Preparation: Place a lighted candle, a bowl of ice cubes and a basket containing paper and pencils on a central prayer table.
“Sing a New Song” (or similar hymn)
Maker of sunrises and exploding blossoms, renew our joy in your spur-of-the-moment grace. Let us never tire of watching creation. Keep our pace quick and our hearts open to change. Banish any ruts and roots that could make us lukewarm followers. Amen.
“I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
Write down an idea for sparking renewed passion in prayer or eliminating a routine or rut in your spiritual life (e.g., attend Mass at an ethnic parish; go for a walk with a saint, imagining that he or she is speaking to you; take your godchild to church). Fold the paper and put it in the basket. (Pause)
Come forward to the fire and ice. Put one hand near each and ask God to heal that lukewarm area of your life. Take a paper from the bowl, resolving to do what it describes.
Let us go forth to live the gospel with spirit, with passion and with excitement. May our faith be on fire with God’s love, and may God bless us in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.