... It is in the relationship of the Holy One's "nearness" that I find consolation, inspiration, challenge, and a desire for sturdier commitment. It is this quality of immanence that has helped me to develop greater intimacy with the divine.
A Prayer to Be Free From Tizzies*
you who did not invent tizzies,
be with me when I get caught
in the wild worrying of my mind,
and the needless scurrying around
in my fearful heart.
Trip me up when I fret and stew
so I can see the trap of tizzies,
with their schemes to keep me
bunched up in stress and strain.
Let me fall headfirst into the truth
of your never-ending presence,
wrap your kind arms around me
and calm my doubts and fears.
Shout loudly in my spiritual ear
when my nerves get knotted,
my mind feels cramped,
and my stomach screams.
It may be difficult,
but do try to get my full attention,
because tizzies are not healthy,
and they definitely chase peace
out the front door of my heart.
Dear God, you did not invent tizzies,
and only I can send them on their way,
and I will,
if you strengthen me
to let go of my anxious hold
on what is nonessential.
*A tizzy is a "state of frenzied excitement or distraction, especially over some trivial matter" (Webster's New Unabridged Dictionary).
|Taken from Out of the Ordinary, Copyright 2000 by Joyce Rupp. Used by permission of Ave Maria Press. All rights reserved.
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