Prayer in the Pines

Prayer in the Pines

Let’s talk about prayer and camp. Every night at Camp Chickagami, after a day spent running and swimming and singing and playing, campers and staff wind down with Compline, a contemplative nighttime service out of the Book of Common Prayer. After singing and swaying along to a few calming songs like “Sanctuary” or “Jen’s Song”, they pray my favorite prayer in the entire prayer book, “Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.” Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace. Before heading off to brush teeth and climb into sleeping bags, someone starts a popcorn prayer, asking everyone to…
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