You've probably noticed that shortly after Pentecost, prayers from @Virtual_Abbey started showing up again on Twitter.
As our Abbess noted back in March, at the beginning of Lent, many members of our prayer team were in “advanced burnout mode.” As a prayer team member, I can confirm this was very true!
As we began to emerge from the Easter season, some of us felt moved to begin tweeting prayers again. Oddly, several of us got into prayer-tweeting mode at the same time. (Maybe not so odd, this is the Holy Spirit we are talking about!)
As always, this prompted a discussion behind the scenes. We asked each other lots of questions:
- Do we want to go back to a strict schedule?
- Do we have the physical and psychic energy to do so?
- Is it OK to have an irregular schedule?
- If so, do we need to agree to who tweets when?
- Is it OK for each of us to tweet when the Spirit moves us?
- It’s OK to tweet as the Spirit calls us.
- We will always tweet the proper office for time of day we are called to tweet.
And we discovered that the Spirit is a pretty good scheduler. Only once or twice have two people felt called to tweet on the same night. Even then, the Spirit advised us to look before tweeting. You've probably noticed mostly Morning and Compline prayers, but occasionally there have been Noonday or Vesper tweets.
Once again we invite you to join us in prayer. And if you feel so moved, we welcome your participation in the life of @Virtual_Abbey. If you would like to lead prayers, or participate in another way, contact us by:
May we always:
Sing when the Spirit says Sing, and Pray when the Spirit says Pray! Amen.
Image: Taking Flight, a Pentecost installation of St Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville, North Carolina. Found at Episcopal Church & Visual Arts.