Prayer for November 14

Prayer for November 14: Please pray with me.  God of language, who is the Word, we lift up those who need a word of Good News in their lives.  We ask for a blessing for all who proclaim your Good News in places and with people who live in darkness in the world.  Be a word of grace, mercy, and forgiveness to people who rarely experience these gifts.  The world can be merciless and unforgiving, yet you offer an alternative Lord.  Help the hearers of this Word to be open to hearing it for what it is – an invitation to restored relationship with you.  Amen.

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Prayer for October 24

Prayer for October 24: Please pray with me. Eternal Word, we pray that you would speak words of mercy and understanding through each one of us.  Speak words of forgiveness when we screw up.  Speak words of compassion when there is confusion.  Speak words of dignity when we feel we have had our humanity taken away from us.  Speak words of reconciliation when we are caught in division.  Amen.

Prayer for September 1

Prayer for September 1: Please pray with me. God who is the Word, we pray that we would hear your word for what it is.  We pray that we would not try to twist it to make it into something that it is not.  Open our ears to hear the Law and Gospel that is present.  Open our ears also to hear when the Bible is used as a tool to divide and condemn.  Give us legs to run far away from this.  Open our hearts to hear your word and take it in and in so doing, change who we are.  Amen.

Prayer for July 24

Prayer for July 24: Please pray with me. God of the unexpected, today we ask that you surprise us.  Open our eyes to see and our ears to hear your Word anew.  Help us to hear your word of grace and love for those around us – friend and foe.  Help us to see the humanity of those around us.  Remind us that our job is not to judge and force others to be like us and adopt our version of “right.” Instead our job is to respond to the grace and love you give us by being wheat in the midst of weeds – to live differently, to proactively live out the kingdom, to forgive, to love, to care, to be peacemakers. Amen

Prayer for November 16

Prayer for November 16: Please pray with me. God of the cosmos, today we pray for your church.  We are fond of claiming that the church is more than the building, yet how we latch and attach ourselves onto the importance of our buildings.  Remind us that the church is called to not only care for those inside the church, but we are called to go out from the building, having been fed with your word and sacrament, so that we can serve our neighbors.  Amen.