Sunday, February 5, 2017

Prayer 1475: The Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

From the rising to the setting of the sun, let us reflect the glory of God.

(Inspired by Isaiah 58:1-12)
Almighty One, your light pours over us and calls us to worship:
may we gather before your courts with thanksgiving and awe.
Lead us into wisdom,
that we may reflect your light and your truth into the world, O God.
Give us the courage
to break the chains of fear and oppression,
forged by us
and forged on our behalf.
Help us to cast off
the oppressive weight of suspicion and distrust,
that we may stand upright before You, united by love.
Unclench the closed fists of our hearts,
that we may care for others as You care for us, Merciful One.
Plant within our hearts songs of peace and hope,
that we may sing out your generous love and faithfulness, O Lord.

In all things, make us humble and kind,
remembering that by our actions You are known, O God of Grace.
Draw us under the shade of your wing, O Spirit of God,
and place the seal of your kiss upon those we now name.


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