Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Inattention

August 16, 2020

Forgive us our inattention, Lord, to the suffering of others.

Forgive us our willingness to ignore oppression when it brings us economic gain.

Forgive us our inclination to hoard our time, talent, and treasure and to distract ourselves with trivial entertainments.

Open our eyes Lord. Show us how we can reallocate our wealth, and strengthen us to follow-through. (Lev. 25:8-17).

Open our hearts Lord. Teach us how to share and care for one another. (Acts 2:44-47, 4:32-35).

Open our minds Lord, that we might not be misled by the temptations of this world.

Help us to discern and pursue the riches of your kingdom that we might live in peace and prosper as one people, one country. (Luke 12:13-21, 1 Timothy 6:6-16, Proverbs 3:13-18, 27).

Forgive us, and guide us O Lord.

Amen

Using Our Freedoms

August 9, 2020

Free us from our fears O Lord, so that we might embrace the freedoms we have create our future.

Freedom to move beyond prejudice, beyond partisanship, beyond the old narratives of division and anger and loss.

Freedom to grow in relationship with others.

Freedom to learn and grow in wisdom and understanding

Redeem all of your children Lord, that we might heal from the sins of our past.

Release us from ties that too tightly bind us to ritual, to place, to power, to the familiar, so that we might explore and experience the beauty of all of your creation.

Forgive us and guide us, O Lord.

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

In Need Of Courage

July 26, 2020

Lord, give us the courage to move forward and not fall back –

  • courage to work through our fears,
  • courage to put aside the old patterns of exclusion and denial,
  • courage to confront our hate and anger,
  • courage to care for one another.

Give us the courage to challenge –

  • mendacity,
  • fake news,
  • narratives of hate and fear,
  • paranoia and conspiracy theories masquerading as facts.

Give us the courage to bridge our divides and work together to build a future better than our past –

  • more just,
  • more equitable,
  • more merciful,
  • more compassionate.

Guide us O Lord, teach us your paths, show us your ways, guide us in your truth and give us hope. (Ps. 25:4-5).

Amen

Doing What’s Right

July 19, 2020

We recommend this letter from the Missouri Union Presbytery.

Lord, we thank you for the life John Lewis and his dedication to justice.

Let us too hear and follow the words of your prophets –

This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

Jeremiah 22:3

And of your Son –

“Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 22:37-39

And of your disciples –

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God. . . Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

1 Timothy 6:17-19

Help us O Lord to find ways to move forward together and build a more just economy and culture.

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.

Moving Forward

June 14, 2020

Lord, we know what to do for you have told us:

to love you and

to love others as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39);

to love even our enemies (Matthew 5:44);

to act justly, to love mercy, to follow with humility the path you set out (Micah 6:8);

to seek wisdom (Proverbs 3:11-24);

to do good and share with others (Hebrews 13:16);

to welcome the stranger and care for the poor (James 1:27, Zechariah 7:9-10);

to grow and bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-26).

But we have become polluted by the world (James 1:27),

aligned with those who divide (Romans 16:17),

entertained and misled by deceit and hypocrisy and slander (1 Peter 2:1),

entranced by the deceitfulness of wealth, and

overwhelmed by the demands of our daily lives (Matthew 13:22, Luke 8:14).

We have wandered from your ways.

Forgive us Lord.

Help us now to put our faith into action, and to build a better world.

Amen

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

Pentecost 2020

May 31, 2020

Come Holy Ghost, Creator blest, and in our heart take up thy rest. Come with your grace and heavenly aid, And fill the hearts which you have made.

Come Holy Ghost, Pentecost Hymn, Rabanus Maurus, 776-856.

On this Pentecost Sunday, Lord, people are dying, cities are burning, and our future is uncertain.

For generations you have put before us both a path to peace and prosperity, and one that leads to destruction and death. (Deuteronomy 30:15, Acts 2: 28).

Too often Lord we choose the wrong way, and then having lost our way, we cry out in despair. (Judges 2-10).

Yet you are ever with us and hear our cry. Your love and forgiveness are everlasting. Let them guide us forward, loosening the grip of hate and fear, inequity and greed, to a better way.

Spirit of Truth, you live in us (John 14:17), guide us to your peace.

Amen