Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Prayer 547- for peace


Chapel window, Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, University City, MO.

We sit in silence in the presence of our God, who was, and is, and ever shall be our Shepherd. Bring us joyfully to pull together in the yoke of love, for enmity is too great a burden to bear. 

Banish from us all malice and thirst for vengeance, for we remember our wanderings from your path and are heartily sorry. Let us hold fast to peace with a lover's devotion, and seek justice from the hills of your mercy. 

May our lives vibrate to the melody of your word. Place us upon the heights of truth, that we may discern your path within our lives. Kindle within our hearts the flame of zeal for your ways, that they be ours always. 

May our prayers and petitions rise like the morning sun, and may your peace rest upon those we name.

Amen.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Prayer 546

Chapel window, Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, University City, MO

Glory and honor be ever given to our God, whose abundant love is our refuge and shield! 

Let us seek to make peace where there is war in our hearts. Let us do no wrong to our neighbor, and let us honor our God with every breath. Let us extend the hand of brotherhood to friend and foe alike, remembering your call to love one another. 

Creator God, may we show forth our thanksgiving for your grace, and lift up our hearts to hear your Law. Lord, we lift up those who call upon You, who ask for strength for the trials or uncertainties they face.

Amen.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Prayer 545

Chapel window, Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, University City, MO

Let us come before the Lord and give thanks for God's manifold mercies, singing out our praise. We thank You for being with us throughout the night and sending your angels to shield us. Guide us to your sanctuary that we may be purified and consecrated to your service. Drive far from us all hardness of heart, and help us to seek the pardon of any we have wronged. Make us joyful witnesses of your saving grace, and loving hands to do your work in the world. Grant your blessing over those who are in danger, need, or trouble, especially those we now name.

Amen.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Prayer 544

Window at Trinity, Tulsa.

O Loving One, may we make our home in You today, and love You with our whole heart. May we open our arms in embrace to the amazing gifts of your creation. May we be guided by the light of compassion, walk the path of wisdom, and dance to the song of justice. May we rest upon your breast like a child when we are in need of comfort or ease of mind. May we listen more than we speak, learn more than we profess to know, and give more than we take. May we make ourselves a family of those we meet, and always celebrate the chance to love and be loved. We ask your blessing upon these beloveds, whose needs we lift up to You, especially those we now name.

Amen.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Prayer 543


Let us raise a loud shout to the Lord, who was and is and ever shall be, Creator and Protector of All. Unite us to You in love and faithfulness, Lord Christ, that we may lift high your banner to the world. We ask your pardon for our manifold faults, O Merciful One, and thank You for your abundant gift of grace. 

Extend your traveling mercies to those who journey in the air, on land, or at sea. Protect us from calamity and guide us safely home, wherever we may go today. Set our hearts and minds upon hearing the call of God in our lives, and guide us in right pathways. Press upon us behind and before, O Loving One, and extend your mercy upon those we now name.

Amen.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Prayer 542

The lacy pistil inside a Rose of Sharon.

God of Abundance, we raise up our voices to praise You, in thanksgiving for this new day. We give you thanks for your mercy and loving-kindness when we have wandered from your side. Let us always seek to serve You and our brothers and sisters as true children of God. Teach us to open our hands and our hearts to those in danger or need. Remembering all our blessings, may we be a blessing to others. Give us the wisdom to align our lives with your precepts, and the courage to live out your call to radical love. Grant your peace and comfort to those whose call upon You.

Amen.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jesus on the Border: A meditation on Matthew 25:31- 46, compassion, and those caught in the margins (Speaking to the Soul)

Matthew 25: 31-46

Today’s gospel starts with a discussion of separation. In the vision of judgment Jesus describes, one people will be separated from another, and he compares them to the sheep and the goats. Using symbolism that appears repeatedly throughout scripture, the sheep are those who are blessed and obedient to God’s will—in this case, God’s will of radical generosity and care for others: feeding the hungry and providing drink for the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, and visiting the sick and those in prison. Jesus’s vision makes it clear that he himself had been welcomed when the poor, the sick, and the outcast had been cared for....

To read more, click this link: http://www.episcopalcafe.com/thesoul/daily_reading/jesus_on_the_border.html

And tell me what you think!

Links for more information:
A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis
UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Africa crisis
South Sudan Refugee Crisis Worsens
An Inside Look at the Central African Republic Refugee Crisis
Anti-Immigration Parties rise in EU Elections
Israeli-Hamas Conflict Squeezes Palestinian Leadership

Prayer 541

The universe in a drop of rain.

Almighty One, You are the root and ground of our being: hear our prayer. 

Forgive us our offenses, and help us rededicate ourselves to living in peace and justice with all. Open our minds and hearts to learn and act upon your call to radical compassion. Make us brave enough to love and serve you without fear or hesitation. Root us in your abundant grace that we may always remember our blessings. 

Draw us into a new life of unity, knowing that You are God and Creator of All. Extend the healing shade of your love over those we now name.

Amen.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Prayer 540


O God, Your glory gilds the morning skies, and we give thanks for your goodness and mercy. 
Guide us along the paths of righteousness, that we glorify your Name in the world. 
Ground us in your word and truth, O Master, for we know that you call us to work for justice, generosity, and peace. 
Give us the grace to offer shelter to the stranger among us and to love our neighbors as ourselves. 
Guard us from all evil from without or within, O Loving One, for we are prone to wander. 
Govern us in gentleness, for all like sheep we go astray, yet our cry is always to You. 
Gentle us to do your will, and soften our stubborn and wayward hearts. 
Grant your peace and benediction to all who call upon You.

Amen.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Prayer 539


Flowering sage



You are near, O God. Remind us to draw close as well. Thru the night watches we have called You between dreams: Your love never sleeps. We thank You, Loving One, for your word in which we trust. We meditate upon your promises, for You are always at our right hand when we need You. With our whole heart we call to You, for you redeem us and give us strength. Give aid, we pray for these whom we now name, that they may be comforted and praise your Name.

Amen.