Posts Tagged ‘peace’

God Is Our Refuge

May 10, 2021

Today’s prayer borrows from Psalm 46.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, even as the very foundations of our democracy come under attack, and the political norms that gird our Constitution are threatened in the swelling waves of extreme partisanship and disinformation.

We will not fear for we know that God is with us, and the truth will someday set us free to pursue His paths of justice and peace.

Amen

Caring For Our Kids

May 2, 2021

Bless our children Lord.

When we were expecting, the doctor told us, “a child is God’s way of saying the world must go on.”

Help us change Lord, for their sake.

Protect them from a legacy of fear, hate, and resentment.

Instead let them know joy, peace, and opportunity.

Help them love and be loved by their fellow citizens.

Give us all hope.

Help us change Lord, that our children might more fully live.

Amen

Bearing Fruit

April 18, 2021

Galatians 5:22-26

Help us Lord bear the fruit of your Spirit,

love and joy,

free us from our hate and fear;

peace,

heal our anger and resentment;

patience, kindness, and goodness,

may we see and nurture the goodness embedded in all your children;

faithfulness,

let your command to love our neighbor as ourselves guide our way;

gentleness,

may we forgive ourselves and others as we move forward;

self-control,

may we think harder, choose our words more carefully, listen well, and act wisely.

Help us bear fruit O Lord.

Amen

Wisdom of the Lord

April 11, 2021

Today’s prayer is adapted from Psalm 15.

Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?

He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart

and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman,

who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his word even when it hurts,

he does not take unfair advantage of those in need, and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things will never be shaken.

Lord help us to find hope in your word, and to choose leaders who follow your path of humility, wisdom and peace.

Amen

Palm Sunday 2021

March 28, 2021

Today’s prayer is adapted from Ps. 5:4-12; See also Luke 19:41-44

Forgive us Lord when we fail to see the path to peace and follow those who lead with false promises.

Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their hearts are filled with destruction.

And we follow at our peril for you are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell.

The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong.

You destroy all who tell lies.

Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, because they falsely claim your name.

Shield us Lord, and retrieve those who have gone astray. Lead us in your better way that we may avoid the fate of Jerusalem.

Amen

Guide Us Towards Peace

March 14, 2021

O Lord, save us from

  • lies told,
  • ill-will carefully nurtured,
  • unfounded fears and suspicion,
  • unexamined anger and resentment.

Turn us around O Lord on the roads we have taken.

Encourage us in our efforts to

  • assume goodwill,
  • seek your truth,
  • share your mercy,
  • be kind to one another.

O Lord, put our feet on the path to peace and guide us forward.

Amen

Seeking Peace

February 14, 2021

Lord, lead us to peace

  • peace in our hearts;
  • peace our thoughts;
  • peace in our homes;
  • peace in our cities;
  • peace in our capitols, federal and state;
  • peace in our country;
  • peace in our world.

We are so tired Lord, and we have struggled with our fears and our resentments for too long.

Show us the way O Lord, lead us to peace.

Amen

Confession

February 7, 2021

Forgive us Lord, for we have sinned.

We have allowed technology to command our focus and fracture our attention.

We have closed our hearts and isolated ourselves, retreating from our fellow citizens.

We have followed the false gods of money and power and celebrity, and so lost our way.

Free us O Lord to see our world as it is; open our eyes to its needs.

Free us O Lord from our loneliness; help us create connected, resilient communities.

Return us O Lord to the right paths; help us to ensure the safety, the tranquility, the dignity of all.

Let us heed your admonition to turn from evil and do good, to seek and pursue peace. (Ps 34:14)

Forgive us, and lead us, O Lord.

Amen

Humility and Peace

January 31, 2021

Lord, we know you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. (Nehemiah 9:17).

Stick with us, and guide us Lord, despite our quarrelsome ways.

Give us the humility to seek out different points of view, to find the wisdom in others. (Proverbs 15:22)

Turn us from those who feed hate and fear and resentment, and towards those who are willing to come together, reason together, and find a path forward together.

Help us to be both merciful and just, ensuring the accountability necessary to protect our future.

Put us on the path of a peace founded on empathy, equality and good governance, for we know this brings both joy and prosperity.

Help us to repent, to learn from our sins, and to be better than we are.

Amen

Turning Point

January 24, 2021

Thank you Lord for our democracy holding and a peaceful transfer of power.

Help us to recommit to democratic values,* repair our foundations, and rebuild.

Turn us from the sins of anger, hate, factionalism, and resentment. (Galatians 5:20)

Lead us in your paths of justice, kindness, and mercy. (2 Chronicles 7:14; Ps. 25:4-5; Galatians 22-23)

May we, in the words of our Vice President,** emerge from our trials with new wisdom, imagining new possibilities. Help us to open our hearts to one another.

May we, with your help, be so zealous and successful at pursuing your justice and peace that we, like Hezekiah and his people, find ourselves rejoicing at the speed of our progress. (2 Chronicles 29:36).

Amen

*As identified in the National Council For The Social Studies C3 Framework: honesty, mutual respect, cooperation, attention to multiple perspectives, equality, liberty, and freedom.

**Paraphrased from Vice President Kamala Harris’ remarks at the Covid-19 Memorial Service, January 19, 2021.