Sunday, May 29, 2016

Prayer 1223: Second Sunday after Pentecost

Gloria! Window exterior at La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.

Almighty God, we joyfully gather before You to worship and honor You with our hearts, souls, and bodies: alleluia! We thank You for watching over us as the night has passed, and raise our spirits toward You, offering all that we are for your service. As we gather around your altar, may we also have joy in each other's presence, and honor the face of Christ reflected in each other. Nourished by Christ's love, send us forth into the world reflecting the light of Jesus into all the corners of our lives. Holy One, send forth your Spirit upon us, we pray, and upon those for whom we pray, especially.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Prayer 1222: in gratitude

A window from the interior of La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Barcelona, Spain.

Lord Jesus, in your mercy, bend near to us, and brush our hearts with the warmth of your goodness and lovingkindness. May our gratitude well up like fresh water in a dry land and soak into our bones, bringing forth shouts of praise to our God! 

Guide us, O Almighty One, into paths of peace, that we may be true children of your gospel. Make us bloom with compassion, reflecting the grace that shades our steps and overflows our hearts. Blessed Savior, place your hand of blessing upon us, and turn your healing heart toward those whose cares we lay before you.


Friday, May 27, 2016

Prayer 1221: for all who wander and long to return

Looking down a staircase in a tower at La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Barcelona.

Most Merciful God, we rest under your neverfailing love, centered within your compassionate Spirit. Let us sing a song of unending praise, and open our eyes to the light of holiness that pervades all creation. 

Bless and keep us this day, we pray, for we are lambs of your own sheepfold. Forgive us for our wandering, headstrong ways: we are manifestly and heartily sorry for all our offenses. Send your angels to give their tender care to all in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble, and give us compassionate hearts to love the least of your creatures as much as we love ourselves. 

Spread the tent of your mercy over all who call upon You, O God, especially those we now name.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Prayer 1220

Window inside La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.

Most Merciful God, we bless Your Holy Name and give You thanks and praise. Holy One, we bow before You, awash in your grace and mercy: hear our prayers. From the sparrow on the rooftop to the swirl of stars overhead-- all are secured and upheld by you grace and love, O Creator. Let us not get so busy that we forget that all we are and all we have comes from You, O God. Gentle those souls in tribulation or grief, we pray. Let us sigh and turn to You in peace when day is done, secure in your care. Press them to your holy breast, O Holy One, and grant them peace and respite from care. We remember before You especially this day.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Prayer 1219

The top of this pillar at La Sagrada Familia represents grapes, reminding us of the wine we drink in the Eucharist.

Lord Jesus, we rise to give you thanks, for your love has watched over us through the night. Our spirits take wing before You: keep us as the apple of your eye, we pray. Let us open our hearts to your everlasting love, that we may be transformed and bearers of that love into the world. Holy One, we turn to You in hope and faith: accept the whispered prayers of your people as we pray for those we now name.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Prayer 2012

Holy God, who grounds our hearts in love and calls us to faithful hope, we worship You. We turn to You, O God, as the round Earth turns from sleep to awakening, and stirs itself to praise: alleluia! Heal our hearts of bitterness, and forgive us for seeking to hurt others in our own anger. Let the waters of your grace pour over us and restore us, O Merciful One, like rain on a parched field. Refresh the bodies and spirits of the faithful and the seeking, Lord Christ, for we find our wholeness in you. Remembering your abundant mercy, Lord, we place our concerns at your feet as we pray.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Prayer 1211

Lord Jesus, we rise to give you thanks, for your love has watched over us through the night. 

Holy One, keep your hand upon us as we journey through this day, that we may turn aside from evil and embrace good. Help us to have open, grateful hearts, and serve each other in love and joy. Give us eyes to see the glory of your creation and the face of Christ in each person we meet. Let us put aside all that separates us from love, and remember that we are your hands in the world. 

Almighty God, preserve us in peace, and make your face shine upon those we now name.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Prayer, day 1210- for blessings

Azalea in my garden

Holy God, we give thanks to You for your gracious mercy upon us, and for the beauty of loving hearts in the world. 

 We thank You for steadfast and faithful friends, whose love and support strengthens us each day. We thank You for the glory of your creation, which inspires us to love and care for this Earth. We thank You for your angels who bend over us at sleep or at work or at play. Kindle our hearts and minds with a holy fire to serve and worship You with all that we have. Soothe the pains and sorrows of those who mourn today those lost in defense of hearth and home. 

Accept the whispered supplications of your people, O Holy One, and scatter the blessings of your love and tenderness upon those we now name. 


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Prayer 1209- for Pentecost

The sun is in her heaven, and all the world shouts Alleluia to God our Creator and Hope: Let us bless God with all our strength! 

Almighty God, fill us with your holy fire: kindle within us a Spirit of fierce love, we pray. As You have called us to You from every race, nation, status, and birth, draw us together to fully love each other as your children. Let us build compassion in our hearts and practice peace and justice in the world, inspired by your Holy Spirit. 

Precious Savior, we are your hands and heart in the world: let us pour out your hope to all. Bless those who call upon You, O God, and those whose needs are within our hearts.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Prayer 1208

Holy One, we thank you for the blessing of this day, and for tending us through the watches of the night. We thank You for blessing us with reason, talents, and skill: help us to use them to the glory of your name and for the sake of your creation. Place the shelter of your mercy over all those who are traveling are undergoing transitions in their lives. Give us the grace to seek to serve You in caring for others, remembering our common bonds within your love. Lord, lift up the hearts of all who call upon You, especially those we now name.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Prayer, day 1207

Hitchcock's Annunciation at the Art Institute of Chicago.

We acclaim You, O God and Ruler of our hearts, and draw near to You in faith and trust. You have called us forth to rise from our beds, and we turn our face to the rising sun. 

Let us be like the birds who sing dawn into the sky, joyful for whatever the day may bring. Let us stride forth into the day like a sower in a spring field, cultivating kindness and compassion. Let us drink deep of your Word and Wisdom, O Merciful God, and feed upon your steadfast love. For with You at our right hands we shall not fear or stumble: this is the day that the Lord has made, and we rejoice in it. 

We lift up our hearts as we lift up our prayers, and ask your blessing this day.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Prayer, day 1206

Walk with us, Lord Christ, that we may use
this life which, through you, we have been blessed.
Be with us before the rising sun;
be with us as we lay down to rest.

Be known to us who seek your wisdom,
be known to us as our guard and guide; 
Be known to us as we break bread together,
shoulder to shoulder, and side by side.

Be known to us in every stranger,
in all who hunger or have no home
Be known to us who cry out for mercy-
in those whose hope is in you alone.

O Prince of Peace, You know our sorrows
You know our joys and you know our cares:
Abide with us who call out to you
as we lift our hearts to you in prayer.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Prayer, day 1205- Prayers for blessing

Today, I need some Archangel Michael badassery.

(inspired by Matthew 5:1-10)
O God, You bless us in every moment, and uphold us by the strength of your Love: hear our prayer, for our hope is in You.
Bless those who work as your servants, for they have fixed their hearts upon salvation in each moment
Bless those who are gentle and kind, for they draw others to You through their witness.
Bless those who hunger for a just society, for they seek to build the kingdom of God.
Bless those who demonstrate mercy and forgiveness, for they live out a life of Love and Charity.
Bless those who are innocent and childlike, for their hearts are always open to You.
Bless those who spread peace in their wake, for they call us to live as better people and children of your household.
Bless those who suffer for their faith, for their resolve will never be shaken.
Bless those who cry out to You, for they know that God will fulfill all their needs.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Prayer, day 1204- for those in the path of storms

(inspired by Psalm 31)
In You, O God, do we take refuge:
our trust is in You as we cry out in distress.
Even when the darkness surrounds us,
when walls close in upon us,
You are our mighty fortress.
Preserve us within the storms of life,
for though the tempest rages about us,
You are our God.
Mighty winds may blow and howl,
but You,
O God,
are our rock of refuge and stronghold to keep us safe.
For You take heed of our souls' distress
and will never give us up to the power of darkness and despair.
We rest in the hands of the Almighty:
we rejoice in your mercy and lovingkindness.
Watch over your children, we pray,
and embrace those who rest within You.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Prayer, day 1203

Loving One, abide with us this day. Draw us into paths of wisdom and peace. Watch over those who are facing changes at this time, that the new chapters in their lives be filled with blessing. Give hope to those who falter and courage to those who waver. Help us to discern how we may be better disciples and how we may build your kingdom today. Inspire us through your Spirit to new devotion to your wisdom that we may be a holy people. Make us advocates for freedom and justice in service to others. Bless and defend those for whom we now pray, Lord Christ.