Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Prayer 464

Loving One, You are near. Let us never feel that we are strangers on Earth, for You have made us, but remember that You are near. All like sheep we wander, and find ourselves far from the path You set us upon, but You are near. Even though we run from You, Your Love is always there, behind and before, if only we lift up our eyes to see beyond ourselves. Thank You, O Savior, for answering our uncertainty with steadfastness, and answering our tumults with peace beyond understanding. Make our hearts a good and pleasant land abloom with hope. You are our God; let us be your people. Stretch out your hand to those who call upon You, for you are our portion and our cup, and hold us fast.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Prayer 463

(Inspired by Psalm 65)
We lift up our praise to You, O God, whose mercy is never-failing! We thank You for not just forgiving us for our manifold faults, but blessing us abundantly. You protect us like a mother bird hovers over her chicks; your wings spread over us to shade and shield us from harm. You have placed us in a land you have made to bloom; our hills and fields are cloaked in fruit and grain. You have blessed us beyond imagining, and we raise hymns of praise as we proclaim our awe. You make our desert hearts to blossom: let us respond in kind to each other. Knowing You are always with us, we ask that You look with favor on these, your servants, today.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Prayer 462

These little beauties are called "Bishop's hats."

O Almighty One, in you rest all our hopes and all our knowledge of what is good. 

Help us let go of all that weighs us down, that we may not fall into despair or cynicism. Give us the trust to rest upon the promise of now rather than regret for what is past. 

Consecrate all our endeavors that they may bear abundant fruit, that others may know your grace through the lives we live today. Give work to those who seek work, and rest to those who seek rest. 

Bring our hearts to full flower in the knowledge and love of You through your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Make our spirits light and our course sure as our feet are set upon your path today. Make your face to shine, Lord Christ, upon those who are seeking, those who are journeying, and those who are praying.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Prayer 461

Lord Jesus Christ, we worship You as our risen Savior. Reach out to us in our doubts, and give us eyes to see Your love in the world. Let us hold fast to each other as the Body of Christ, and see the holiness that shines before us in creation. Forgive us when we stray from your paths, and help us always to act in love and reverence for your words and wisdom. Drive far from us all pettiness and vindictiveness, embracing all those we meet as friends. Send out your blessing upon us, O Prince of Peace, and hold us within your saving embrace.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Prayer 460- Saturday of Easter Week

Almighty God, we lift up our eyes from all our worries and concerns, and behold your glory everywhere. The heavens proclaim your praises in the midnight sky as it subsides into dawn. The birds sing alleluias to the sun as the light reveals your manifold gifts you bestow with an open and generous hand. The scent of lilacs on the breeze acclaim your grace and compassion. 

Draw us into the life You intend for us, O God: to walk in justice, gentleness, and mercy throughout all our days. Let our lives testify to the healing love of Christ: may we allow your grace to sink into our bones and animate our hearts. Draw into your embrace those for whom we pray, for we know You are always near.


Friday, April 25, 2014

Prayer 459- Friday of Easter Week

Loving One, we thank You and we bless You for bringing us in safety to this beautiful day. We thank You for the people in our lives who love us and support us. We thank You for the communities we live in, and ask that You bless them and fill them with justice and peace. We thank You for the opportunity to serve You in our words and deeds. We thank You for the self-giving love of our Savior, by whose wounds we are healed, and by whose obedience we are saved. 

Help us to walk humbly before each other, in faith, compassion, and gentleness. Help us to turn to You, and those whose love for us is a precious gift from You, when we need strengthening. Hear the call of your children, and place your blessing upon those we now name.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Prayer 458- Thursday of Easter Week

Photo from Istanbul, courtesy Nadia Bolz-Weber

Merciful God, we thank you for reconciling us by your mighty hand, and from bringing us in peace to this day. Your wisdom is without limit, O Mighty One: may we seek to share in it and walk in your ways. Guide us to be loving and patient with each other, and to proclaim the gospel through the way we live our lives. Let us comfort the orphan and welcome the stranger, our hearts open to all those in need. Let us spread wide our arms as Christ did to the world, and draw all creation into our embrace. Let us place our cares and concerns before the risen Lord, whose love and care is without end.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Prayer 457: Wednesday of Easter Week

O Lord Christ, draw us into your embrace, as chicks drawn up against their mother. We rest within the embrace of Love Incarnate, and lift our faces to the light of your radiance. Make of us a Resurrection people, that our alleluias may ring out to the corners of the Earth. May we treasure the Good News as our anchor and our rock, and persevere in love and faithfulness to each other in your Name. Shield the joyous and tend those who mourn, Lord Christ, and bring us within the circle of your abiding love as we pray.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Prayer 456: Tuesday in Easter Week

O Merciful One: with happy voices we praise You and bless You and magnify your Holy Name! May we rise from our beds with your praise upon our lips, treasuring your love and wisdom within our hearts. Make us a new creation, and forgive us all the wrongs we have done that we may be consecrated anew to your service. Nourish us with your truth, and strengthen us for our labors: may we greet the day with joy. Guide us in the paths of compassion and peace, and set us on fire to do your will. Hear our prayer as it rises like incense on the breath of morning, and look with favor upon our prayers and supplications.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Prayer 455- Easter Monday

(Easter Monday)
O God, we enter Eastertide borne up above the shoals of death: may we fill each day with rejoicing! Weeping has spent the night, but joy has come in the morning: the dawn of hope has entered our souls, and it is well, it is well, it is well. Now is the time to roll back the stone and walk into the light: may we unbind our hearts that they may beat to Your tune. Now is the time of alleluia: we remember that life bursts forth upon us as a precious gift. May the light of Christ drive the shadows far from us, and our spirits blaze with a Paschal light. With eager hands may we build your kingdom, with eager hearts may we love without fear. Draw us into your embrace, O Lover of Souls, and send your Spirit over those we love.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Prayer 454- Easter Day

(Easter Day)
Almighty God, the peoples of the nations shout "Alleluia!" to welcome the dawn of a new creation! Alleluia! Let us worship and sing praises, with the sun and the moon, saints and apostles, earth and sky! Alleluia! Let us keep the feast with the bread of truth and life. Alleluia! We who were in darkness are now in Light through our risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Alleluia! The stone in our hearts has been rolled away, and we spring forth into new life through our Savior. Let us place our hearts before our Savior, and our prayers before his altar.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Prayer 453- Holy Saturday

(Holy Saturday)
Lord Jesus, you are our all in all. You are our food and our drink, O Christ, a fountain overflowing with every blessing of love and peace in a cross-shattered world. 

O Savior, by your sacrifice, knit together our scattered peoples into one Body and one Blood through our one hope in your resurrection. Dying, you destroyed death, Lord Christ, and have pulled down the prison of sin and darkness, and called us to step forth into your light. Lead us in paths of holiness and righteousness as people who bear your name, so that all may see that You are the light of the world. 

Let your victory on the cross bring forth a new creation, and let that creation begin within our hearts. We pray that your victorious right hand be a hand of healing and of blessing placed upon those we now name.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Back to the Garden- Sermon for Good Friday

Readings for Year A:
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Psalm 22, BCP
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1-19:42

Theme for Lenten preaching: Isaiah 41:10

This week, I was teaching my students about the 1960s. One of the things I shared with them was the Joni Mitchell song about Woodstock. You know that one, right? Here’s how the song’s chorus goes:

“We are stardust, we are golden, we are caught in the devil’s bargain, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.”
Countless writers and musicians have talked about our longing to get back to that garden in the beginning, where we were innocent.

Our story today in the gospel of John begins in a garden. And the mention of that garden is meant to remind us of the garden that Joni sang about. The author of the gospel of John is writing a new version of the creation story.

In the beginning, God placed us in a garden, but eventually, we forgot who we were-- and whose we were. All we had to do was trust in God, who even walked with us each day in the cool of the evening. God gave us freedom, because love can only be given in freedom, and God loved us and all of creation.  

Once, we walked in a garden with God, and it wasn’t enough for us. We thought God was trying to box us in, and we responded with suspicion, which led to rebellion. Distrust leads us to be cut off from the love that offers itself to us freely, because we are afraid it will take something from us. It leads to wanting to hurt others-- and sometimes even those who are close to us—before they hurt us.

We disobeyed, and in our freedom, we turned from confidence to fear and, and then shame- shamed for our naked fear, when we had never been given any reason to doubt.

And on that day, God came looking for us. But we hid ourselves- even though we had begun hiding the second we listened to that intruder in the dust cajole us into uncertainty and suspicion. And later, we told ourselves that God had put us out of the garden, when in truth we had turned our backs on home. And we continued to hide from God throughout the centuries, unable to return to full obedience, unable to empty ourselves of all our stubbornness and pride.

At the beginning of our gospel for Good Friday, the Word of God, Jesus of Nazareth, is in a garden too. But Jesus, the bridge between humanity and God, is not hiding. This time, the forces of the world come looking for a rebel and a blasphemer. They are looking for someone who they believe has committed the sins of Adam: rebellion, and claiming to be God. The sins we’ve all been committing throughout time.

Yet Jesus, who is a new Adam, is not hiding from anyone. Instead, he boldly walks out to those looking to seize him. Instead of rebellion, Jesus acts out of perfect obedience, love, and unity with God. Instead of Adam choosing sin in opposition to love, this new Adam, Jesus of Nazareth, chooses to act in love in opposition to sin.

Once again, God knows his love will be met with rejection. This Adam is truly God’s son. Once again, we find the one who wants to give us everything, and we react with doubt, rejection, and fear. Jesus plainly tells us who he is, using the same name that came to Moses out of the burning bush. Those who come to that garden are seeking a rebel; but instead they find God in the shape of Jesus. Yet we still refuse to recognize God as God. Instead WE rebel. WE want to be in charge. Jesus turns our first story of a garden on its head. Jesus will go willingly from that garden, into the place where we all face trials, and place himself in the hands of evil so that he may show that the love of God always wins out over fear and sin.

I am grateful that Pastor Rebecca said the words "the people" instead of "the Jews" in the reading of the gospel passage today, because this passage in particular has been used throughout the centuries to justify anti-Semitism, and that is completely wrong. WE are the ones-- all of us-- who put Jesus on the cross. We are there as Jesus is being questioned and condemned, and we are there as Jesus is executed although not guilty of any crime.

We are Adam and Eve, and we are also the disciples, we are the chief priests and the crowd, and we are Pilate and the soldiers. Each one of those groups represents something about us.

WE are Adam and Eve: We are the ones who run away and hide from the ones we love, and then wonder why we are alone. We are the ones who want God to be powerful enough to grant our wishes, yet weak enough to do our bidding.
WE are the disciples: We are the ones who ask to sit at the place of honor and but shun the shame of Calvary.
         WE are Judas: We reject those we’ve pledged to love, betraying them when they won’t do what WE want.
WE are the chief priests and Pharisees: We are the ones for whom a thousand signs are never enough proof.
WE are Pilate: We are the ones who choose inaction in the face of wrong.
WE are the crowd: We are the ones who blindly follow our leaders, even to cheering the slaughter of innocents.
WE are the soldiers: We are the ones who take part in a thousand cruelties, both small and enormous, in the names of doing our jobs.

And all these sins add up. These sins are what put Jesus on the cross.

That’s why these stories mean something to us. But these stories also contain a challenge- to be like Jesus. The challenge is to give up the way of fear. And Jesus’s way to the cross of Good Friday as we see it in the gospel of John today shows us not the way to die, but the way to live.

We want to believe that terrible events like crucifixion and injustice are the work of people who are evil. Yet the line between good and evil doesn’t run between us, it runs within us. It starts with how we respond to fear. So many of the people involved in the Good Friday drama are filled with fear born out of mistrust. And this applies to us as well. We have created a society where we have elevated distrust to an art form, after all. When we lash out at those we love, when we destroy relationships out of dread that we could get hurt, we choose the way of anxiety rather than the way of trust.

And that is the mistake that was made in the garden of Eden, and in the garden in the Kidron valley where Jesus steps forward to meet those who accuse him out of fear and distrust.

The Gospel of John shows us Jesus as the man “who was despised and rejected by others,” as our Old Testament reading for today in Isaiah 52 described, the man “who was wounded for our transgressions, “ and who “by a perversion of justice… was taken away.” But John also shows that Jesus was fearless, and Jesus calls us to be fearless too. As the Son of God, Jesus has, and had, perfect freedom, yet he used that freedom to be nailed on the cross, staring sin and evil in the face.

On the cross, Jesus loved us despite our rejection and defeated our fears, fears that lead us to want to hurt even those who love us. By his path to the cross he showed us how to live a better way—a way of loving us and also, just as importantly, the way for us to overcome our fears and doubts, trusting in God to the very end.

On the cross, Jesus shows us that God is always with us, upholding us when we are afraid. Jesus loves us enough to be falsely accused and condemned, to suffer and to die, and to show us that the love of God breaks even the power of sin. The symbol of torture and shame is transformed into a call to trust.

Jesus is united with us in suffering through his very great love for even those who have demanded his death. Yet death is not the final answer today. Death cannot stop true love. It can only delay it for a while.

On the way to the cross, and on the cross itself, Jesus shows us the way of Isaiah 41:10 —which we have pondered during these 40 days of Lent. You have cards with this verse on them in your service leaflet. Please take them out and look at them. Jesus shows us what happens when we take hold of these words:

“Do not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, and I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

“Do not be afraid, for I am your God.” God loves us enough to be ours even when we are not willing to submit to belonging to God.

“Do not fear, for I am with you,” God whispers to his beloved Son as he suffocates on the cross through our own fault. Our sin—our doubt, our disbelief, our suspicion, our fear—has put Jesus on that cross. Yet God is there with Jesus, bending down as human freedom plays itself out, even to the point of putting Jesus on a cross to suffer and die.

“Do not fear, for I am with you,” Jesus whispers to us even as we seize him and condemn him to suffer for our own fear and sinfulness.

Like our brethren the Jews, we Christians are a remembering people. We remember each time we worship, each time we read scripture, and we remember each time we share communion together, remembering this moment, when Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. That’s why our liturgy has us sing, “We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory.” Today, on Good Friday, we remember Jesus’s death. Death for the sake of us all. And we await his coming in glory.

With a quiet “it is finished,” the old creation, which we had misshaped through sin and fear in that first garden, is ended.

But what happens on the cross is not just an ending, but also a beginning. There is a new creation that is begun on that cross, a new world for all of us who look upon it. We are born anew through what happens on that cross.

Our story begins in a garden, and our story ends in a garden, or so we think. The last image we see this Good Friday is another garden, redolent with the scent of jasmine, and hyssop, and more faintly, frankincense and myrrh. Jesus’s body is put into another garden—a garden with a tomb, but from this tomb, death is going to be defeated. Unless a seed falls to the earth and dies, it bears no fruit. The power of sin is going to be, and is, vanquished. Death will itself be, and is, destroyed. 

Creation is waiting to burst forth anew.

Prayer 452- Good Friday

Lord Jesus, help us to be with You this day, and help us take hold of the cross of love. You are our Redeemer: help us to take hold of your love when we are in danger of falling away. You are our Savior: help us take hold of your love when we are afraid of being lost. Help us to remember the love You have for us, and let us have and share that love ourselves. Help us to let go of our fear and follow You in the way of love and sacrifice. Help us to see as You see, that God is with us always in love, even in our times of trial. Help us to love with a love that never dies. Help us to be with You this day, Lord Jesus, and be with these for whom we pray.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Prayer 451- Maundy Thursday

(Maundy Thursday)
Lord Jesus, we come together at your table to remember that we are your people. You share yourself with us in the bread and the wine; we remember that we are your Body and seek to follow your example. Let us act as a sacrifice for the nations and be a priestly people to minister to the whole Earth. Let us humble ourselves and serve each other without vanity or hope of gain. Cleanse our hearts for service as You washed the feet of your disciples, pouring out your love like water. Even as You prepared to give yourself over for us, give your blessing and benediction to those we now name, Lord Christ.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Prayer 450- Prayer for Passover

A Prayer for Passover
O God, you led your people out of slavery in Egypt: lead us out of our enslavement to hatred and suspicion of our brothers and sisters. You guarded your people through plagues and trials: guard us against the plagues of fear, worry, anger, and doubt. You watched over your people as the darkness passed over them: help us to pass over our petty differences to unity in worshiping and serving You, Almighty One. Dry our bitter tears, and grant that peace that passes all understanding to these beloved children of God for whom we pray.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Prayer 449: Tuesday of Holy Week

(2 Cor. 1:21-22)
Almighty, Life-Giving God, put your seal upon us this day. Put your seal upon our mouths, that we may speak what is true and right and good. Put your seal upon our hearts, that we may serve you in body and in spirit. Put your seal upon our communities, that we may work together for the common good. Let us give our "yes" to serve this day the One in whom all that God promises are answered. Let us receive the Spirit of love and truth, to empower us to serve. Trusting in your tender compassion and lovingkindness, O Merciful One, we lay these cares before You.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Prayer 448: Monday of Holy Week

O Merciful God, we rise and make our prayers to you with gratitude: look with favor upon us this day. Have compassion upon us, O God, for all our offenses, known and unknown: we humbly confess our sin, and rededicate ourselves to your service. Empty us of our pride: guide us from foolishness into wisdom, and from willfulness into obedience. You know the truth deep within us, and love us unceasingly: renew a right spirit within us. Teach us to love you, and each other joyfully, with steadfast hearts and gentle spirits: we owe you our all. 

Abide with us, Lord Christ, and lead us from death into life, from shadows into salvation. Place your cooling touch on the fevered brows of those who are in pain, anxiety, or distress, O Loving One, especially those we now name.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Prayer 447: Palm Sunday

(Inspired by Isaiah 50:4-9)
O Lord God, we thank You for anointing us to do your will today, and awakening us to your Love. Awaken our ear to listen for your truth over the babble of foolishness, and to receive your wisdom as true disciples. Awaken our tongues, that we may teach and sustain those who are weary with your word of love and faithfulness. You are our help, Lord God Almighty, who uplifts those who serve You and strengthens us with the Bread of Life. Place those we name within the palm of your hand, and uplift them to strength and wholeness.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Prayer 446

Lord Jesus, whose arms are eternally stretched wide to embrace us, be with us this day, and teach us. Teach us to embrace your call to repentance and renewal, that we may be brought before You as little children. Teach us to embrace this day and its beauty, rather than worrying about tomorrow. Teach us to embrace the poor and the outcast, for we are poor and outcast too. Teach us to embrace love, regardless of the cost. Teach us to embrace obedience, to empty ourselves so that You may fill us completely. Teach us to embrace those who do not understand us or reject us, and to love them wholeheartedly anyway. Precious Savior, place your hand of blessing over those we now name, drawing them to You in your mercy.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Prayer 445: Forgiveness


O Lord, be with us and strengthen us for this coming day, and hold us in the hollow of your hand. We humbly seek your pardon for our offenses, for our anger and our weakness, for our lack of trust in You and in others. Help us be loving and gentle to those who try our patience, and kind to those who are unkind to us. We thank You for preserving us through our trials, for shielding us and healing us, for loving us as your children. Hear our prayers, O God, and send your Spirit to be with those in need

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Prayer 444

Almighty One, look with compassion upon the whole human family whom You have made in your image. Help us to see the chance to serve you in the face of each person we meet. Help us overcome the arrogance and selfishness that lurks in our hearts. Help us to be mindful of the needs and concerns of others. And spread your wings of Love and respite over these for whom we pray this day, especially those for whom we now pray.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Prayer 443

Merciful God, we thank You for watching over us through the depths of the night. May we join in the song of creation as the dawn arises, drawing us into worship of You. May we support and uphold each other this day, and cultivate blessing within our hearts. May we rejoice in harmony with the birds of the air, and lift up our hearts to You, O Source of Life. May we place our wills at your command, that our work may be our prayer to You. Refresh the souls of the weary, Lord Christ, and give your peace to those we now name.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

On Salvation

"So the question, does God heal? can only be asked alongside the question, does God save? And these are the answers. Does God HEAL me? Sometimes. Does God SAVE me? Always. Always. Always."

-- Samuel Wells, Be Not Afraid: Facing Fear Through Faith

Prayer 442- On the cross

Lord Jesus, you were ever a man for others: may we walk beside You, keeping our feet upon your path of love poured out for humanity. 

Although blameless, You walked the Way of Sorrow: may we remember you are with us in our sorrow and pain. May we nail to the cross all our pride, enmity, and vengefulness: forgive us, Lord, forgive, for all like sheep we go astray. 

You stretched out your arms on the wood of the cross: may we open wide our arms before the world, without fear. You offered your heart even to those who mocked you: may we forgive all who have scorned us or hurt us. 

Lord Jesus, You enfold us and embrace us always: hear the prayers of your people that we lay before You.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Prayer 441: For work and discipleship

Almighty God, we ask that you bless our endeavors today. Give us Martha hands and Mary hearts, seeking to serve you and be guided by your Word and Wisdom. Unite within us knowledge and action, or we know that work without learning and learning without work gain nothing. Let us proclaim your glory in words and actions this day: make us your hands in the world. Extend your sheltering love over those for whom we pray this day.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Prayer 440- God's glory revealed in the skies

Yours is the night, and yours is the day, O God: let us be a blessing this day. For your hand of protection upon us, we give you praise and glory and lift up our eyes to heaven. You create the stars that dance above us: the Seven Sisters, the Northern Crown, Orion as he tumbles across the sky. You guide the chevrons of geese as they wheel overhead, pulling Spring behind them like a banner. You send forth clouds that sail like great ships upon the blue, and bring forth rain to awaken the fields from their slumber. The Earth as it turns toward the Sun and is embraced by light reminds us to always turn to You, our Companion and our Pole Star.

Loving One, may we always remember your great goodness, and center ourselves within your love. Send your angels, we pray, to watch over us and our loved ones, especially those we now name.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Prayer 439- inspired by the Jubilate

(Inspired by the Jubilate)
You are the source of all goodness, O God, and our shelter in times of trial. The lands ring out their joy to God, whose mercy never fails. God calls each one by name, and we answer our shepherd's call. We know You have made us and are with us, O Loving One, and we sing your praise. Your gates open before us; let us enter with thanksgiving, sure in your reception and protection of us. We call upon You and You answer us, for your faithfulness endures from age to age. Strengthen and vouchsafe those who call upon You, especially these for whom we pray.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Prayer 438- On the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Almighty God, we thank You for sending us prophets and leaders like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

May we also dedicate our lives to the cause of true peace, founded upon freedom rather than the rubble of injustice. May we open our hearts to our neighbors, even those who call us enemies, and overcome physical division through spiritual strength. Through the power of love, may we break the dams that hold back the waters of justice, that we may live in verdant valleys of fellowship. May we see the face of Christ in all, and bear our hardships with dignity, through trust in your bountiful mercy. May we seek to make our lives a worthy offering to You, O Love Divine. 

Look not on our faults, but lead us into righteousness, and give ear to our petitions and thanksgivings

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Prayer 437- During a Tornado Warning

A prayer during a tornado warning

O God, we know that you are with us in the silence and in the tempest: we come to You in prayer, comforted by your love. Be our shelter against the rough winds that shake us from our sleep. Deliver us, O Loving One, from stubbornness and hardness of heart, from the storms that rage from within as well as without. Preserve us from the rising waters of anxiety and insecurity; place us upon the strong rock of faith. We know that You do not slumber nor sleep; You are our light in the darkness before dawn. 

Secure within your embrace, O Steadfast One, we lift up our prayers of petition and thanks for those we love, especially those we now name.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Prayer 436

O God, you have preserved us through the storms of the night: hear our prayer. We come before You, mindful of our faults, and humbled by your grace and kindness. Help us not to forget your limitless mercy when we are asked to forgive. Teach us, O Lord, your wisdom and truth: may we love each other whole-heartedly, even foolishly, even as You love us. May the power of God to work in our hearts roll over us like thunder, and may we rededicate ourselves to the work of love and justice. For your Love's sake, send your blessing and benediction upon those who call upon you, especially those we now name.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Prayer 435

Almighty God, from the sleeping ground You bring forth blooming life in Spring: bring forth also new life in our hearts. You fed the multitudes with bread in the desert: feed our spirits with your abundant Word. Let us be renewed in our fellowship, and inspired by our time in prayer with You, that we may be united in Truth and Love. May we treasure our blessings, obey your will, and pray for the healing of our faults, which only comes through your grace. Look with favor upon your servants, who rest within your steadfast Love.