Monday, October 20, 2014
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.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
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.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
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.
Friday, October 17, 2014
|Rabbi Malachi prays.|
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 to You.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
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.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
(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.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
|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.
Friday, October 10, 2014
|Rev. Sekou has been arrested last Monday while praying with protesters in Ferguson. Of all the clergy there, he was the only one arrested.|
(originally written after the Trayvon Martin tragedy, republished due to a rash of deaths at the hands of police in the St. Louis area)
Almighty God, what is done is done. Teach us what to do with that, and teach us how to be wiser. Teach us to truly love our neighbor, and remember that our neighbor includes the stranger in our midst. Teach us that our first duty is not suspicion, but love. Help us reorient our hearts, dear God, that we be united, not divided. Help us to see You in the face of every person we encounter, even in the faces of those of different races, creeds, or religions. Heal the hearts of those who are in pain, distress, anger, or grief, O Lover of our souls, especially these we now name.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Lead us, O Holy One, with the banner of your love ever before us. Guide us to the pathways of peace, paved with justice and mercy, smoothed by the pilgrim feet that have gone before us. Strengthen us for this day's journey, that we may not turn aside or falter in doing your will.
Help us bridge the chasms that divide us, and be united in love and brotherhood. Give us wisdom gentled by compassion, that we may show out your glory in all we do. Turn our hearts to the concerns of those in pain, suffering, anxiety, or want.
Press your healing hand upon the brow of each beloved child who calls out to you.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
(inspired by the lunar eclipse)
The sun, moon, and stars declare your wonders, O God, and sing out your faithfulness throughout the ages. As the shade of night is lifting, let us raise our eyes to the heavens, and give thanks for all you have given us.
The Lord is our light and our guide through the trackless hours of the night. No shadows can separate us from the love and light of God, for shadows are only visible where there is light. Make the light of your countenance to shine upon us, O God of Glory, that we may see your pathways clearly.
Draw back the veil that divides us from each other, O God; for the divisions among us are mere products of our own waywardness. Make us one people whose strength is in our differences, just as night is a part of the day. Bring us into the dawn of hope, and shine down your blessings upon your people who call out to you.
|A beautiful blood moon, with all the phases of the eclipse depicted. From http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2011/06/14/tomorrows-remarkable-lunar-ecl/|