Prayer for the Week of July 12, 2020 Hear our prayer, O Lord, our God. For we come to You only in the name and by the merits of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus the Christ. It is by his gift that we have the promise of access to You, Author and Ruler of all things visible and invisible. You bid us to come that we might become wise, that we might do meaningful and creative work, that we might be renewed in hope.
You are the source of all that is true, good, and beautiful. Therefore, teach us Your ways that we might live, learn, work, and love in ways that enact Your desires in this place. We ask that You show us our own parts to play in moving the world from darkness to light in the name of Jesus.
We humbly seek Your forgiveness for our many sins of thought, word, and deed. We have not sought Your wisdom before planning and acting; we have not considered Your love for the stranger and the alien and the outcast and embraced that love as our own when we meet those people in our daily paths. Have mercy upon us, we pray; then teach us more fully who Jesus is, that we might become like him in all of our encounters. Fill us again with the Holy Spirit, whose guidance and strength can take us to places we did not think we could go, that we might do in Jesus’ name what we never thought we could do. Forgive us for making plans that include him only as an afterthought, if at all. How foolish we are. Make us wise unto salvation.
Hear the cries of the hungry and the homeless, both at home and abroad; move the ears and the hearts of Your people to answer. Answer the calls for justice of those who are oppressed; move our desires toward fairness in every situation we face. Expose the deceptions of people in power, both in business and in the halls of government; incline us continually toward the truth. Break the grip of addictions, the scourge of drugs and alcohol by which so many people are tempted to escape their pain, their loneliness, and their lack of purpose; cast forth anew through our words and our lives a vision of life lived in all its fullness through the Jesus, who gives it abundantly. Restore our vision, even as we pray with Your church around the world,
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Prayer for the Week of July 5, 2020 God of Creation, we come before You both as creatures ourselves, made in Your Image and likeness, and as observers of what You have made. How beautifully You have fashioned from nothing a universe that becomes more awe inspiring with each new discovery! We praise You.
God of the nations, known by all, but acknowledged by few, You have placed in our hands the continuing mastery of things seen and unseen. Justice and truth, mercy and judgment stand above us, ever calling us to follow after as people who need one another to reach our potential. We bow before You.God of all persons, made to seek after You and present You to one another, You came to us by the marvelous incarnation, perfectly exemplified life as intended, suffered for us the cost of our refusal to live as You designed, and redeemed us for Your glory. We humbly and gratefully learn of You in Jesus.
As we pause to celebrate the birth of this nation, we thank You for its freedom and for its promise. We have been blessed, and we are grateful. But all is not well with us. We ask You to heal our land. It has become full of pride in its own strength. It has not lived to its own stated belief in the equality of all people. It has placed wealth over fairness, safety over sacrifice, silence over truth, and self above neighbor. Those who claim You as Savior and hope have not extended Your love to all persons, too often holding for themselves the riches of Your grace.Forgive our sins, O Lord; they are many. We confess them before You. And as we look to You for mercy, whisper in our ear and stamp upon our heart Your promise to forgive and Your call to do likewise to those who offend us in thought, word, and deed. Remind us that judgment is Yours and justice, mercy, and humility are ours to walk in.
Guide us to those in need of Your love and kindness. Speak words of hope and worth to the ones living under the weight of all manner of injustice. Assure us that Your promise is true, that we might declare good news in a world of uncertainty. Hear us as we pray together as Your children, citizens of Your kingdom, saying . . .
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us, not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Prayer for the Week of June 28, 2020 You, O God, are alone to be worshiped. You, our Maker and Sustainer, the One in whom all things hold together, are to be honored and praised by the whole world. We pause this day to bring our humble thanks and our sense of wonder; yet we also bring our pain and our sense of loss, our confusions and our fears.
We know You to be Lord of all, calling nations into being and giving them the right and the mandate to rule in justice. When they follow Your ways You bless them; when they become arrogant and full of pride You bring them down. At this time we are mindful of our own nation, celebrating its birth, and affirming its best aspirations to be a place that honors the rights and dignity of all people, for You have endowed them all with Your own image. May we, especially those of us who recognize You as the only true King, be always aware of that image in everyone we meet. May we select leaders who understand that governments are not the source of human rights, but are called upon to recognize and guard the rights only You have intended from the beginning.
Forgive us, Lord, for for our failures to see the people we meet, all of them, as worthy of our respect. We have given ourselves to thinking less of some people than others simply because of their place of birth, their racial heritage, or even their particular sins, some of which we dislike more than others. Forgive us, we humbly pray, for unkind and destructive words, for evil thoughts, and sinful actions. Have mercy upon us, we pray, not for our deserving, but for the sake of Your Name. Cleanse us from all unrighteousness; remove our sins far from us through the mercies of Christ, who gave himself for us and for our salvation. Remind us then, that his life and death is not only for our sins, but for the sins of the whole world.
Many people are hurting this day, O God; You hear their cries. Open our ears. Many people are hungry this day; You see their pain. Open our eyes. May people are hopeless this day; You feel their despair. Open our hearts. Only then will our righteousness shine like the sun, our justice declare Your praise, and the world will become the place we want it to be.Give us hunger for Your Word and thirst for Your truth, longing for Your righteousness and zeal for Your justice. Lift up the fallen, give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and love for each and every soul You encounter through us, the body of Jesus here on earth. Hear Your children as they pray until all is fulfilled,
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Prayer for the Week of June 21, 2020 God, our Father, we need You. We need to from whence we came, to Whom we belong, and in whose image and likeness we are made.Christ, our Savior, we need You. We need the grace You have provided to redeem us from the destructive ways we have chosen.Holy Spirit, we need You. We need Your presence to instruct, to correct, to guide, and to love.Holy God, Eternally three in one and one in three, teach us Your way. Then instruct us and equip us to walk in it, committed thereto in order to reject the many false ways of life that confront us and confront the world, to our own great loss. We grieve at the tragedies that overtake Your children with alarming frequency. Fires and floods, winds and waves; murder and mayhem, apathy and assault; viruses and disease, greed and oppression--so much that leads us to wonder if You are there or if You care. Yet You displayed Your love in taking this frail and failing flesh, subject to all of these things upon Yourself in order to come among us and beside us. You did this in Jesus and then in all of us by that Holy Spirit, that we might be redeemed and then become the means of Your presence in the midst of a troubled world. Forgive our many sins, we pray, for the sake of that savior, and for the sake of the world You long to renew. Where our ears have been closed to the cries of others; where our eyes have turned away from the hurting ones; where our desires have been separated from our true destiny, Father, hear from heaven as we confess our wrongful ways. Have mercy upon us, we pray. Where we have been unwilling to speak of hope in Christ, please have mercy upon us as we confess our pride and self-sufficiency. Lord, have mercy, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Where we have looked upon anyone with prejudged conclusions, seeing anyone without considering the image of God stamped upon them, remind us how far our heart remains from Yours. Send light into the darkness, we pray. Send Your children to the despairing, the hurting, the hopeless. Strengthen those who face true persecution for Your Name’s sake, and open the eyes of those before whom they bear witness. Bring peace to the lands and the homes torn by violence. Dwell in us and through us for the redemption of the world and for the displaying of Your kingdom, for so Your church continues to pray until the day of Your coming by saying, Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Prayer for the Week of June 14, 2020. Today, Our Father, we come before You to bring our praise, our thanks, ourselves before the One who alone is worthy of all we have to offer. We also come with our confusion, our fears, and our guilt, to the One who alone can dispel them with wisdom, light, and lovingkindness that we do not not possess on our own. We praise You for the beauty of the earth, the glories of the skies beyond, and for the fearful and wonderful way in which You have made us. We thank You for the minds that reflect upon the world You have made, for the hands that fashion the things we see into tools, and homes, and so much more. We present ourselves that You might teach us true wisdom, due humility, and righteous ways. You, our Father, are the One we are to imitate in this world, even as Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man showed the world how life is to be lived in obedience to You, in service to all the people he encountered, including the least and the lost of society. We confess that we follow his example only a part of the time, and then incompletely. We have not followed You with our whole heart, as Jesus did; we have taken for ourselves other patterns, other loves, and ways. Lord, please hear from heaven as we confess our sins, seeking Your forgiveness. Grant us the assurance of faith to receive the words of Jesus, “Your sins are forgiven.” We also ask for Your strength through the Holy Spirit to resist the temptations that so easily move us from away from You. Forgive us, we humbly pray, for the foolishness of our ways, and our insistence upon walking in them. In Your mercy, redeem our desires, that we might learn to love what You love and turn our energy toward that which builds up, that which encourages, that which extends Your truth into the dark corners of our thoughts. We pray for a nation that has lost its way. We grieve over the loss of life by the hand of men who care not for You or for the people made in Your image and likeness. We are weakened by the loss of safety, being subject at any moment to the desires of those who seek only to kill and destroy, or to steal and plunder that which the work of our hands has provided. Even in the midst of loss, lead us to comfort those who mourn, to guide those who have lost their way, to pray with and for those who suffer from afflictions of mind and body. May Your Spirit take us to those who need You most, and then do His work through our minds and bodies, given gladly to You. We ask for ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts to ponder the cries, the suffering, and injustice so prevalent in this land--and in our own thoughts. Hear Your children in this place and around the world as they pray, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Prayer for Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020.
Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Perfect unity, Blessed Trinity. We worship You this day, finding ourselves in need of direction, of sound judgment, and of grace. That unity of being seems so far removed from our experience with one another in this world, particularly in recent days.
We cry out, “Save us, O God!” without pausing to remember that You have already done all that is needed for our salvation, for our unity. You sent both a cure for our selfishness and an example for our love, a release from our bondage to sinful ways, and a pathway to wholeness. You sent Jesus to teach us love, not just in word but in deed. It is not You who will not save; it is we who refuse to embrace Your Word made flesh and Your Spirit to guide our flesh in all our ways.
Forgive us, we humbly pray, for our many sins. For we have not thought as we should; we have not spoken words of hope and kindness; we have not acted in obedience to Your law of love. Grant us the grace of true repentance, that we might judge ourselves rather than our neighbors, our fellowship rather than those who differ from us. Have mercy upon us, we pray.
Place before us the image of Your triune holiness, where perfection of love is to be found. Then remind us that this is the God in whose image we are made, and this is the pattern into which we are joined by Your Spirit through the merits of Christ alone. And so we seek justice, we seek truth, we seek mercy that triumphs over judgment. We seek humility that serves, kindness that heals, and love that binds people in heart and mind. We seek Your kingdom in the midst of chaos, and so we continue to pray,
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Prayer for Pentecost Sunday, May 31 Holy Father, we praise Your Name; Awesome Lord, we bow before You; Living Presence, we give ourselves to You.
On this Day of Pentecost, when long ago the Holy Spirit came to abide in and through the church and those who are part of that very body of Christ, we bow to remember and renew. We remember His coming, made ready by the mighty work of Jesus, the Son, in his life, death, resurrection, and ascension. We renew the commitment of our lives to His purpose, empowered by that Spirit’s indwelling gift. And so we worship, not to make claims upon You or to induce Your favor, for You have given far more than we can ever fully receive. We worship out of gratitude and in deepest humility for the favor already granted, for hope already secured, and the way being prepared daily in which to walk. Thereby may we increasingly taste and see that You are good!
We wonder at times why You would grant us such abundant grace. For we know ourselves, if only will we honestly look inside. When we look at Jesus, the very Word made flesh, we see our failures in our daily lives. His ways have not been our ways; his thoughts have not been our thoughts, and we are ashamed. We look at His sacrifice, and realize that His desires have not been the pattern of our own. And so, Lord, grant that we honestly see and repent of our selfish and foolish ways. Have mercy upon us for the sins of thought, word, and deed that hinder us from the abundant life. Have mercy upon us and forgive us, we pray, for neglecting the good and loving works You have prepared for us to do. Renew a right spirit within us, and take not Your Holy Spirit from us.
For a world steeped in violence and increasing fear, we pray. Perhaps the day is drawing near on which You return in power and glory, to judge the world in righteousness, and bring Your kingdom fully and finally to sight. If so, prepare us for works of endurance and hope; set in our hearts the desire and in our bodies the power to declare the good news through word and deed. Demonstrate in us the ways of that kingdom, where the blind will see, the lame will walk, and the bodies racked with pain and disease will dance to the music of Your Spirit; where justice is not a word but a way of life, where people march by love, not by allegiance to party or clan; where evil is exposed, no matter the banner under which it hides.
Bring down the kingdom of darkness, with its hateful, calloused, and calculating attack on people made in Your image. Bring down the reign of greed that sells the needy for a pair of shoes, and makes the necessities of life too costly for the poor to obtain. Bring down the world of chemical dependence and the ruthless minds that feed upon it. Bring down the selling of lust that enslaves the minds of many, and the very bodies and souls of those abused. In such a time we live, into such a world You send us. Let us not shrink from the task, but rather pray more fervently together,
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Prayer for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 24 Our Father, how wonderful are Your works and Your ways. Our Savior, Jesus the Christ, how righteous and gracious is Your reign. Holy Spirit, how precious is Your presence and how needed is Your power. Holy God, slow to anger and full of mercy, teach us Your will. Open our eyes to what You have done in creation, what You have provided in redemption, and what You design for us to do as Your ambassadors in a broken world. That You would enlist us in the work of restoration is an amazing and exciting call upon us. Thank You, Lord! Made in Your image, redeemed by Your love, sent by Your Spirit we rejoice in You today.
We confess that we have given our strength to other purposes, our thoughts to other plans, and our will to other desires. O Lord, have mercy upon us, and forgive us our short-sighted and selfish ways. We confess that we have spoken in ways that have been harmful and foolish; we have acted in a manner that destroys rather than builds; we have desired the satisfaction of the body at the expense of the spirit. In Your mercy, for the sake of Christ, forgive us our sin, we humbly plead. Give to us the spirit of true repentance, that we might turn from such ways and not return to them again.
We grieve for a lost world, a disjointed culture, and a wayward humanity. We feel powerless before a threat to life and health. We struggle to know how to respond to the rule of men and women when it challenges the rule of our true Lord. We do know that You call us to mourn and weep with those who suffer terrible loss. And we know that You call us to be purveyors of hope to those in despair, and expressions of grace when life grows hard and we feel offended. Strengthen us for the tasks we do have, that we might not be drawn aside by issues that are not ours to bear.
We plead for our Christian brothers and sisters in places where persecution is a fact of life. May their continued witness be blessed and their tormentors be overcome by love. Comfort those who mourn the loss of fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters. May their witness not be in vain; let the ones around them see and know that faith, not violence and hatred, is the victory people truly seek.
Guide our paths in the days in front of us, teaching us daily to desire the kingdom over which Jesus rules. And so we pray, Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us, not into temptation; but deliver us from evil,For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen
Prayer for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 17 Our Lord, our Guide, our Protector, in humility we thank You for calling us into Your presence again this day. We are grateful for life, aware of its beauty and possibilities on one hand, and of its hardships and brevity on the other. We see, we hear, we touch; we sense the design of Your creation, declared to be very good. We also note the places where Your work has been left for us to do. Equip us, we pray, with rightful minds that think and pattern after Your own example. In a world full of bickering and rancor, of accusations and untruth, of positioning and callousness, turn our thoughts to the only One who is the way, the truth, the life. Let us not be caught up in the pettiness and of the day, with its emphasis on all that is wrong with those of other opinions; rather, send us as ministers of reconciliation; for we have been reconciled to You in spite of our initial hostility toward Your will, Your ways, and even Your love. You’ve given us new hearts; continue the work of molding them into copies of Yours, we pray. We ask yet again in shame that You forgive our sins. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, for our wayward thoughts and our thoughtless actions; remove our transgressions from us, not the guilt alone, but the very desire to act contrary to Your will. Renew a right spirit within us. Forgive us, we pray, for misrepresenting You in our lives. The world needs to see and hear a new and better way, yet we have acted too much out of the old nature of self. Hear our repentant hearts and forgive us our debts, we pray. Among us are those who mourn; comfort their hearts and restore their joy in Your time. Among us are those who are sick, some to greater degrees than others, but all in need of Your healing touch; we ask that You provide it. Among us also are those with great concern for loved ones who seem headed toward destruction of body or soul; help them to bring their burdens before You and leave them there. Among us are those who have been greatly disappointed by the turns of life; lift those spirits to see that what is yet ahead is far more to be desired than anything that is lost in this world. Send us then, we pray, to be among the hurting and lost ones in redemptive ways, speaking words Your Spirit provides, and acting with power that we do not possess in ourselves. Remind us to fix our eyes upon the kingdom we anticipate, bringing its ways of peace and brotherhood into the places we now live and serve. Hear Your church around the world as it prays together, Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us, not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Prayer for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Mothers Day), May 10 Gracious and loving are You, O God; holy and righteous are Your ways. You have made Yourself known in countless ways, if only we will look and see, hear and perceive. You even created the human race to bear Your image as witness to each succeeding generation. Male and female, together as one, neither capable of expressing Your likeness without the other, each showing something unique about who You are, and how You love and care for us all. Today people have set aside as a day to honor mothers. Your creative intent for them is both holy and beautiful; and we thank You for each one of them who has given herself to represent Your nurturing love to her children, that they may see and know You are not far away, but are to be found in the simplest, most natural ways of life. Bless each one today. Give them wisdom, gentleness, compassion, and endurance. Today we also pray for those who will become mothers in the future. It is sometimes a bewildering world in which to raise children, a place in which the role is not celebrated or encouraged, where children are not valued as they ought to be, nor taught as they need to be. Give courage to love rightly, discerning the difference between cost and value, between love and license, and between direction and control. Forgive us, we pray, for the ways in which we have devalued Your order for living as men and women. We lust, we long, we seek our own desires instead of that which honors You and one another. In Your mercy, forgive us our sins. We chase after other gods, seek other joys, and chase after other dreams than those You have told us are good. We humbly confess and repent of our unrighteousness. Lord, have mercy upon us. Set before us Your open word of truth, inviting us afresh to hear and perceive, to see and understand, that we may be healed of our wayward desires. Teach us anew to seek first the kingdom of God and Your righteousness, trusting that all things truly needful will be added to us from Your loving hand. We pray for the widows and the orphans, whether made so through war, sickness, or abandonment. Show Your compassionate heart to each of them through godly people who hear Your prophetic word to care for them in Your place. We pray for a peace that political theories cannot provide, that an end to the wars that plague us would come quickly. We pray for our leaders, both in our native land and in the world at large; may they know the judgment that belongs to You alone. And we pray for our spiritual mother, the church of Jesus, the bride of Christ. Give her wisdom and honor, humility and courage, faithfulness and submission to the truth. Hear her even now as she prays in the way You taught us, Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 3 It is You, our God, Who established the heavens and the earth, setting marvels in the sky and mysteries in seas. No matter how far we gaze or how deeply we explore, wonders abound, and our minds are drawn to search and understand what You have made. It is You, our Guide, Who also set forth the way in which we should go, that it may go well with us in our days upon the earth. But rather than exploring these ways and enjoying life according to Your design, we have sought our own path and brought many a sorrow upon ourselves and upon those with whom we share this life. How foolish we have been. How great a toll it has taken on our relationships, our prospects, and our health. We ask for Your forgiveness, our Father, for the sins we have committed in thought, word, and deed, knowing full well that we have not made Your ways to be ours. Lord, have mercy upon us as we confess our transgressions. We have failed to think, speak, and act in times when we might have done so to the benefit of other people, leaving undone those deeds of redemptive witness You called us to bear. In Your mercy, O Lord, please forgive our unrighteousness. Cleanse our minds and spirits that we would see and do the things we ought with such joy that there be no time or thought given to those things we ought not to think, say, or do. Fill us instead with the knowledge and love of Christ, that we might be pleasing in Your sight, pointing a waiting world toward the One who loved us and gave Himself for us. We ask You today to be near to the broken-hearted, present to the alien and stranger, and sustaining for the sick, the injured, and the aged. We ask for encouragement to those weary in well-doing, wondering how much more they can handle. We ask for courage for those who risk self on behalf of others, and for grace to abound in those who are criticized for making hard decisions. And we ask for clear vision, that we might see and judge our own ways rightly, learning thereby to participate in what You are doing to redeem this world. Set our sights on things above that we might see things here and now rightly. Hear us as we pray together with Your church of the ages, Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Prayer for the Third Sunday of Easter, April 26 Our God, our Maker, our Savior--we come this morning because You have displayed before us and before the world Your wisdom and Your love. You, our God, have made all things, visible and invisible, both the material things we see and discover as well as the laws by which they hold together a vast and beautiful cosmos. You, our Lord and King, set the boundaries within which we search and discover, and within which learn we learn the good. You, our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son, redeem us from our foolish insistence on doing things that display our rebellious hearts. Great are You, and glorious are Your works. We offer humble thanks for the work of Christ on our behalf; it is he alone who saves all who live by faith. We celebrate our baptism into his death and into his life, and into the power of Your Holy Spirit, that we might live pleasingly before You and redemptively toward the world around us. Great are You, Lord, and glorious is Your salvation. With repentant hearts we confess our sins before You this day. For speaking foolishly and hurtfully before considering our words, Father, forgive us and take away our sin. For setting our minds too firmly on the things below and too loosely on the things above, where Christ is seated, we plead for Your mercy; Father, forgive us and renew our minds by Your Spirit. For our willful failure to seek the lost and heal the broken, we sorrowfully remember the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf, when we ourselves were helpless. Have mercy upon us, we humbly pray; restore our sight. We pray for a world divided. Rich and poor, neighbor and foreigner, black and white, male and female, republican and democrat, young and old, You made us to be One and have given to us the ministry of reconciliation through Christ. Send us, O Lord, to do the works of love and forgiveness, of restoration and renewal of all things, the very works for which You gave us Your Spirit. We pray for the broken-hearted this morning. The day on which all tears shall be dried is not yet upon us. Until it is, may we weep with those who weep, with tears that make way for hope. And may we encourage with smiles and laughter that take up the joys we have known and store them for the day of restoration of all things. We pray for those whose minds are given to finding ways to overcome a sickness that has destroyed bodies, made weary the healers, and caused fear and panic around the world. Reveal to us how we might encourage those whose strength is gone, whose hopes have faded, and whose minds have been numbed by painful loss. Our hearts have been broken, yet we look for Your salvation to come. Until that day, hear the prayer of Your people, as they say together, Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy willbe done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive usour debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us, not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen
Prayer for the Second Sunday of Easter, April 19 You, Our God, reign over all the earth--and far, far beyond all that we see and imagine. As Creator, all things belong to You. Our times, indeed all times, are in Your hands. When You spoke the word the heavens were made; when You became the Word made flesh You redeemed humanity; when You rose from the dead as living Lord, You opened the door to life everlasting. Now it is Your love that reigns over us. We praise You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We long to see the world we know renewed in hope, restored in virtue, and returned to confidence that all things indeed are Yours. Today, however, we see a world that has placed its confidence in the princes of the earth and in the products and knowledge we create ourselves. There is no fear of God in the land, and everyone does what is right in his or her own eyes. And we are in turmoil. We cannot agree, we cannot get along, even in the face of a threat to life and health. Forgive us, our Father, we pray, for being swept along with the ways and hopes and fears of the world. We have not been sufficiently vigilant regarding our hearts, our souls, or our minds. Our thoughts have not been Your thoughts regarding how to use our time, our resources, and our love. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, we pray, and heal us. Forgive our great and terrible sins, especially those that seem small in our own eyes. Redeem us anew from captivity to the false hopes and dreams that abound in this world. Lead us by Your Spirit to cast aside the things that hinder us from living freely before You and hopefully before the lost people we encounter every day. May we be the ones whose feet go to places where good news will be spoken and received. Today we pray for our communities, beginning right here. We pray that drugs, alcoholic addiction, domestic violence, and disrespect among neighbors would be met and conquered by the love of Christ. Spread that love though the words and deeds of Your people. In our present turmoil, we pray for the sick, that Your Holy Spirit would touch bodies and minds in the name of Jesus. We pray for those hungering and thirsting, both for food and water and also for Your own presence. Feed them, we pray, by the hands of those You indwell. We pray for the grieving ones, that Your comfort and Your promise would be wrapped around them. For the battered and broken, we pray for Samaritans who put the needs of the neglected ones above their own. And we thank you for those who serve as Your answers to all of these pleas, selflessly serving that friends and strangers alike may find life renewed. Refresh them, we pray. Hear the prayers of people around this earth, hoping for health, longing for wisdom, panting for peace, and looking for the day when our faith shall become sight. Hear us once again, as we pray together, Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us, not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Prayer for The Day of Resurrection. Today, Our Father, we celebrate Your power, Your love, and Your hope. For all the wonders You have made, all the wisdom that orders the universe in its incredible expanse, we offer our inadequate words of praise. For the beauty of the earth, the glories of the skies we pause to wonder and give thanks. Yet this day it is the redemptive hope You provide in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead that causes us to sing, to rejoice, and to speak our hope. May the words of messengers long ago fall fresh and new, powerful and transforming upon our spirits today--why seek the living among the dead? Why seek for comfort, for guidance, for security, for joy, for meaning, and purpose where only death is found? You call us not to follow a code, but a living Christ, who knows the joys and sorrows, the pains and afflictions of this world, and has defeated them. This day we ask for resurrection hope to surround us and then to penetrate our thinking about the rest of our lives in this present age. This day we seek the life and the power of the resurrection for our daily tasks. We seek a return to tables with gathered family and friends; we long to return to the world we knew, witnessing to Your love for all mankind. We long for health and wholeness, realizing like never before how precious those gifts are. But we long for them with greater hope because of what this day is all about--life from the dead, hope from the despair, brightness from the gloom, joy from the sorrows we’ve known. Forgive us, O God, our many sins of word, thought, and deed. We truly are sorrowful and plead for Your grace. Lord, have mercy. Forgive us, we humbly pray, for our frequent failures to speak, to think, and to do those things we ought. We seek the true repentance that turns toward our fellow humanity with sufficient love to speak, think, and do as we should. Bring hope to the needy, health to the broken in body and soul; bring comfort to the mourning ones, encouragement to those who face loss of many kinds. Prepare us to see with Your eyes, hear with Your ears, and touch with Your hands those who need Your love. Make this day of resurrection hope the beginning of new life for someone. Guide Your church, here and throughout our nation and the whole world. For You care for all, Christ died for all, and the Holy Spirit seeks all to come and be healed. Hear us as we pray together,
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
April 5, 2020 O God, our Father, we come to You this day as children with wondering yet weary eyes. We wonder about the world we see, and we wonder about the things we cannot see. We long to see beautiful things in each of these, for that is why You made them; yet we are wearied in seeing much sickness and pain.
O Christ, our Savior, we come to You this day as seekers and as sinners with saddened hearts. The beauty we long for has been marred by the sins of others, and our ability to see rightly has been marred by our own. Save us, we pray, through Your grace.
O Holy Spirit, our Guide and Strength, we come to You as interns, learning the ways and the practices of a new and better way to live, to love, and to invest our lives for mankind’s benefit and for Your own glory. And we find the learning especially difficult when it is most desperately needed.
O Holy God, ever three and ever One, unite Your people and those who long to be Yours through the cross of Christ and the sacrifice Jesus gave there on our behalf.
Forgive us our sins, we pray, for they are many. Lord, have mercy. Forgive us especially for thinking our sins to be trivial matters. When we tend to think of them as barely worth mentioning, point us anew to the cross of Christ, where all the sins, both great and small in our eyes, must be born by him there. Father, have mercy upon us. Forgive us, we humbly pray, for the irritations we feel when our desires are unmet, even while we fail to ask what Yours might be. Heal us, we pray, and clear our vision.
Lord, we long to gather together again to sing Your praise, to share in the hearing and doing of Your word. We want to give and receive the embrace of brotherly love, share the tears of both joy and sorrow, and look upon the brothers and sisters of faith by whom You bless us. We want to gather again at Your table. We long to serve one another, to reach to the suffering in Your name. Hasten the return of these gifts, made all the more precious in their absence.
And so we plead for a cure, for new means of prevention. We ask for strength for the healers and helpers, wisdom for the researchers and responders, patience for the directors and decision makers. We ask for calm among the crowds, courage among the suffering, and comfort upon those facing great loss. Send us, freshly renewed by Your Spirit, into the very world that frightens and confuses and causes great pain. Speak Your word this day, as we listen, and as we present ourselves before You, ever praying as we go,
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
March 29, 2020 You, O Lord, have invited us to come to You in humility, in worship, and in prayer, that we might also find fellowship with You --Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, perfect in unity and purpose. You invite us, knowing even better than we ourselves the fears, the hesitations, the frustrations, and the irritations of our hearts and of our minds. How gracious You are, receiving the prayers of those who either secretly or openly question Your rule. You, before whom all hearts are open and all thoughts are known, are waiting for us. So teach us anew how to pray as we ought, with honesty, repentance, and faith. Forgive our dishonesty before You and before one another, O God of Truth. Have mercy upon us. We confess our distrust of Your will for us, leading to envy, selfishness, and pride. Have mercy upon us and forgive us our sins, we pray. May our thoughts, words, and deeds be open to us as they are to You, that we might turn from our sin and be saved. Today we pray for those facing the last enemy, death itself. Our prayer is for both those whose lives in this world are coming to an end and for those whose own lives are so connected to them that the loss seems unbearable. For those whose love can no longer be returned; for those who longed for the love of one who has gone without granting it; for those who have closed their hearts to love for fear of rejection, we plead for Your mercy and for Your powerful love to be a fresh and overwhelming presence. For this that sacred head was wounded, that precious life of Jesus was given. Extend his resurrected presence to darkened places both here and wherever the human heart is broken, wherever people are in bondage to the fear of this enemy. We are the more keenly aware of death in these troubling days of a rampant virus that knows few boundaries. We fear not only the disease and its attacks on the body, but the aftermath of our seemingly futile efforts to stop it. For many of us, life will never be the same as it was. Speak to us, Lord, into our ears, our hearts, our minds, and our spirits the words You have always given to Your people: Fear not. Walk with us, we pray. Walk with those who are caring for the sick and dying. Walk with those who research for a cure. Walk with those who otherwise walk alone. Walk with those who are worried. Walk with those who no longer have work. Walk with those who must establish policies. Walk with those who must teach and explain. Walk with those who care for children, even while fearing themselves. Walk with those who choose to spread joy and hope in the midst of sorrow and despair. Walk with those who bring good news. Walk with those who find new ways to move ahead, wiser than before. Walk with those who are finding salvation out of destruction. Heal the sick, we pray. Give sight to those who are blinded by the world and its deceit, as well as by failing eyes. Give strength to the weak, and soaring wings to those under the weight of so many cares and tasks and expectations. Speak hope to those in despair--a hope that will not disappoint, but is fixed in the certainty of an ascended Lord who now sits enthroned above all the powers and pretensions of this world. Seat us again with Him as we pray together, . . . Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us, not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. March 22, 2020 Eternal Father, Saving Son, Abiding Holy Spirit hear our prayer. We come before You broken, bewildered, and humbled.
We have been reminded that we are not immortal, we are not omnipotent, we are not omniscient. Those traits are Yours and Yours alone. Even as we are humbled, may we seek in these days our Maker and Redeemer first of all. And then may we ask of You the wisdom, the grace, and the resolve to work together for the healing of the world.
Our prayer is for those who are sick from a disease we did not know, and for all who suffer from attacks on the body from within.
Our prayer is for those whose loved ones have died, taken so quickly with plans and hopes gone with them.
Our prayer is for those who fear and cannot go about their tasks from day to day.
Our prayer is for those who place their own health and their very lives at risk to care for the sick and dying.
Our prayer is for those who must maintain order among restless and worried people, whether at the store or on the streets.
Our prayer is for those who must lead and coordinate the provision and distribution of needed supplies.
Our prayer is for those who only criticize and scoff.
Our prayer is for each of us, that we might display grace, courage, wisdom, and love.
Forgive us, Our Father, for sins of body, mind, and spirit; we have not thought, spoken, and acted at all times as Your children, images of Yourself. Have mercy upon us for the sake of Your Son, who lived among us that we might live in union with You and with one another.
And so we join Your church through many ages, many struggles, many victories, many sorrows, yet always in faith as we pray,
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us, not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
March 15, 2020 Everlasting Father, ever faithful Son, ever present Holy Spirit, we worship You. Holy Trinity of love and power, we bow before You in our need, some of which we know, yet much of which we do not even recognize. We come this day more aware of our want than we were before, more fearful than we might have been, seeking faith to see and receive the provisions of Your hand.You know what lies before us, You care about the dangers around us, You are more than able to lead us through our distress. Your faithfulness is not in question; ours is being tested. We pray for a world in danger from a sickness of the body that we do not sufficiently understand. For those who are ill, we pray for health. For those who may become ill, we pray for help. For those who love and care for the sick ones, we pray for patience and calm, for strength of spirit and soundness of mind. For those who have already lost someone they loved, we pray for comfort and strength to go on. For all of these, we pray for the light of the world to show a way forward that will lead to new hope, new faith, and new power to live in this world with an assurance of the world to come, where Jesus reigns completely. While we bring before You our confusion and our anxiety, we also pause to give You thanks. We thank You for life and a beautiful place in which to live it. We thank You for the health and strength we have enjoyed. We thank You for gifts that express Your heart, gifts that include the healing of body and soul. For doctors, nurses, researchers, pharmacists, and all who have invested their minds and labor to healing our diseases, we are thankful. For those who create policies by which we can live together in the face of danger, we are grateful. For those in these roles who pause to pray, even in the face of scoffing disbelief, we are thankful and ask that you give like resolve to each of us in our own places. May we be seen as those whose confidence is in You above all else. We pray for the sickness of soul that continues to grip the world as a whole, as it seeks to live without knowledge of its Maker and even less of its Savior. Shine upon us once more, O Lord. For the sickness of soul remaining in each of us, we confess our need for healing in our thoughts, our words, and our deeds. Have mercy upon us, we pray, and forgive our sins. Be our healer, our teacher, our companion, and our hope, as we pray together saying, Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us, not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.