Prayer for October 20: Please pray with me. God of welcome, you call to us to communicate your message of Good News to many around us. So many walk in the darkness of this world. Yet, your message is a light to the world. Open our eyes to see those around us that need to hear your message. Open our arms to welcome those who need to be accompanied. Open our ears to hear the stories of the lives we connect with. Open our hearts to welcome people – as they are, not to change them into us. Open our minds, and tear down our defenses that try to make others conform to us. Help us to know that every time someone new enters our community, the community changes. Amen.
Prayer for September 29: Please pray with me. God of community, today we pray for those who feel alone. Remind us that we are not alone, that you are always with us. Remind us that we are loved. Remind us that you are present. Help us to be your presence, your love, and your companionship to others who are suffering. Amen.
Prayer for September 27: Please pray with me. God of the church, today we pray that you would touch your church. Remind us that your church is both family and community. Remind us that these terms comes with strengths and weaknesses, challenges and opportunities. We ask that you would awaken your church to the possibilities you have in store for us. Amen.
Prayer for August 29: Please pray with me. God who is, today we pray for wisdom. Give us insight to be able to tell others about you. Not is ways that push people away. Rather in ways that share how you change people’s lives. It is in sharing this good news with others that conversations open up, relationships are built, and there is thriving life around us. Make us instruments of your peace and builders of community. Amen.
Prayer for August 10: Please pray with me. Triune God, you are the very essence of community – three in one. You are a mystery that reveals yourself to us throughout history. In you we see what ideal community really is. Yet, how hard it is for us to live out community. So often our egos get in the way. Often our fears and worries and anxiety separates us from community. Far to often those in leadership and those that seek power raise anxiety levels and find ways to separate people rather than bring them together. Tear down the walls that divide us from our neighbors. Open the doors of our hearts to those that have been enemies. Remove the fences we place around ourselves that separate us from others. Take the blinders off of our eyes so that we can see that others around us – even those that are different from us because of skin color, nationality, language, economic level, educational level, and more – have value and are a valued part of our community. Together we fare far better than alone. Amen.
Prayer for May 4: Please pray with me. God of congregations, today we ask for a blessing on congregations. Congregations gather in to community, hear your word, experience you, and are sent out to be your hands and feet. Bless them so they can be a blessing on others. Amen.