Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Prayer 1254

The canopy of Muir Woods.

Most Merciful God, we come before You to give You praise, and to bear your name into the world in love. 

We confess to You our wrongs upon our beds; we have pondered our wrongdoing through the deep of night. Forgive and strengthen us as the sun leads us through the day, Blessed Savior, that we may walk in wisdom and grace. 

We ask your protection from all snares and enemies: may we work to heal the wounds without and within. Let us never seek to help ourselves at the expense of others, but always seek to build the Beloved Community. 

Uplift us through your Spirit of peace and compassion, O Lord, that we may reflect your love into the world. Rest your favor, O Holy One, on all who suffer or seek relief, especially those we now name.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Prayer 1253

Almighty God, we lift our eyes to You, our Help and our Fortress, and place our trust in You with joyful thanksgiving. You have kept us under the cover of your right hand during the night: in your mercy, hear our prayer. Cast away our offenses and accept our repentant hearts; forgive our sins, we humbly pray. May our tongues sing out your marvelous ways, O Holy One, and our lives testify to your grace and mercy. Place your strengthening arm under the heads of the weary, Lord Christ, and your benediction upon all who call upon you.


Monday, June 27, 2016

Prayer 1252

And we do.

Almighty, All-loving God, be with us this day, for night is past, and the fields ripen with grain, calling us to love and to work.

Make us lovers of your creation and all that is in it, filled with wonder at the stars and at every grain of sand. 
Make us lovers of all your children, saints and sinners, remembering that each of us has both within us. 
Make us lovers of your gospel, carrying it within our hearts and testifying to it with our acts. 

Envelop within your grace all those that suffer from any need or trouble, we pray, Lord Christ, that we may sing out your love. Help us to trust in your abounding faithfulness, O Holy One, and embody your promises of mercy and peace. Place the kiss of thy blessing and the peace of thy Spirit upon those whom we now name.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Prayer 1251: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Love heals, and always wins.

Most Merciful God, we gather around your altar, united in love to You and each other. 

With joy, let us turn our faces in anticipation of the coming of your kingdom, Lord Christ, and worship in the beauty of holiness. 
Let us walk in love and Christ loved us: and take up the road of peace and justice. 
Let us work as love and through love and by love in the world, remembering that we are made by God from God's own self. 
Let us always be led by the example of Jesus, held as a shining banner before us, singing praises and working healing in his name. 

Holy One, rest your Spirit of mercy and reconciliation upon us, and upon all whom we now name.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Prayer 1250

Bless and keep us, Loving One, and hold us in the hollow of your hand. Give rest to the weary and justice to the oppressed, Lord Christ, using us as the instruments of your mercy. Make us strong in the ways of wisdom and peace, and help us to put aside our hurtful ways. Shield us from those who wish us ill, and help us live lives of authentic grace and compassion, immersed in your gospel of love. We ask that your Spirit of Healing and Comfort rest upon those we now name, and grant them peace.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Prayer 1249

In Muir Woods.

Almighty and Ever-Loving God: we praise and bless You for all the wonders you reveal to us through your mighty hand. 

Lord, we confess to You our foolishness, our pettiness, our headstrong ways: forgive us for allowing them to lead us to sin. Lead us like children, Lord Jesus, and let us seek your embrace when we are tempted to wander from your side. 

Thank you, Holy One, for your tender care of us in joy and in anxiety: let us turn our faces to the light of your love. Merciful One, we lift before You our needs and concerns: and ask your blessing especially on these beloveds we now name.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Prayer 1248- a prayer for healing

Window from Trinity Episcopal Church, Tulsa.

Almighty God, we give you thanks for your abiding love and presence with us. We ask your forgiveness for any wrongs we have committed, determined to redidcate ourselves to your holy path. Through your Holy Spirit, guide the minds and the hearts of the doctors, nurses, and other healing hands who seek to bring rest and comfort. You are the Great Physician, who has given us reason and skill to use to help each other. We ask that your blessing rest especially on all who are ill, anxious, forsaken, or in pain. May they continue to persevere, and know always Your healing presence in their lives. Resting in the assurance of Your divine mercy, we ask a blessing in Jesus’s name on those we now name.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Prayer 1247

Most Merciful God, we lift our praises to You, the Source of All Life, and thank You for your care through the night.

Abide within our hearts and renew our spirits, Lord Jesus, that we testify to your grace and mercy in every breath. 
Comfort all those who watch, weep, or worry this day, that they may feel your Spirit rest upon and embrace them. 

Almighty Love, Holy Redeemer, give your blessing to us this day, and send your angels to watch over those we now name.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Prayer 1246

Come, let us sing a song of thanks and praise to the Creator of the Earth, who tenderly embraces us and love us! Uphold us with your loving hand, Lord Christ, and place us upon the path of wisdom and justice, that we may follow you always.  Inspire us, Holy Spirit and Advocate, that we catch fire with the love and charity of God, to work for the common good.

Holy One, you restore the hopes of the anxious and call home the lost: press the kiss of your blessing on those we now name.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Prayer 1245

Holy One, accept our prayers and praises we lay before You, and keep us within the bounds of your mercy forever. Awaken our hearts with the dawn, that we may worship You with our first thought, recalling the love and faithfulness of God. Fill our minds with deeper knowledge of you, Lord Christ, that we may walk your paths of peace and compassion. Send forth your comfort, O Spirit of Healing, upon all whose needs we now remember and lift before our God.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Prayer, day 1244- For Father's Day

My Dad.

Prayer for fathers 

Loving God, we thank you for fathers. 

We thank you for biological fathers, adopted fathers, and fathers in spirit. We thank you for fathers who work hard every day to help fulfill the needs of their families, who fix broken things and teach us how to do it ourselves, who embrace us and guide us, who love us even when they don't understand us. We know they reflect and embody your love for us as our heavenly Father. 

Comfort those of us who miss our fathers this day, and strengthen and bless those fathers who work so hard to love, protect, and nurture their families this day and every day. 


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Prayer 1243

Most Merciful God, who created us to love God and each other, we praise your for the gift of this day. Help us to live into our calling to love You and each other, that we may receive your truth into our hearts. Teach us to love and forgive without reservation, as You yourself love and forgive us. Abide with us this day, we pray, and unite us to each other by the power of your Holy Spirit, O God. Draw those we now name under the awning of your protection and blessing, Lord Christ.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Prayer 1242: prayer for blessing

Almighty God, we raise our hearts to You in thanks and praise, and ask your blessing upon this day. 

Bless those who labor, that they may be blessed with rest and security after their toil for us all. 

Bless those who seek to heal: inspire their hands and minds; guide their skill and reason to bring comfort to the suffering. 

Bless those who doubt, who engage their faith and God-given reason to seek deeper knowledge of You. 

Bless those who take up their strength and power to determine to use it for the common good and love of neighbor. 

Bless those who mourn, and may those who can bring them peace be willing to act out of love and compassion. 

We pray to You, Lord Jesus, for the particular needs and cares of these thy children.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Prayer 1241

Reredos in evening light, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis.

Blessed Jesus, we rise to give you thanks and praise, and kneel before you in gratitude for for your steadfast love. 

Set our feet upon the path of peace and wisdom, Lord, that we may bear your light into the world. 
Break the stubborn faithlessness with which we view the world, O Savior, and help us to see its abundant beauty. 
Inspire us to honor you, our Redeemer, by tending to the world and each other, that we may embody your grace and truth. 

O Holy One, throw your arms around all those who falter, suffer, or worry from lack of security or peace. Shield all those who work to heal the world and the wounded within it. Merciful God, we ask your encompassing blessing upon those we now name.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Prayer 1240-for faithfulness

Fairest Lord Jesus, your love soothes as the cooling breeze in forest pathways, your peace refreshes our souls: come, Lord, come. 

Abide within our hearts and bless us with thy wisdom and peace, we pray. For we are a headstrong people, prone to forgetting your way of light and wandering far from You. 

Forgive us, Lord: open our ears to hear your call to return, to keep your commandments of love and compassion. Fill the hollows of our hearts with a holy longing to serve only You, O God, and rest your Spirit upon us. 

Draw within your mercy all who cry out to You, O Holy One, and comfort those we now name.