Posts Tagged ‘service’

Your Kingdom Come

September 20, 2020

We thank you Lord for those who build your kingdom –

  • for those who step forward to care for us, even at risk to themselves;
  • for those who accept the call to military service;
  • for those who, despite fear and threats, take action in the pursuit of justice;
  • for those who speak up to defend rather than diminish our democratic ideals of community and trust;
  • for those working to ensure all can vote;
  • for those who feed the hungry and provide support to those who have lost their jobs;
  • for those who shelter the homeless;
  • for those who educate our children;
  • for those who comfort the grieving;
  • for those who reach out in hope and healing.

Bless all of these who are doing your kingdom work here and now.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Amen

A Thousand Points of Light

October 18, 2009

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12

Lord, we thank you for volunteers:  Those who teach, who clean up, who raise money, who clothe, who feed, who build, who repair, who plant, who heal, who organize, who donate, and who help in many other ways to sustain our communities.

We thank you for leaders who were not afraid to dream of a better world, and so set up infrastructures that have sustained generations of volunteers:  John Kennedy and the  Peace Corps, George H.W. Bush and his thousand points of light, Bill Clinton and AmeriCorps, and others throughout our states and cities who help connect citizens to the work that needs to be done.

As our current president promotes national days of service, let new generations and more individuals heed the call to public service.  As we work together, help us to form new relationships, strengthen the bonds of brotherhood, and re-energize our civic life.  Help us O Lord.

Amen