Posts Tagged ‘light’

Finding Our Light

June 6, 2021

The prayer today incorporates a paragraph from Across That Bridge by Congressman John Lewis.

“[N]o matter how tarnished or weak the flame, when the forces of darkness seem like they are about to consume us, we will ourselves to survive, and we begin to stand in the center of our inner light and invite its power to clear away the darkness that has clouded the soul.”

Help your light shine in us and through us Lord, that we might find a better way to live and work together.

Amen

Living Into The Light

January 3, 2021

As we start a new year, we share the following prayer from the encyclical All Brothers” published by Pope Francis on October 3, 2020. The encyclical provides guidance for our civic lives. The prayer is titled “An Ecumenical Christian Prayer” and appears following paragraph 287. Let us commit ourselves to caring for one another and strengthening our communities.

O God, Trinity of love,
from the profound communion of your divine life,
pour out upon us a torrent of fraternal love.
Grant us the love reflected in the actions of Jesus,
in his family of Nazareth,
and in the early Christian community.

Grant that we Christians may live the Gospel,
discovering Christ in each human being,
recognizing him crucified
in the sufferings of the abandoned
and forgotten of our world,
and risen in each brother or sister
who makes a new start.

Come, Holy Spirit, show us your beauty,
reflected in all the peoples of the earth,
so that we may discover anew
that all are important and all are necessary,
different faces of the one humanity
that God so loves. Amen.

Following The Light

December 27, 2020

Light of the world, shine in our hearts, that we might see and act with compassion.

Shine in our minds that we might love justice, and act wisely.

Dispel our fears, our anger, our resentments, our sorrows and despair.

Shine on our hands that we might reach out in love.

Shine on our feet that we might find the path of peace.

Guide us O Lord through the new year.

Amen

Guiding Light

December 20, 2020

The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood. John 1:5

Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. 2 Chronicles 20:16

Lord God of light, in your word we find hope,

In your presence we find joy,

In your guidance we find peace,

In your love we find rest.

Even in the darkest times, your light is there, if we are willing to look.

Help us to see it, embrace it, and share it. (John 1:9)

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

A Light Shines

December 29, 2019

In him was life, and that life was the life of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:4-5

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. John 1:10

Help us O Lord to understand, to follow your light, and to share it with others. Amen

An Advent Prayer

December 21, 2019

The following pastoral prayer was offered by the Rev. Jimmy Spear during worship at First Christian Church, Columbia MO on December 15, 2019 and is shared here with permission.

Lord of delight and surprise, as we pass the half way mark in these weeks of waiting you have come to us yet again with opportunity, love, and support.   We have in our walk of life reflected on our blessings, your compassion, and our need to be a people of light. It is your light shining in darkness that makes all the difference to our living.

Lord, let us not lack in faith.  Let us not forget the message found in a season of light and love.  Let us not look around and see it is what we don’t have — instead, direct us in ways of preparation  — tell us the prophesies that have guided our people toward a renewed faith, allow us to be your hands and heart in times and places of need, help us to see how much we do have.  

As these short days of winter freeze us so, let our spirits keep a warmth and brightness of light that is infectious.  Clearing our blindness to the needs of others, strengthen us and move us to places of action and times of cooperation. Help us to truly listen to one another and in our listening find again what matters most in our relationships and in the needs of the world.  

Come along with us, O God that we may honor the words of the prophets…making a path in the dry places of the world, clearing our eyes to see faith anew…and in this day, rising up from these pews to behold and believe the wondrous power and joy of Christ’s birth.   Amen.

Why Jesus?

January 12, 2016

“… to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the paths of peace.” Matt. 1:79

“The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood.”  John 1:5

The light shines in the darkness. But the darkness feels safe, the shadows fascinate, and the drama of conflict holds our attention captive.  Free us O Lord and lead us to peace.

Amen.