Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Prayer 924

The beauty of creation reflected in the water at Camp Phoenix, 2015.

Open our eyes, Lord Christ, and heal our blindness, to see your glory revealed in all creation. Open our lips, O God Almighty, that our songs may tell out your saving help to all who call upon You. Open our minds, O Spirit of Truth, that we may learn the ways of justice and peace, and work for the mutual welfare of all. Open our hearts, O Holy One, that we may love each other as You have loved us. Renew a right spirit with us, O Loving One, that we may seek your grace and praise your mercy with thankfulness. Draw us within your pastures, O Prince of Peace, and place the seal of your protection upon those we now name.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Prayer 923

One of the glorious sunsets at Camp Phoenix 2015.

Beloved Creator, we thank You for tending over us as a shepherd cares for his flock as we have taken our rest through the night. Illumine our footsteps with your wisdom, that we may rejoice in walking beside You, Lord Christ. We thank You for the loyalty and love of friends and family, and pray that we are ever grateful for those we love. Fill us with your loving-kindness and mercy, that we may grow in grace and charity for all we meet. Draw us into the bosom of your grace & peace, O Loving One, spread the shade of your mercy those we now name.


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Prayer 922

I broke my strict "No selfie" rule for this camper at Camp Phoenix-- and the Enforcer photobombed us.

Most Holy God, we rise to bow before You in awe and wonder for your love and care for us throughout the night. May we go with rejoicing into the courts of your house, drawn to hear your Word of peace. May we turn our hearts from hardness and renew our love for one another, centering You in our inmost being. May we clasp hands at your altar, and sing out our praises for the wonders You have done for us. May we be sent forth from your sanctuary, knit together and strengthened in your work you have given us to do. Lord Jesus Christ, stretch out your hand to all who are in need of hope or healing.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Prayer 921- Day Six at Camp Phoenix

The campers and staff at Camp Phoenix, 2015.

Most Precious Creator, we rise and give thanks to You this day. We thank You for awakening us with a song in our hearts and a prayer upon our lips and a spirit filled with love for You. We thank You for the beauty of this world you are making, and seek to be better lovers of it. We thank You for the loved ones from whom we take our leave, and the loved ones to whom we return. We thank You for safe journeys and warm beds, and we pray for those without them, that we can help them. Bless and and keep us safe within your hands, and envelop within your care those we now name, O Loving One.


Friday, July 31, 2015

Prayer 920- Day Five at Camp Phoenix

Friday morning just after sunrise at Camp Phoenix.

Almighty God, we rise from our beds to bow before You in worship and thanksgiving: may we abide with you today. May we seek first of all the kingdom of God and God's righteousness, and work together to God's glory. May we give thanks for the saints in our lives, and honor them and follow their example. May we seek to become saints in the life of the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit of Truth. With arms around each other, may we sing out your praises, Lord Christ, and make ourselves a sanctuary for You. Heavenly One, we remember your mercies without end, and ask your blessing upon those we now name.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Prayer 919- Day Four at Camp Phoenix

A dragonfly on the steps of Hickory Lodge at Camp Phoenix.

Heavenly One, Lover of Our Souls, guide us in wisdom through this glorious day that You have made. May the light of your gospel shine from us with renewed brightness, that our joy and love may draw others to you. May we love each other and care for each other as Christ loves us, and enfolds us within his mercy. May the grace of God rest upon us and uplift us as on eagles' wings, and may we be set upon the paths of peace and hope. Protect us as we play together, work together, and pray together. Bend near, Spirit of the Living God and breathe out the peace of God upon those we now name.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Prayer 918- Day Three at Camp Phoenix

Most Merciful God, Blessed Jesus, Spirit of Truth: we praise You for bringing us in love and joy to the glory of the morning. Like your servant Martin Luther King, lead us to the mountaintop of your truth to see the broad plain of justice and peace before us. Make us into a community of saints who live and work and sing within the beauty of the gospel. Knit us together in compassion and perseverance, that we may embody the love of Christ. Watch over all our loved ones, and keep them in the cool shade of the shadow of your wings, O God. We ask especially that you send your Spirit of healing and tranquility to rest upon those we now name.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Prayer 917- Day Two at Camp Phoenix

We added copper sulphite to the campfire last night!

Most merciful God, You have brought us into your light and truth, and called us to gather in your name. Like our brother St. Francis, may we walk gently upon the earth, and be instruments of your peace to all creation. May we cast your gospel far and wide like a sower scattering seeds, and build up your faithful people in love. May we be one with the poor and oppressed, and take our place alongside those in need. Blessed Jesus, place the hand of your blessing upon us in all our endeavors, and especially on those we now name.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Prayer 916- Day One at Camp Phoenix

I will be spending the week at Camp Phoenix, the summer camp for the Diocese of Missouri. Here, the older kids take part in our spiritual program.

Almighty God, Holy One: You have graciously brought us in peace to this new day, and awakened us to the glory of your morning. Knit us together into a company of saints and witnesses, that we may joyfully sing out your truth and love. Help us to be led by the example of those who have gone before us in the faith of Jesus Christ. Help us to be joyful and reverent at play in your glorious creation; Help us to gentle and patient with each other when tired. Abide with us as we work and play and pray, as we sing our praises to You, O Precious Lord. Grant your blessing upon those we now name.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Prayer 915- Departure Day to Camp Phoenix 2015

The first sunset at Camp Phoenix 2015.

Most Merciful God, may we join hands around your altar to day, and rejoice for your abounding grace. Let our love be true, and steadfast, and patient for one another and for You, O God our Redeemer. Let us open our hearts to see the beauty around us, that we may live peaceably and walk gently upon the earth. Let us pluck out our own anger and envy, repenting of our sins, and seek to overcome evil by planting love in our hearts. Let us pray for those who hurt us, and seek to build up the spirits of others in all we do. May our prayers center us in the love of God, and give us strength, hope, and charity in all our ways and all our days. Holy One, bless and keep us this day, and send out your peace like a caress upon those we now name.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Prayer 914

Sing out our praises to the Lord, whose mercy and lovingkindness follow us all the days of our lives. Holy One, we bow before You in awe and wonder, proclaiming your truth and wisdom. With thankful hearts we turn to You, the source of all goodness and author of our salvation. Let us turn from paths that lead us into evil, hatred, or jealousy, and embrace each other as You call us to do. Send your angels, O God, to bend near to those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. Encourage and enliven those whose heart or faith is faltering, we pray, and dry the tear of those who mourn. Wrapped in your embrace, Lord Christ, we offer our prayers for those we now name.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Prayer, day 912

O God, we rise to give thanks for your mercy and protection spread as a canopy over us today. May our prayers ascend to you and our hearts be drawn to You, for You are our God and Savior. May we turn aside from selfishness and envy, and seek forgiveness from those we have wronged. May we remember our unity with all creation; may our hearts be joined in love and fellowship. Place your hand of blessing upon the crown of our heads; consecrate us to your service today. Hold us fast within the embrace of your love and wisdom; guide us in the paths of justice and compassion. Give your peace which passes all understanding to those we now name.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Prayer 911

Holy Holy Holy Lord, Creator of All, we praise and bless your mercy and lovingkindness as we rise to meet the day. May we submit ourselves to your truth, O Loving One, and our lives may praise You before the world. Like Mary Magdalene, may we witness to Your life within us with joy and wonder, opening our hearts to the marvel of your truth. Fill us with awe at the manifold mercies of your saving love, Lord Christ, and send us into the world, rejoicing. Bless and keep those whose names we place at your feet, O Holy One, and grant them strength and peace.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Prayer 910

Merciful One, we turn to you as the face of the Earth again turns toward the sun, and offer our prayers in love and gratitude. 

Let us be grounded in faith, digging our roots deep, spreading out our branches to offer rest to those who seek or those in need. 
May we answer those who search for truth with the gospel message of love, compassion, and grace. 
Like the morning birds, may our praises fill the sky, for God indeed has done great things for us, and we are glad. 
Let us take our rest in our God, and place all our burdens before the throne, that we may be renewed and strengthened in hope. 

Lord Christ, send the power of your Spirit into our hearts and minds, and grant strength and peace to those we now name.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Prayer 909

Holy One, in gratitude I kneel before You, and with upturned hands I lift my heart to You, grateful for your love and faithfulness. 

Let me still my soul like a child on her mother's shoulder; let me rest in the peace of God and surrender to God's grace. 
May the love of God be a balm to my spirit, and pour over my skin like the attar of jasmine and roses. 
In mindfulness and compassion, guide me to be a blessing today, O Spirit, and lead me in paths of peace. 

Buoyed by your mercy, I place all that is within my heart before You, Lord Christ: accept my prayers offered before You.