Thursday, May 21, 2015
Most Holy God, may we open ourselves to your healing Spirit today. Direct us, O Eternal God, to follow the ways of your commandments, and practice justice and mercy in each step. May we throw wide the windows of our hearts that we may be filled with light and life through our Savior. May a Spirit of resurrection and renewal move within us and animate us to dance to the tune of your grace, O Merciful One. May we be filled with compassion for all living things, and celebrate the gift of each person in our lives. O Merciful One, bend near to those whose hope is in You, and hear the whispered prayers of your people.
Monday, May 18, 2015
O God, we sing a song of joy and thanksgiving to You, for you have filled our hearts with wisdom and truth. Renew our spirits within us, that we may set our minds upon directing our lives according to your will. Let all my words proclaim the wonders of your love, and direct my intentions to build your peace. Whatever this day brings, let me serve the Lord my God with all that is within me, with faith and joy. As the sea thunders against the shore, let my praise of You, O Holy One, reach to the heavens. Stretch out your right hand, O God, to lift up those who call out to You.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Yours is the night and yours is the day, O God Most High, and we raise our thanksgivings to You with the rising sun. Happy are those who act with justice, and always do what is right! We rejoice to do You homage, Lord, for You are the source of all our blessings. Let us preach peace to those far off and near, and live out peace in our own lives. Let us hasten the coming of your kingdom by being used to your glory and honor, loving each other as ourselves. Let us aid the weak, work for the common good, soothe the afflicted, and care for the vulnerable among us. Let us extend the hand of brotherhood to all, and love and live without fear. Grant your mercy and blessing to those we now lift up in our prayers.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Loving God, spread the tent of your protection over us today. Guide us with your loving, almighty hand that we may walk in your paths with integrity.
We fervently thank you for our abundant blessings: help us to spend our time numbering them rather than our worries. Bring us within your enclosure, that we may abide there forever, rejoicing that we are your own.
Embrace us, Loving One, despite our manifold faults, for we seek to be worthy of You. Let our lives sing out a testimony of your love and faithfulness, your compassion and your forgiveness. Help us to speak in love, never in anger; help us to act with charity and forthrightness to all we meet today.
Hear our prayers as we remember these, your beloved children, in their petitions and thanksgivings.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
(For Ascension Day)
Blessed Lord Jesus, you are our Shepherd and Savior: remember all those for whom you lived and died and rose again. Help us to spread your message of love, service, sanctity, and compassion throughout the world by our words and our deeds. Help us to be a testimony to justice and peace, and bind us together in the name of love, amity, and charity. Send the Holy Spirit to empower us to serve the weak and outcast and to make disciples of all who seek you. Through your example, let us unfailingly act with love and mercy, even to those who set themselves against us. Let us always be witnesses to your truth, and servants of your truth. Lifting our eyes to heaven, where you are enthroned in glory, we lift our prayers and petitions before You, Lord Christ, especially for those we now name.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
O God, all that is within us blesses you and your holy Name, and we remember your blessings, one by one. Forgive us our sins against You, O Merciful one, and heal all our iniquities. Crown us with your mercy and forgiveness, and help us to likewise open our hearts to our brothers and sisters. Renew our strength to persevere, and lay your hand upon our heads in consecration that we may bear your Name with honor and righteousness. Grant peace and encouragement this day, O God, for all whom we remember at this hour.
Monday, May 11, 2015
|Mother and Child by Renoir|
O God, we are your children: Let us always trust in You.
O God, we are your children: Let us take You by the hand as we learn to walk in your pathways.
O God, we are your children: Let us burrow into your embrace in our sorrows and hurts.
O God, we are your children: Let us be fed by your Word and your Truth so that we may always follow in your shadow.
O God, we are your children: Let us rejoice in your Love that never fails and forgives us abundantly so that we may be guided to try to do the same.
O God, we are your children: Help us to plant compassion in our hearts.
Help us to comfort and aid these for whom we pray this day, who are your children too.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
|My Mom and siblings in 1970. Yes, thumbs and pacifiers were popular.|
A Prayer for Mother's Day
Loving God, you are our Mother, and you have given us mothers to care for us. We thank you for mothers of blood, mothers of choice, mothers of the heart, and mothers in spirit. We thank you for their labor that brought us into the world and their labor that eased our way through this world. We thank you for the wisdom all our mothers have imparted to us and the guidance they have given us, even when we didn't listen. We thank you for all our mothers who have soothed our hurts and soothed our hearts. We know that all who have mothered us reflect your love for us, which never fails and never falls. Comfort those who miss or mourn their mothers today, O Love Divine, and bless all those who give their love to us as mothers. Amen.
Loving God, you have given us this new day: may we fill it with acts of compassion to others. May we be renewed in faith and courage to carry your Love into the world. May we boldly proclaim your Name and represent it with open hearts, open minds, and open hands. May we walk gently upon the Earth, embracing your creation as You embrace us. May we encourage each other in walking the pilgrim path, hand in hand with each other as your people. And may your Spirit hover over those beloveds for whom we pray this day, especially those we now name.