Posts Tagged ‘United States’

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

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

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

In Need of Mercy and Grace

June 7, 2020

Today’s prayer is an adaptation of Ps. 33:18-22 that appeared in The Book of Family Prayer by Robert Webber (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1986.)

Lord, we believe Your eye is upon those who fear You,

Those who have hope in You.

Lord, we wait upon you;

For You are our help and our shield.

Our hearts rejoice in You

Because we have trusted in your holy name.

Lord, let Your mercy be upon us

As we hope on You,

And send upon us

Your Holy Spirit, 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

Faith In Politics

February 9, 2020

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity. Ps. 133:1

Lord, how do we put our faith in action?

How do we speak up in the face of factions, fear, falsehoods, aggression, coercion, corruption, arrogance, or resentment?

How do we practice self-control, engage the generosity of your Spirit, listen, and forgive?

Show us Lord, the better way.

Amen

Practicing Peace

January 19, 2020

“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” 1 John 4:19-21

Guide us O Lord into the paths of your peace. (Lk 1:79; Eph. 6:15)

Help us to pursue peace in our thoughts and in all of our interactions with others. (Ps. 34:14)

Help us to resist the dangerous sport of dismissing, denying, deflecting, or deriding those with whose views we disagree.

Help us to be quick to listen and slow to become angry. (James 1:19-20)

Fill us O Lord with the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control that unite and heal. (Galatians 5: 22-26)

Help us O Lord, to love and care for one another that we might live in peace.

Amen

Pursuing Peace

January 12, 2020

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18

“Whoever would love life, . . . he must seek peace and pursue it.” 1 Peter 3:10-11

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you. . . ” Romans 15:7

“Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:18

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. . . ” Colossians 3:15

Help us O Lord to value your peace and to pursue it, in our hearts and in our world. Guide us O Lord.

Amen

Seeking Peace

January 4, 2020

They will neither harm or destroy on all my holy mountain for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord . . . Isaiah 11:9

Keep before us a vision of your peace O Lord.

Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;

from fear, intolerance, and terror;

from factions, tribalism, and hyper-partisanship;

from lies, deceit, and mendacity;

from pride and arrogance and every evil way.

Help us pursue your peace O Lord.

Pray For Our Country

July 4, 2015

On this 4th of July as we think about our country’s past struggles, current condition, and future, we invite you to review and add your prayers to the following verses, most of which are adapted from the “Prayer For Our Nation” in the Lutheran Book of Worship:

Bless our land and people with honest industry, and an honorable way of life.

Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil course of action.

Make us who come from many nations, with many different languages and cultures, a united people.

Let us provide a truthful education, and informed public discourse.

Give those whom we have entrusted with the authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that there might be justice and peace in our land.

Help us to understand and value our interdependence as much as our freedoms, and help us forgive and care for one another.

We need your help O Lord, and seek your guidance.

Amen