Grant, Oh Lord, that what has been said with our lips we may believe in our hearts, and what we believe in our hearts we may practice in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — John Hunter; The United Methodist Book of Worship Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay
Thank you, Lord, for the community of faith that has not only surrounded me with steadfast love, but also called me to serve others throughout the world. Amen. — Cultivating Fruitfulness, Robert Schnase
Jesus, you spoke with passion, you acted without fear, and we remember. Help us when we have to speak out, to speak the truth and without malice to speak. Amen. A New Zealand Prayer Book Image by andrewsbird from Pixabay
Lord God, You loved this world so much that you gave your one and only Son, that we might be called your children too. Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace of Easter Sunday, every day. Let us have hearts of thankfulness for your sacrifice. Let us have eyes that look upon Your grace and rejoice in our salvation. Help us to walk in that mighty grace and tell Your good news to the world. All for your glory do we pray, Lord. Amen. — Rachel Marie Stone Image by dozemode from...
Lord, give me grace to hold righteousness in all things that I may lead a clean and blessed life and prudently flee evil and that I may understand the treacherous and deceitful falseness of the devil. Make me mild, peaceable, courteous, and temperate. And make me steadfast and strong. Also, Lord, give Thou to me that I be quiet in words and that I speak what is appropriate. - John Wycliffe
God of love, help us to use the gifts you give us for the people who need us. Help us to see their need and, inspired by your Son, reach beyond ourselves, beyond our institutions, to the very margins and bring all to you, the center. May all we do be in preparation to serve more fully, seeking you in the world that we are invited to create with you. Send your Spirit to keep us aglow with the desire of justice. - Author Unknown
All-loving God, awaken in us the patience to be incomplete, to be in the process of becoming closer to you and to your people. Help us to know that slow is real, that gradual is divine and keep gently asking for our participation in the work of salvation. Give us ways to respond; give us the energy to be actively engaged in the lives around us and the world you have given us. Amen.Author Unknown Image by John Hain from Pixabay
Loving God, Holy One,Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being.We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time.We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened.We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future.We pray: may love, not fear, go viral.Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good.Help us to practice social distancing and reveal to us new and creative ways to come...
Eternal God, giver of life: You continually show us what it truly means to be sisters and brothers, reconciled to one another. Now lift us beyond the burdens of pain and guilt as we now turn from the wrong-doings of our past. Give us the vision of a new creation as we commit to dismantling racism in our personal and public life. Send us forth into the world as repairers of the breach, and strengthen us to act for justice and human dignity, as we strive for the liberation of all your people;...
Almighty and ever living God, you invite us deeper into your world, your people, your Lent. May this time be one of outward focus; seeking you in those we often ignore. Help us live a Lent focused on freedom, generosity, and encounter. Give us hearts hungry to serve you and those who need what we have to give. - Author Unknown
Good and gracious God, you invite us to recognize and reverence your divine image and likeness in our neighbor. Enable us to see the reality of racism and free us to challenge and uproot it from our society, our world and ourselves.This we pray. --Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Open unto me, light for my darkness Open unto me, courage for my fear Open unto me, hope for my despair Open unto me, peace for my turmoil Open unto me, joy for my sorrow Open unto me, strength for my weakness Open unto me, wisdom for my confusion Open unto me, forgiveness for my sins Open unto me, tenderness for my toughness Open unto me, love for my hates Open unto me, Thy Self for myself Lord, Lord, open unto me! --Howard Thurman, from "Meditations of the Heart"