Saturday, July 22, 2017

Prayer, day 1639: For God's blessing

Passion flower at the National Garden.
Almighty One,
Incarnate Love,
we lift our hearts to You in thanksgiving:
hear our prayer. 

May God bless us at our rising,
that we may dedicate this day
to the praise and glory of God's kingdom. 
May God bless us in our meditations,
that we may seek wisdom, compassion,
and unity with God and each other. 
May God bless us in our travels,
that our steps may take us toward reason, justice, and peace
through the power of the Spirit. 
May God bless us in our struggles,
that we may be strengthened and renewed
to persevere in the face of trial. 
May God bless us in our relationships,
that we may love and care for each other
and embody lovingkindness to all. 
May God bless us at day's end
with the peace of Christ,
which surpasses all understanding. 

Holy One, let your light of compassion and comfort
envelop these, your beloveds, for whom we pray.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Prayer, day 1638: at home in God

The fountain in the Contemplative Court lies at the end of the historical exhibits at the National Museum of African American History.

O Loving One,
may we make our home in You today,
and love You with our whole heart.
May we open our arms to embrace
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.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Prayer, Day 1637: We belong to God

A rainbow cast against the floor and walls of the Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

O God, You have given us our breath:
it is right that we use it to sing and glorify your ever-present Love.
May our thankfulness to You resound with each beat of our hearts. 

You are the center of our being:
may we make our hearts a fit dwelling place for your Spirit.
You have called us to truly love one another:
may we shrug off the coils of envy and resentment that choke us.
May we unlearn all that anger has taught us,
that hope and generosity may take root in our souls. 

May your peace calm all our fears,
as rain is soaked up by a dry and thirsty land.
May we turn our eyes from the mountains and valleys in our path
to the glorious light of your mercy and truth.
O Shepherd, protect us from the wolves that prowl among us:
may we hear, know, and trust your promises. 

Now, O Eternal One, accept the prayers of your people for each need which has been offered in love.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Prayer 1636

Sunrise while traveling.

Almighty God,
our times are in your hand,
and we rise today upheld by your love:
hear our prayers and praises, we humbly pray.

Strengthen us in your goodness and mercy, Holy One,
that we may see anew the unity and beauty of your creation.
Gather our restless hearts within your care, Lord Christ,
and help us to lean into your embrace in faithful trust.
Teach us to walk in charity and gentleness,
that we may honor the dignity of all whom we meet.

By the power of the Holy Spirit,
make us worthy testimony to your grace, O God,
and your healing ways.
Extend the hand of blessing
over all we remember before You, Lord,
as we offer our prayers for these beloveds.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Prayer, day 1635

Come, let us sit in silence before our Creator,
whose love is everlasting!

Most Merciful One, may we honor You in all we do this day. May we repent of our headstrong ways, O God, for we choose the crooked paths and rocky shoals even as You call to us to You.

Fill us with your Holy Spirit, that we may be inspired bearers of your message of love and peace. Strengthen the hands of healers and helpers, that those who suffer may be brought to wholeness and relief.

Pour out your peace like a balm on the weary of heart, and comfort the anxious and fearful who call upon You. Remember your children as they call upon your Holy Name.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Prayer 1634: grace and reconciliation


O Lord, You have brought us safely through the night:
may we waken the dawn with our praise.
Let us lift up our souls to God,
for You hold us under the shadow of your wing,
in your everlasting mercy.

Forgive us our sins, O God,
we humbly pray,
and help us to repair relationships we have damaged.
May we embody God's grace and compassion
that we ourselves have received.

May we be advocates of justice,
healers and reconcilers,
living in imitation of Christ.
Holy One, guide us in paths of faithfulness this day,
and grant your peace to those we now name.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Prayer 1633: for the Suxth Sunday After Pentecost

A contemplative space at the Episcopal Youth Event's chapel.

Blessed are you, O God and Creator of all,
who calls us before your altars for worship and praise!

You renew the face of the earth:
renew also our hearts, Lord,
that they be fertile fields for your truth to be planted.
Grant us wisdom and discernment,
that we may study your law with delight,
and serve others through your gospel.
Help us to amend our ways,
that we are led in all things
by compassion and humility
for your glory, Lord Christ.

Send your Spirit over us and within us,
O Holy One,
and grant your peace to those we now remember.


Matthew 13: 1-23

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Prayer 1632: Joining Creation's Song

A contemplative space set aside in the chapel area at the Episcopal Youth Event this week in Edmond, Oklahoma.

God of Unchanging Truth,
we rise in hope,
glad for your watch over us
through the shades of night.

Tune our ears to hear the song of praise
raised by all creation,
the mountains, hills, and streams singing, "Alleluia!"
Direct us and guide us in all that we do, O Spirit,
that we may work with healing hands and hearts in the world.
Lead us out in joy that we may return in peace, O Lord
 living our lives to your honor and glory.

Gather us into your keeping at day's end,
Loving Savior,
that we may be eased into your peace and comfort.
With a mother's care, Lord Christ,
watch over all whose cry is to you.

inspired by Isaiah 55:10-13

Friday, July 14, 2017

Prayer 1631: at the close of EYE17

The Missouri delegation (minus one) after the closing Eucharist of EYE17,
on the stage in front of an Episcopal flag that flew at Standing Rock.

Lord God, who creates and sustains the world,
we rise and center ourselves in You in gratitude.
We praise your ongoing creation, Lord,
in the world and in ourselves,
amazed by your love in our lives.

Thank you for your abundant grace
in drawing us together in community,
bound together through love of God.
Let us continue on the pilgrim road
walking gently upon the earth
and alongside each other in peace.

Send us out, Merciful One,
afire with the Holy Spirit,
to proclaim your truth with joy,
living into your dream of peace for us.

Let us now depart filled with Christ's light
carried forward by manifold mercies
safely to arrive at home.
Extend the awning of your compassion
over all whose hope is in You,
especially those we now name.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Prayer 1630: Witnessing the power of peace

Last night we had a candlelight Vespers service and vigil on the grounds of the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Holy One, abide with us
and within our hearts
as we seek You and praise your saving power.

Lord, on holy ground we have witnessed
how You work in the hearts
of healers and helpers
to work your peace in the world.
Make us instruments of that peace,
that we can sow healing and hope
in a world too often divided and hurting.
Empower us through your Spirit
to joyfully work for reconciliation, 
in the name of Christ, our Savior.

Bless and keep us, we humbly pray,
and draw us to You, O God, in all we do.
Lord Jesus, soothe the suffering whose cry is to You,
and grant your peace to all whom we now name.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Prayer 1629: On Oklahoma Day

The contingent from the Diocese of Missouri at EYE17.

Almighty God,
you have brought us safely through the night
and we rise to give you thanks.

Turn our pilgrim feet toward the path of peace,
and draw us together in unity with all creation.
Turn our pilgrim hearts to sing your grace
and embody your truth and love in the world.

Help us to see with new eyes
the wonder of your creation
in the world and each other.

Extend the shade of your right hand
over all who are bowed down by mourning or loss,
we humbly pray.
Shield and comfort those
who are in danger, sorrow or pain,
and grant them your peace beyond measure.
Lord Christ, we turn to You in hope,
and ask your blessing upon all for whom we pray.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Prayer 1628: Opening Day of EYE17

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches at the Opening Eucharist
of the Episcopal Youth Even 2017, held in Edmond, OK.

Blessed are You, O God of All Creation!
Let us join our voices in one song of praise and thanksgiving!

Holy Spirit, You give life to all that grows:
let our hearts be drawn to You on the Path to Peace.

Unite us with each other with one pupose:
to do justice, and love mercy,
and walk humbly beside You always.

Preserve us from sin, we humbly pray,
and help to reconcile and forgive as we hope to be forgiven.

Grant your peace to all who call upon You, Lord Christ,
and especially on those for whom we pray.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Prayer 1627

We travel to the Episcopal Youth Event today!

Arise, shine! May we travel a pilgrim's road today!
All-loving One, gather your children to You,
within a mother's tender embrace hold us fast.
We turn to You, O God,
as we seek to be peace-makers,
walking in love with you and each other.
Keep watch over those who are weary,
or for those who suffer in any way.

Still our souls to rest in You,
Our Creator, Our Guide, Our Shield.
Merciful One, reconcile us to You and one another;
and bless and keep those for whom we pray.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Prayer 1626: the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Today I return to preside at my home parish, Holy Communion in University City, which has raised me up and supported me through the long journey toward ordination. Thanks be to God for this community of the faithful!

Draw near, beloveds, to worship God in the assembly,
to offer God our thanks and praise with one voice.

O God, gather us, your children,
under the shadow of your wing;
keep us as the apple of your eye.

Watch over all who seek your Way, Lord Jesus,
walking in fellowship, wisdom, and grace.
Come, Holy Spirit,
lead us in Paths of Peace
that we may walk in justice and friendship with all.

May we grow in holiness and love,
bound together in mutual respect and kindness.
At day's end, may we rest in your care,
having borne your truth into the world in joy.

Merciful One, reconcile us to You
and one another;
and bless and keep those for whom we pray.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Prayer, day 1625: to the Eternal Lover of Our Souls

Lily blooms at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

God is our companion and savior:
let us raise our hearts
to the Eternal Lover of Our Souls.
We thank You, Lord Christ,
for preserving us and keeping us as your own:
your love is everlasting!

Adorn the brows of the joyful and the redeemed
with a crown of laughter, O Holy One,
as they offer their praise and gratitude.
Strengthen the faltering hearts
of those who worry or wait,
that they may be filled with your grace and compassion.

Send forth your Spirit
to illumine our minds with holy love for all creation,
that we may joyfully place our shoulders to the wheel of restoration.

Bind up the wounds
of those whose cry comes to You, O God,
rising like a tide,
whose hope is in You alone.
Shine the light of your countenance upon those we now name.