Posts Tagged ‘generosity’

Caring For Each Other

November 22, 2020

Today we pray for all those who are sick and dying, the grieving, and those in the healing professions. And as we ask for both wisdom and courage to navigate both our politics and pandemic, we share this Prayer for Putting on a Mask, composed by The Right Reverend Richard Bott who is the current Moderator of the United Church of Canada. May it strengthen our resolve and connection with our neighbors, whenever we wear our masks, and our awareness of the love and generosity of others when we see them wear theirs.

Creator,
as I prepare to go into the world,
help me to see the sacrament
in the wearing of this cloth –
let it be “an outward sign
of an inward grace” –
a tangible and visible way
of living love for my neighbours,
as I love myself.

Christ,
since my lips will be covered,
uncover my heart,
that people would see my smile
in the crinkles around my eyes.
Since my voice may be muffled,
help me to speak clearly,
not only with my words,
but with my actions.

Holy Spirit,
as the elastic touches my ears,
remind me to listen carefully –
and full of care –
to all those I meet.
May this simple piece of cloth
be shield and banner,
and each breath that it holds,
be filled with your love.

In your Name
and in that love,
I pray.

May it be so.
May it be so.

Amen.

A Better Way

October 11, 2020

“Show us your ways O Lord . . . “ (Ps. 25 v. 4-5)

You have shown us a better way Lord. A way of

  • compassion,
  • love,
  • mercy,
  • forgiveness,
  • generosity,
  • patience,
  • kindness, and
  • self-control.

And you have shown us the way we should not go. A way of

  • factions,
  • hate,
  • oppression,
  • anger,
  • fear,
  • self-absorption,
  • death, and
  • destruction.

Forgive our missteps and misdirection, and guide us into the better way.

Amen

Grateful

October 4, 2020

We are grateful O Lord.

Grateful for the fall leaves, crisp days and beautiful skies, for love of friends and family, for music that calms and soothes, for books to read, for space to walk and think, and for all that brings us peace.

Grateful for those who serve and care and protect and guide and heal.

Grateful for the generosity of shared food and resources.

Grateful for the resilience of the human spirit.

Grateful for small moments of joy.

Grateful for the forgiveness and forbearance that point us towards a better way.

All this and more assures us that you, our Creator, are creating still.

We are grateful for your presence O Lord. Help us lean into your love in hope and faith.

Amen

Truth and Courage

October 17, 2010

I am a firm believer in people.  If given truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts. ”  Abraham Lincoln

Lord, we can be a hardheaded, stiff-necked people, resistant to your word. (Ex. 32:9, Heb. 3:8)

We are often a fearful people, easily swayed by those who would manipulate and divide.

We can be a selfish people, obsessed with material comfort.

We are often an angry people, more willing to blame others than to accept our own accountability in creating a world where so many suffer.

Help us O Lord. Give us the courage to face real facts and look for long term solutions.

Give us the compassion to share our material wealth with those who have little or none.

Teach us to forgive, and to look at the plank in our own eye before pointing out the splinter in others. (Lk. 6:42)

Help us to listen, with open hearts and minds, to the cries of those around us.

Help us to be worthy of the trust and hopes of those who came before us.

Lead us forward O Lord.

Amen.