Posts Tagged ‘guide’

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

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

Lead Us Forward

May 28, 2012

This Pentecost, O Lord, we celebrate that you are with us, and in us, and that you will never leave us.  Help us to hear and to heed your voice within.  Guide us and challenge us until we are, both in our public and private lives,

“Free from anger, hatred and passion; free from ill will, jealousy and envy; free from transgression, criticism and gossip; free from malice, animosity and grudges. . .”*

As we listen to the news and listen to the candidates, as we sift through what we hear, and as we  make choices, help us to value civility, community, and thoughtfulness.  Help us to test our fears against facts, and be willing to change. Guide us, O Lord, and move us forward.

Amen

*Quote from Julian Ibarra Zapata, 20th Century Disciples pastor  Juarez, Mexico.