Posts Tagged ‘peace’

Love

September 13, 2020

Today’s prayer is adapted from Romans 12:9-21 and 14:17-19.

Teach us to love O Lord –

  • to share, not hoard or waste, our resources and assets;
  • to welcome the stranger;
  • to hate what is evil yet cling to what is good;
  • to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer;
  • to forgive even those who harm us and ever focus forward on what we might be if we loved others as you do.

Help us to find the ways that lead to peace and mutual learning.

Guide us with your Holy Spirit as we seek the justice, peace, and joy that love can bring.

Support us Lord, as we confront evil, so that we might not be overcome, but might overcome evil with good.

Amen

Deceit

August 30, 2020

Lead us O Lord, through the divisive rhetoric, appeals to fear, misinformation, and other deceits of our political times.

Help us to trust in you and follow your paths.

Awaken us O Lord, to the world as it is and to our own role in its suffering.

Help us to see the possibilities for peace and future prosperity for all.

Create with us O Lord, a democracy and a country where all might thrive.

Let us not be deceived or turned from your ways.

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

The Change We Need

June 28, 2020

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:23

We are used to empty promises.

Legislation well named but devoid of content. Unfunded mandates and standards without consequences. The creation of commissions and the drafting of studies and reports, all with no action that might bring about real change.

Let this time be different Lord.

Help us to enact laws that move us forward.

Laws that might actually advance our collective health and safety.

Laws that could provide a foundation for future growth.

Laws that reflect our ideal of liberty and justice for all.

Laws that will bring us peace.

Help us Lord, to create the change we need.

Amen.

Hope For Our Future

May 24, 2020

. . . There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds a mystery, Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.” Hymn of Promise, v. 2, Natalie Sleeth, 1986.

Lord God who knows our future, strengthen our hope in the unseen. (Romans 8:24; 2 Corinthians 4:18)

Guide us through these difficult days towards life and peace. (Romans 8:6)

Help us to persevere that we might know, and share, and build on your love. (Romans 5:1-5)

Help us rise above hate and fear, disrupting factions and finding a better way. (Galations 5:19-26)

Move us forward, O Lord.

Amen

Open Our Eyes

May 9, 2020

“Open my eyes, that I might see glimpses of truth thou hast for me . . .”

Clara H. Scott, 1895; Open My Eyes That I May See, Chalice Hymnal, #586

With you Lord all things are possible (Mt. 19:26).

Please show us the possible in our broken world.

Show us the possible of a people-centered economy, the possible of rebuilding our communities, the possible of healing and caring for each other.

Show us the possible of a path to peace and the quieting of our partisan bickering. Show us the hope of a better future for all, O Lord.

Show us your ways, teach us your paths; guide us in your truth and teach us (Ps. 25:4-5).

Walk beside us through these difficult days.

Amen

Here To Guide Us

April 26, 2020

Christ is risen! Raise your spirits, from the caverns of despair. Walk with gladness in the morning. See what love can do and dare.”

Brian Wren, 1986. Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna! Chalice Hymnal, #222.

Lord support and guide us as we work to heal the sick, comfort the grieving, shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, reach out to the lonely, and support the unemployed. Help us to think beyond our fears, find joy in those around us, and work for a more peaceful and prosperous world for all. Help us embrace and share the hope that flows from your love, O Lord. Amen

Trusting In God

March 29, 2020

God of light, eternal and bright shining, do not allow the noises and shadows of this fleeting world confuse us.” – Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)

Lord, as our routines are disrupted, our diversions disappear, and our futures grow increasingly uncertain, guide us through our fear, anger, and confusion.

Help us to trust in you.

As we sort through our media feeds, listen to the talking heads, and receive conflicting advice, focus us on what is true and hopeful and kind.

Give us a discerning spirit, O Lord.

As we seek to stay connected in community, help us find peace and comfort in what we can do and share, knowing that you walk closely with us in all things.

Help us to persevere, O Lord.

Amen

Building Peace

January 25, 2020

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9

Lord, please cure our warring madness, bend our lives to your control.*

Help us to witness to the dignity of others and to your faith and justice and mercy.

Give us the compassion and knowledge to share our blessings and alleviate the sufferings of others.

Help us to avoid the lies that you hate, and pursue the truth and love that lead to peace. (Zechariah 8:16-17)

Give us the courage to see our world as it is and to challenge its systems and shortcomings.

Show us your ways, teach us your paths. (Ps. 25:4-5)

For you are a God of love and not disorder, of peace and not of chaos. (1 Corinthians 14:33)

We need your help O Lord.

Amen

*Chalice Hymnal, Chalice Press, 1998, # 464 God of Grace and God of Glory, v.3, Harry Emerson Fosdick.