invocation after a tragedy

In the face of terrible tragedy

We are in anguish.

We feel helpless, drowning

in tears we can’t extinguish.

Let our sorrow power our resolve

to work at bettering our world,

to protect the victims involved,

as our banner of care is unfurled.

Let determination and our skills

Ensure injustice is defeated,

and that peace is fulfilled,

so such tragedy is never repeated.

 

 

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Invocation for peace

We have been shattered into pieces

divisive patter has demeaned us

Let’s commit to redeem peace around us.

In this room

In this city,

Let our faith bloom in the gritty places

Among all creeds and races.

Let our Rotary service

shine to all who observe us.

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For free use within Rotary.  Please give acknowledge Shawn Bird of Shuswap Rotary as the author when you present the invocation.  Please also leave a message for her in the comments so others know where and when this invocation has been used.

(First published on ShawnBird.com November 9, 2016)

invocation for DG visit

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”

Today we’re thankful for the district leaders of Rotary.  We’re thankful they’re willing to give their time and their talent, willing to risk, and willing to inspire each of us to become the best we can be.

We’re thankful for their sacrifices and their ingenuity.  We’re thankful for their experience and wisdom.

We’re thankful that Rotary brings together opportunities to improve our community and our world.

We’re thankful that we’re together today to share a meal, ready to learn and be inspired for another year service.

Thankful for Bill Jenkins, DG

of Rotary District 5060!

Invocation for Dads

Invocation For Dads June 16, 2012

Our fathers are our first role models of what it is to be a man.

If we are blessed to have a good one driving our household mini van,

He shows us how a romantic partner should behave;

He demonstrates just how our children should be raised.

He shows us this without a word, by what he does each day,

So we’ll reflect his teaching as we go on about our way.

If we weren’t blessed to have our  father  there to show us what to do,

Let us be thankful there are men, who’ll gather us in, too.

In thanks for each man, standing by his family,

Who cares, provides,  corrects and loves, from those of us who see.

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© Shawn L. Bird 2012  Free use within Rotary, though please indicate when and where you have used the invocation by leaving a comment below.  Thanks!

Invocation: Spring

While we wait

and wait

and wait

impatiently for the weather to turn,

let us think spring thoughts.

Let us think about our President-Elect preparing to take the reins of our club.

Let us think about our club goals and the role each of us plays to make the world

a better place through our involvement in Rotary.

Let us think about opportunities to serve in new ways.

Let us be thankful for the food and the friends around this table.

Let us be thankful that spring will come

eventually.

 

(c) Shawn Bird.  Free use within Rotary, but please credit the author and leave a note to say where and when you used it.

 

 

 

 

 

Calm

In times of fear and panic,

Let us be a force of calm.

Let those who are trembling,

find us safe to lean upon.

May we be the voice of reason.

May we comfort the oppressed.

May we show our compassion

to those who’re most distressed.

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Free for use in Rotary Clubs.  Please credit Shawn Bird of Shuswap Rotary (5060 BC Canada) when you use it, and leave a note in the comments below so folks know where it’s been used.  Thanks.

February Peace Invocation

February 2016 is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month in Rotary.

We believe

conflict is inevitable

but so is peace.

We believe

Rotarians are able

to provide relief.

We believe

there can be resolution

as each of us makes

our own contribution

we can help conflict

cease.

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(2016) Shawn Bird.

For free use within Rotary, but please credit me, and leave a note so we know where the invocation was used.