Posts Tagged ‘grace’

Seeking Your Guidance

October 18, 2020

Today’s prayer is adapted from the Prayers and Thanksgivings in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer ##22 and 24.

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all of our powers and privileges, guide us as we elect our leaders and representatives.

Help us to accept our responsibilities to our fellow citizens, to move beyond self-interest, and to cast our votes for those who would promote the well-being of all people and administer our laws fairly.

Give us grace to forgive and courage to face our uncertain future together. Guide us past our fears and resentments and help us to act so that the rights of all might be protected and our nation enabled to fulfill your purposes.

We know that our individual choices aggregate to shape our country’s path. Help us find ways to care for one another and work together. Guide us that we might choose wisely, and build your kingdom, so we might be closer to it here on earth as it is in heaven.

Amen

For Our Elections

August 2, 2020

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

Lord, please help us protect our elections which are the heart of our democracy.

Guide us in our responsibilities as citizens that we may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for our common good.

Ensure the faithful administration of our voting processes so that the rights of all may be protected.

And in our thoughts and in our actions, help us to align ourselves with your justice and mercy and grace so that we might be a people at peace among ourselves.

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

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

Heal Our Hates O Lord

June 24, 2015

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

Lord, thank you for the love, forgiveness, and mercy shown by the survivors at Emanuel A.M.E. Church and for the witness they have given in the face of hate. Thank you for the politicians who departed from the usual patterns of division and denial to speak up and out in support of their brothers and sisters in faith.

As James Russell Lowell, observed in 1845*,

To us all, to every nation comes the moment to decide,
in the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side;

Let us choose good O Lord.

[N]ew occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth;  they must upward still and onward, who would keep abreast of truth.

Let us move forward O Lord, guided by your grace.  Help us to learn new ways.

Heal our hates O Lord. Help us live in peace with one another (Romans 12:18).

Amen.

* Quotes from poem printed as the hymn, “To Us All, to Every Nation”,  v. 1 and 2, Chalice Hymnal #634.

Grace and Confidence -3

December 29, 2009

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. Ps. 48:14

Lord as we celebrate your birth we are reminded that you are the light that shines in a dark world that does not understand.   John 1:5.

Yet you are the God of truth. May the light of your truth guide us in the year to come.  Ps. 43:3.

You are the God of love.  In your unfailing love, lead us to greater care and compassion for one another.  Ex. 15:13.

You are the God of mercy.  May we find forgiveness for our pride and greed. Help us to learn to act justly, to forgive and to heal, and to walk humbly with you. Micah 6:8.

You are the God of hope.  May you guide our feet into the paths of peace and help us to move beyond fear and factions so that we might live in greater harmony in the years to come.  Luke 1:79.

You are the God of joy.  Let us be renewed by your presence among us, accept the gift of your grace, and rejoice in your gift of redemption and promise of eternal life.  Luke 2:10-14.

You are the God of grace.  Let us accept the assurance you offer and move forward in faith.  Guide us in the the ways of wisdom (Pr.4;11), and restore and strengthen our souls (Ps. 23:3).

Help us, O Lord, to heed your call and to trust in you.   Guide us in your truth and teach us, for you are our God and Savior, and our hope is in you.  Ps. 25:5.

Guide us O Lord.

Amen

Grace and Confidence -2

December 20, 2009

I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Ps. 27:13-14

Lord, in this season of Advent, teach us to wait.

Teach us to wait with the hope that comes from the knowledge of your love.  Strengthen our ability to trust in you, and help us to know you better through our waiting.

Teach us to wait with the courage that comes from faith in your mighty power.  Give us the courage to face hard truths about ourselves and others, the courage to care,  the courage to change, and the courage to seek and heed your call.

Teach us to wait with the peace that comes from forgiveness.  Help us to accept that we are forgiven, and to forgive those who have caused us pain.

Teach us to wait with patience.  Help us to let go of our own desire to control and to wait secure in the knowledge that “the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” Ps. 33:11. Let us say as the prophets did, “I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7. Help us to see that, by your grace, hearts and minds are changing as we wait.

Help us to wait, O Lord, and to know that you are with us in the waiting.

Teach us to wait, O Lord.

Amen

Grace and Confidence -1

December 13, 2009

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Lord as we approach the celebration of your birth, help us to embrace your message of hope, joy, forgiveness and peace. Help us to see the many opportunities we have around us to experience and share that message – the hope that comes with change; the joy in simply being alive; the opportunity to accept and be accepted by those who love us;  the peace of a quiet moment, a good meal, a warm bed.  Give us the confidence to move forward, one step at a time, as we work to fix our economy, to help those who are longing to work, feed those who are hungry, and to care for all who are sick.  Forgive us our faults,  — our shortsightedness, self righteousness, anger, fear, and denial — that stall our progress.  Help us to accept that progress is incremental and that in seeking a world that is more fair and just, we must often seek hope in the unseen. Let us find confidence in your mercy and grace, and follow the promise of your love.   Amen

Charity In Truth – 2

September 27, 2009

[Note: this prayer, like last week’s prayer, 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.]

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 1 Cor. 13:6

Lord, your love is the truth you ask us to accept and share with others.  (John 15:12).  Help us to follow your command as we work to reform our economy and allocate our resources.  As the Encyclical Letter states: “The economy needs ethics in order to function correctly —not any ethics whatsoever, but an ethics which is peopled-centred.”  (Encycl. Ltr, par 45).  Do not let us be misled by blind faith in “markets”.  Instead, give us the political will to set the boundaries needed to ensure that our markets function in ways to that do not unjustly enrich the few at the cost of impoverishing many.  The Encyclical Letter also warns that:

The risk of our time is that the de facto interdependence of people and nations is not matched by ethical interaction of consciences and minds that would give rise to truly human development.  Only in charity, illumined by the light of reason and faith, is it possible to pursue development goals that possess a more humane and humanizing value.  (Encycl. Ltr, par. 9).

Do not let us be misled again by undue reliance on the science of economics and mathematical calculations that fail to account for human fears and costs.  Help us instead to identify and analyze what would best promote the common good, and to accept responsibility for improving the lives of those who have suffered greatly as a result of our past failures, both economic and political.  Help us to recognize our interdependence and accept that each of our fates – whether rich or poor or in between — are intertwined.  Let us recognize that our wealth as individuals and as a nation depends on our genuinely caring for and helping each other, especially those who now struggle day to day simply to survive. Guide us O Lord, and move us forward.

Amen