Preserving Our Liberties

July 4, 2020

You my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. Galatians 5:13-15

Lord, we know that freedom isn’t free and democracy is not self-sustaining.

Both take courage, and persistence, and regard for others.

Help us to do our part.

Help us use our freedom not just to claim “liberty,” but to seek justice for all, to care for one another even if that means wearing a mask, and to reach across partisan divides with love and forgiveness.

Open our eyes and our hearts that we might free those who suffer in our economy from want and need and loss of opportunity, and find ways to prosper together.

Help us to seek your truth and serve you O Lord.

Amen

The Change We Need

June 28, 2020

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:23

We are used to empty promises.

Legislation well named but devoid of content. Unfunded mandates and standards without consequences. The creation of commissions and the drafting of studies and reports, all with no action that might bring about real change.

Let this time be different Lord.

Help us to enact laws that move us forward.

Laws that might actually advance our collective health and safety.

Laws that could provide a foundation for future growth.

Laws that reflect our ideal of liberty and justice for all.

Laws that will bring us peace.

Help us Lord, to create the change we need.

Amen.

Energy To Action

June 21, 2020

Creative God, move us from chaos to reform throughout our systems – economic, political, healthcare, education, housing, and legal. All are in need of change.

Let us be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger that we might learn from each other. (James 1:19-21).

Give us courage, grace and compassion as we confront our failures. Save us from easy answers.

And then move us to sustained action. Channel our energy and help us to persevere, even as we weary from the effort.

Help us Lord, to be better than we are.

Amen

Moving Forward

June 14, 2020

Lord, we know what to do for you have told us:

to love you and

to love others as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39);

to love even our enemies (Matthew 5:44);

to act justly, to love mercy, to follow with humility the path you set out (Micah 6:8);

to seek wisdom (Proverbs 3:11-24);

to do good and share with others (Hebrews 13:16);

to welcome the stranger and care for the poor (James 1:27, Zechariah 7:9-10);

to grow and bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-26).

But we have become polluted by the world (James 1:27),

aligned with those who divide (Romans 16:17),

entertained and misled by deceit and hypocrisy and slander (1 Peter 2:1),

entranced by the deceitfulness of wealth, and

overwhelmed by the demands of our daily lives (Matthew 13:22, Luke 8:14).

We have wandered from your ways.

Forgive us Lord.

Help us now to put our faith into action, and to build a better world.

Amen

United For All

June 10, 2020

This prayer was submitted by a reader, Kay, from the heart; First Presbyterian Church Elder, Presbyterian Women Moderator

Dear God help us to listen to one another and to unite in our actions for the good of all.

Help us change our ways.

Each of us needs your spirit to light the way.

When we march lead us.

When we pray hear us.

When we cry give us comfort.

Protect us from the virus as we are drawn to demonstrate.

Lift this movement into action for a better future for us all, but especially for our black brothers and sisters who have struggled for so long.

Guide us to universal change that brings justice to all.

In the name of your Jesus we pray.

Amen

In Need of Mercy and Grace

June 7, 2020

Today’s prayer is an adaptation of Ps. 33:18-22 that appeared in The Book of Family Prayer by Robert Webber (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1986.)

Lord, we believe Your eye is upon those who fear You,

Those who have hope in You.

Lord, we wait upon you;

For You are our help and our shield.

Our hearts rejoice in You

Because we have trusted in your holy name.

Lord, let Your mercy be upon us

As we hope on You,

And send upon us

Your Holy Spirit, we pray.

Amen

Pentecost 2020

May 31, 2020

Come Holy Ghost, Creator blest, and in our heart take up thy rest. Come with your grace and heavenly aid, And fill the hearts which you have made.

Come Holy Ghost, Pentecost Hymn, Rabanus Maurus, 776-856.

On this Pentecost Sunday, Lord, people are dying, cities are burning, and our future is uncertain.

For generations you have put before us both a path to peace and prosperity, and one that leads to destruction and death. (Deuteronomy 30:15, Acts 2: 28).

Too often Lord we choose the wrong way, and then having lost our way, we cry out in despair. (Judges 2-10).

Yet you are ever with us and hear our cry. Your love and forgiveness are everlasting. Let them guide us forward, loosening the grip of hate and fear, inequity and greed, to a better way.

Spirit of Truth, you live in us (John 14:17), guide us to your peace.

Amen

Prayer From The Heart

May 27, 2020

[A reader, K.M., from Missouri sent us this prayer. She was Moderator for the Presbyterian Women in her Presbytery for 4 years and served for over 12 years in PW leadership in Missouri.]

What does the Lord require of you?
To seek justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God
. Micah 6:8

Holy Spirit send us your light.

Give our country the strength and courage to move forward caring for all people, respecting all people, feeding, healing and reaching out to all people.

May we be guided by your light in all that we do to make our country safe again for all your people.

Amen

Hope For Our Future

May 24, 2020

. . . There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds a mystery, Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.” Hymn of Promise, v. 2, Natalie Sleeth, 1986.

Lord God who knows our future, strengthen our hope in the unseen. (Romans 8:24; 2 Corinthians 4:18)

Guide us through these difficult days towards life and peace. (Romans 8:6)

Help us to persevere that we might know, and share, and build on your love. (Romans 5:1-5)

Help us rise above hate and fear, disrupting factions and finding a better way. (Galations 5:19-26)

Move us forward, O Lord.

Amen

Open Our Hearts

May 17, 2020

The waiting is the hardest part. – Tom Petty

Our world changed suddenly and now we wait

in our doubt,

in our grief,

in our loneliness

in our impatience,

in our fear.

Open our hearts O Lord that we might find hope, and comfort each other.

Give us the courage to speak up, reach out, and together build a stronger, more just, more compassionate world.

Help us as we begin to move forward, O Lord.

Amen