Posts Tagged ‘community’

Your Kingdom Come

September 20, 2020

We thank you Lord for those who build your kingdom –

  • for those who step forward to care for us, even at risk to themselves;
  • for those who accept the call to military service;
  • for those who, despite fear and threats, take action in the pursuit of justice;
  • for those who speak up to defend rather than diminish our democratic ideals of community and trust;
  • for those working to ensure all can vote;
  • for those who feed the hungry and provide support to those who have lost their jobs;
  • for those who shelter the homeless;
  • for those who educate our children;
  • for those who comfort the grieving;
  • for those who reach out in hope and healing.

Bless all of these who are doing your kingdom work here and now.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Amen

Seeking Justice

July 12, 2020

Today’s prayer comes from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.

Almighty God, who created us in your own image:

Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression;

and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name;

through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you , and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Open Our Eyes

May 9, 2020

“Open my eyes, that I might see glimpses of truth thou hast for me . . .”

Clara H. Scott, 1895; Open My Eyes That I May See, Chalice Hymnal, #586

With you Lord all things are possible (Mt. 19:26).

Please show us the possible in our broken world.

Show us the possible of a people-centered economy, the possible of rebuilding our communities, the possible of healing and caring for each other.

Show us the possible of a path to peace and the quieting of our partisan bickering. Show us the hope of a better future for all, O Lord.

Show us your ways, teach us your paths; guide us in your truth and teach us (Ps. 25:4-5).

Walk beside us through these difficult days.

Amen

Trusting In God

March 29, 2020

God of light, eternal and bright shining, do not allow the noises and shadows of this fleeting world confuse us.” – Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)

Lord, as our routines are disrupted, our diversions disappear, and our futures grow increasingly uncertain, guide us through our fear, anger, and confusion.

Help us to trust in you.

As we sort through our media feeds, listen to the talking heads, and receive conflicting advice, focus us on what is true and hopeful and kind.

Give us a discerning spirit, O Lord.

As we seek to stay connected in community, help us find peace and comfort in what we can do and share, knowing that you walk closely with us in all things.

Help us to persevere, O Lord.

Amen

Politics of Faith

February 2, 2020

[On politics] “Most people just want somebody who can articulate their hatreds . . .” (David Brooks, 2011)

It is easy to fear the other –

  • the alien,
  • the stranger,
  • the one who thinks differently,
  • the poor,
  • the sick,
  • the ones in need who look for more.

And yet you call on us

  • to embrace the alien (Ex. 22:21),
  • to welcome the stranger (Mt. 25:35),
  • to reject factions (Gal. 5:20),
  • to serve the poor (Lev. 19:9-10),
  • to care for the sick (Mt. 25:36), and
  • to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mt. 22:34-40; Mk 12:28-34).

Help us O Lord, to heed your call as we live our lives together.

Amen.

Seeing

December 15, 2019

O Lord, help us to see those around us,

their struggles,

their hopes,

their joys,

their depth,

their humanity.

And as we see, fill us with love of your creation in all its beauty and complexity.

Help us O Lord to see what we might be:

One country, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Guide us there O Lord.

Amen

Increasing Love

March 2, 2017

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  2 Peter 1:5-8

O Lord, guide our leaders — and us as citizens — that we may pursue goodness, knowledge, self-control, godliness, and kindness in our political lives and in our communities.   Help us reach out to our neighbors, breaking down the walls of “us” and “them”.  Calm our anger and fears. Steer us from factions and petty disputes. Teach us to love. Help us live by your Spirit and find peace and prosperity together.  (Galatians 5:19-26).

Amen

Finding Our Way

October 25, 2009

. . . “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” Matthew 12:25

Thank you Lord for those who take up the hard work of governing, and especially those who are volunteers in our cities and counties, or serve school and fire districts or on other boards and commissions.  Bless and encourage those who work for the common good and persevere in the face of great challenges.  Help free those who are caught in the vise of party partisanship and enforcement.   Save us from those who would abuse their public trust.   Mitigate the voices of paid lobbyists and partisan media, and help those who govern to hear instead the voices and needs of the governed.  Help us examine our public life and turn away from the behaviors that discourage many who are capable from serving – mockery, misstatement, false accusations, and other behaviors designed to limit debate and consolidate the power of  a faction.  Let us, both leaders and citizens, find new ways to connect, engage, and listen to each other.  Help those who would lead our communities reach across divides, focus on core needs, and move forward together, adding to their ranks as they go.  Lead us, O Lord.

Amen

Charity and Truth -4

October 11, 2009

[Note: This is the final prayer in a series that reflects and quotes from the Encyclical Letter Caritas In Veritate given by Pope Benedict XVI on June 29, 2009.  Quotes from the letter are identified by paragraph number.]

And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. 1 John 4:21

Thank you Lord, for encouragement in the form of a Nobel prize.  Encouragement for a new vision for our country — one of a world leader that respects others, seeks to rebuild relationships of trust, accepts accountability, opens new dialogues, and believes that all countries may some day live in peace.  Thank you for a president with the courage to dream and to speak out.  Thank you for his patience, calm demeanor, willingness to persevere and to forgive, and his focus on future generations.

Your love, is your “promise and our hope.Encycl. Ltr, par. 1. We are called to share that gift, to acknowledge our interdependence, to seek wisdom, to care for and about each other, and to work to establish a true sense of community with other citizens and other peoples.  Encycl. Ltr  16-20.    As we work through our current global economic and humanitarian crisis, we acknowledge that

[t]he different aspects of the crisis, its solutions, and any new development that the future may bring, are increasingly interconnected, they imply one another, they require new efforts of holistic understanding and a new humanistic synthesis. The complexity and gravity of the present economic situation rightly cause us concern, but we must adopt a realistic attitude as we take up with confidence and hope the new responsibilities to which we are called by the prospect of a world in need of profound cultural renewal, a world that needs to rediscover fundamental values on which to build a better future. The current crisis obliges us to re-plan our journey, to set ourselves new rules and to discover new forms of commitment, to build on positive experiences and to reject negative ones.  Encycl. Ltr. par. 21.

Let us heed your call for change O Lord. Harden not our hearts. Do not let the voices of doubt, denial, and denigration silence those who are seeking and working to build a better world.  Help the politics of hope and compassion overcome those of fear and domination.  Give us  peace in our lifetimes, O Lord.

Amen