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A Selection of Prayers

Grace Before Meals

God of grace,
Sustain our bodies with this food,
Our hearts with true friendship
And our souls with your truth.
For Christ's sake.
Amen

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Starting a New Day

A prayer by Wayne Muller (from the Micah Group collection)

Remember who you love
Remember what is sacred
Remember what is true
Remember that you will die
and that this day is a gift
Remember how you wish to live

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During the Day

A prayer for quiet confidence (BCP, page 832)

O God of peace,
who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved,
in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength:

By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee, to thy presence,
where we may be still and know that thou art God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

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Ending the Day

From An Order for Compline (BCP page134)

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep.

Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake.

Amen.

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Prayers of the People on Trinity Sunday

2008, written by our Deacon, Pam Nesbit

Let us offer in silence our prayers to God

Pause

O God beyond us, lead us forward to pray.
O God beside us, teach us gently to pray,
O God within us, fill our hearts to pray.

Pause

Holy God beyond us,
You create and sustain all things,
But only by the power of self-giving love.
We celebrate your creativity,
The risk and imagination you reveal in making such wild diversity in the world:
The rhinoceros and the dragonfly,
The Himalayas and the spiders web,
The earthworm and the human brain.
There is mystery and joy at the heart of creation.
Holy God the creator, we celebrate the mystery
and the joy which is found, even in us.

Silence

Son of God, beside us,
You never leave us comfortless.
Always you walk with us, neither too far ahead nor a step behind
And you teach us the love songs of the Kingdom.
Bless, we pray, those who have not noticed that you are there beside them

Or who have chosen to ignore you.
Bless those who are dying of loneliness
And those who need you so desperately.
In our hearts we name one or two such people before you,
And pray that they will raise their eyes to see you,
Son of God, beside us.

Silence

Holy spirit, within us,
Always you are seeking to infiltrate our lives with peace and strength;
Always you are trying to give us more of yourself.
And yet we often feel empty and afraid,
And so does the community of nations.
Fill, we pray, all those dark, dank places of this world with your warm life:
Those places where violence terrorizes people
Those places where hunger stalks the land.
And where there are people we know in whom hope is running low,
Be for them a summer breeze and a spring of fresh water,
Holy Spirit, within us.

Silence

O God beyond us, give us faith.
O Christ beside us, give us peace.
O Spirit within us, give us life.
 

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What to do in the Darkness

A poem by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

Go slowly
Consent to it
But don't wallow in it
Know it as a place of germination
And growth
Remember the light
Take an outstretched hand if you find one
Exercise unused senses
Find the path by walking it
Practice trust
Watch for dawn
 

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A Prayer of Hope

The Millenium Development Goals: A Prayer of Hope

adapted by Bob Anderson


Lord, make us the hands of your hope.
Where there is hunger, let us share our bread.
Where there is thirst, let us dig wells.
Where there is illiteracy, let us build schools.
Where women suffer discrimination, let us demand equality and empowerment.
Where mothers die giving birth unattended, let us provide midwifes for all deliveries.
Where children die of preventable diseases, let us build medical clinics.
Where malaria and AIDS kill, let us provide mosquito nets, condoms, and anti-retroviral drugs.
Where the earth is despoiled, let us make environmental responsibility a daily habit.
Where there is a conflict between nations over the earth's resources, let us seek a global partnership for development.
Grant that we may not so much seek to be comforted, as to offer comfort to the destitute.
Grant that we may not so much seek to be understood, as to understand the needs of others.
Grant that we may not so much need to be loved as to love our neighbors in need.
For it is in giving good news to the poor that we receive good news,
It is in saving the lives of others that we save our own, and
It is in spreading peace and prosperity for all God's children that God's heavenly rule comes to earth.
 

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