O God, we thank You for being our companion through the seasons of life,
and we praise and bless You forever! You are our hope, which buds
within our hearts like a sapling tree. You are the green joy that
springs up from the soil of our hearts and takes root, blessing us and
holding us fast. You are the lustrous light of faithfulness: you call us
to turn to You as flowers crane their necks to the sun. You are the
song of praise that sings from the symphony of color of autumn forests
and fields. You are our warming fire, that sets our embered souls ablaze
through the breath of your Spirit. Open our eyes to see your glory, O
Creator, and open our hearts to nurture your Word and Truth. Hear the
prayers that tumble from our hearts like fallen leaves, and gather in
your arms those we now name.
O God, You have taken us up and upheld us in your embrace: let us sing
out our thanksgiving for your mercy. You are our God and our refuge, and
we are glad to sing praises to your name. Give us strength to persevere
and patience with those who challenge us, O Holy One. Mold us and shape
us, we pray, that we may be vessels of light and truth that draw all
people before your banner. May we remember that the eyes of the world
are upon those who claim the name of Christ. May we act with compassion,
honor, and steadfast love for all, that our lives be testimony to your
glory. Rest your hand of blessing upon those who call upon You.
Holy One, may we breathe you in today. Abide in our hearts and minds, Loving One, that we may be One with You and not wander afield. You are our compass and North Star: may we turn our eyes to You and be led into the heart of Christ.
May we be centered within your healing, strengthening embrace. May your Spirit refresh us and renew us that we may offer everything we are to You, O Lord. You are our portion and our cup, You are the ground of our Being. May all we do be done in your name, and may all we do sing out your wondrous love in a world too often bereft of mercy and charity.
Hear us as we pray your blessing upon those we now name. Amen.
O God, you are our shield and our defense against the chances and changes in life. We put all our trust in You, O Love Divine, for you are our surety and our shepherd who calls us each by name and loves us. Forgive us for our stiff-necked pride and insecurities that have led us into fear and willfulness. Make us slow to anger and quick to forgive, and help us be more compassionate and gentle. Bring us to a deeper awareness of your wisdom and truth. Guide us to be more holy and reverent in all our actions. Help us to join hands with those with whom we have quarreled, that we may seek mutual understanding and amity. O Merciful One, hear the pleas and petitions of those who call upon You, O God of Our Salvation.
We rise from our sleep to worship before God's altar; let the people
shout a great "Amen!" Bring us with joy into your sanctuary, O Holy One,
that our hearts and minds may be consecrated to your glory! Make us
champions of the oppressed, drawn together by our kinship and love for
each other in Christ Jesus. Drive far from us all hardness of heart, all
jealousy and hatred, that we may be one as You are One, O Trinity.
Bring peace and comfort to all who suffer, especially when their
suffering comes at the hands of violence. Help us to slay the dragon of
prejudice, and drive away the wolves of mistrust and suspicion. Soothe
those who are in pain or anxiety, O Loving One, and give them respite
from their turmoil. Hear the prayers of your people O God, and grant
your peace to those we now name.
O God, the mountains and hills and all that grow upon the earth glorify
you; all creation sings your praises. Let your Name be glorified by all
people, and your saving power proclaimed to the ends of the Earth. We
thank you for bending near to hear our prayers and for giving us the
strength we need as we seek to live and love in You. We lift up those
who suffer lack of food, of home, of safety. We ask that you comfort,
heal, and restore these, your children.
O God, we praise You and we bless You, for You draw us under your wings
and into your embrace. Lord, open our hearts to your counsel, and our
minds to your truth, that we may turn from our distractions and focus on
wisdom. In all things that we do today, let us do them not in
self-righteousness, but in generosity and love. Root us in compassion,
that we may testify to the power of your love to bring regeneration and
reconciliation. Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our
hearts seek to unite rather than divide. Accept our hearts and our
prayers, and hear the supplications of the humble and seeking who turn
Our light and hope is in the Lord, who calls us each by name, tenderly as God's very own. We bless You, O God, for your mercy; we confess our stubborn disobedience and our pride, and are truly sorry. May we hear your call of reconciling love, and have compassion on those who provoke us or have sinned against us. Open our eyes to the beauty of your creation; help us see the face of Christ in all whom we meet. Open our hearts and minds to your wisdom and truth, that we may have joy in this new day. Give shelter to those who need respite or comfort from any pain or trouble, and send your angels to soothe the suffering. Knowing You are always with us, whether rejoicing or weeping, we ask your blessing and comfort on those we now name. Amen.
(Inspired by Psalm 51) O God, thank you for bringing us in safety to
this day, whether it holds sunshine or rain, for both are blessings
from You. Open our lips to proclaim your praise; our hearts to enshrine
your Love, our minds to receive your Word. Create in us clean hearts,
and renew our spirits to do your work. Bless and consecrate us this day
to go forth into the world bearing your message of justice and peace. We
turn to You in joy and sorrow, hope and anxiety, for you sustain us
always with your bountiful Spirit. Uphold your servants who call upon
you in their cares and concerns.
From the March for Justice-- marching before Lady Justice.
Almighty One, you have borne us up and preserved us through the night:
we thank You and we bless You for your mercy and care. We thank You for
tenderly ministering to us when we have been adrift in sorrow or grief.
We thank You for your beloved community that strengthens us and welcomes
us as a taste of your heavenly kingdom. Make us one in the Spirit of
Righteousness and Truth, and make us instruments of your peace. Give us
endurance to run the race before us, and compassion for those who suffer
or are oppressed. Send your angels to bend tenderly over those who lie
in sickness or despair, or who shoulder burdens that seem overwhelming.