Posts Tagged ‘listen’

United For All

June 10, 2020

This prayer was submitted by a reader, Kay, from the heart; First Presbyterian Church Elder, Presbyterian Women Moderator

Dear God help us to listen to one another and to unite in our actions for the good of all.

Help us change our ways.

Each of us needs your spirit to light the way.

When we march lead us.

When we pray hear us.

When we cry give us comfort.

Protect us from the virus as we are drawn to demonstrate.

Lift this movement into action for a better future for us all, but especially for our black brothers and sisters who have struggled for so long.

Guide us to universal change that brings justice to all.

In the name of your Jesus we pray.

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.

Listening

December 8, 2019

Help us to listen O Lord

to the voices of wisdom,

the voices of mercy,

the voices of justice,

the voices of hope,

the voices of love,

the voices of peace.

Do not let the voices of this world, full of hate and fear, drown out the small still voice within,

the place where we meet your Spirit.

Help us to hear you speaking.

Amen