Posts Tagged ‘United States’

Our Redeemer Lives

April 4, 2021

Alleluia! Our Redeemer lives.

In us and through us.

He is our

living hope,

saving help,

refuge in times of trouble,

our guide towards grace.

Free us O Lord from the sins of greed and self-regard.

Fill our hearts with compassion.

Guide us that we too might live, caring for and serving others.

Amen

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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

Hope

March 21, 2021

Thank you Lord for vaccines and sunny days; the sounds of children playing, a casual encounter with friends, flowers pushing up through the earth, a good meal.

For all these things that give us hope.

Don’t let the gun shots, the hurt that fills our hearts, the hate that spews through our media, or the uncertainty that surrounds us, take that hope away.

Help us to focus on the many signs of your presence in our world, and reach out to others in love and compassion.

Lead us forward O Lord.

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

God Guides Us

March 7, 2021

Today’s prayer is paraphrased from several of the Psalms (NIV).

Do not fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround us. (Ps. 49:5)

For God will guide us.

He has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted; he has not hidden his face but has listened to our cry for help. (Ps. 22:24)

And God will guide us.

He will rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and the needy from those who rob them. (Ps. 35:10)

And God will guide us.

He will repay the wicked for their deeds and for their evil work; repay them for what their hands have done and bring back upon them what they deserve. (Ps. 28:4)

And God will guide us.

We can still be confident of this: We will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, for he is with us always. (Ps. 27:13)

For our God guides us.

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (Ps. 27:14)

Amen

God With Us

February 21, 2021

Matthew 1:23, 7:12, 8:16-17; Is. 53:4-6; Ps. 103

We thank you Lord for coming to be with us.

For choosing to take on our infirmities, heal our diseases, comfort our sorrows, carry our burdens, forgive our transgressions, and suffer for our inequities.

Be with us still, and stay with us, despite our many lapses.

Guide us, care for us, and teach us your ways, so we might better do for one another as you have done for us.

We confess our constant need for your presence O Lord, and praise your Holy Name.

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.