Category Archives: Prayer

A prayer for this day, a prayer for every day

Creator God,

thank you for this day.

Help us trust that

you will give us

the grace and strength

and whatever we need

to face what this day brings

We pray in the name of

Creator Sets Free [Jesus].

Amen.

inspired by “Gift from Creator Tells the Good Story 6:33-34” in the First Nations Version: An Indigenous Translation of the New Testament

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A prayer for Taiwan, Japan, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Alaska, eastern Kentucky, and all places dealing with disasters and their aftermath

God of all creation, 

when the earth shakes,

you are God. 

When the waters rage,

you are God. 

When winds howl and rains batter,

you are God. 

When floods rise and power fails, 

you are God. 

In all your children face, endure, and experience,

you are God. 

Present with us. 

Sharing our situation. 

Offering support. . 

When your children stand in need,

you are God

Provide comfort to those who mourn,

healing for those who are injured,

strength to those who respond first,

guidance for those who extend care,

and compassion and wisdom for all who help rebuild. 

Inspire all nations and peoples,

inspire us

to reach out in ways that help your children, our siblings, wherever they may be. 

In Jesus’ name we pray. 

Amen. 

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Una oración en un dia de tormentas

(translated by Marissa Galván)
Dios del viento, 
Dios del sol, 
Dios de la lluvia, 
Dios de la furia, 
Dios de la calma, 
Dios de la tormenta, 
oramos por lugares, pueblos y criaturas 
que hacen frente a climas severod. 
Te pedimos por Alaska 
en donde la gente se enfrenta 
A los remanentes del Tifón Merbok; 
Te pedimos por Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes, 
y por Guadalupe y otras islas del Caribe 
en donde acecha la Tormenta Tropical Fiona; 
y por los lugares y lospueblos 
que se enfrentan a tormentas 
que no sabemos o conocemos. 
Tanto en Alaska, como en Puerto Rico, 
y en cada lugar y todo lugar, 
protege a las personas y a tus criaturas, 
dirige a quienes toman medidas para aumentar la seguridad, 
da fortaleza a las personas que responden y a las que se preparan para responder, 
e inspira a las naciones y organizaciones del mundo 
para que proporcionen la asistencia adecuada. 
Esto lo pedimos en el nombre de Jesús 
que calmó la tormenta. 
A prayer on a day of stormsAmén.

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A prayer on a day of storms

God of the wind,

God of the sun,

God of the rain,

God of the fury,

God of the calm,

God of the storm,

we pray for places, peoples, and creatures

facing severe weather.

For Alaska as the people face

the remnants of Typhoon Merbok;

for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands,

and for Guadeloupe and other islands in the Caribbean

where Tropical Storm Fiona prowls;

and for places and peoples

who face storms of which we are unaware.

In Alaska,

in Puerto Rico,

in each place and every place,

protect the people and your creatures,

guide those who take steps to increase safety,

strengthen those who respond, and who are preparing to respond,

inspire the nations and organizations of the world

to provide appropriate assistance.

This we pray in the name of Jesus

who stilled a storm.

Amen.

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A prayer for everyone who grieves – a prayer for us all

We pray, O God,

for everyone who knows grief

be grief recent and raw

or from long ago and seemingly buried,

be grief for a solitary reason

or a complex situation snarled from multiple causes,

be grief a dull ache of loss and longing

or a sharp, almost unbearable tearing,

We pray, O God,

for everyone who knows grief

and because impermanence and loss

are woven into the fabric of creation and life,

we pray for us all, even ourselves.

May we have the grace to grieve

in the ways that bring healing to us;

may we find the courage

to accept appropriate help as, grief-stricken,

we make our way through shadowed valleys.

May we restrain our judgements,

check our expectations,

and allow each person

the freedom and space

to grieve in their own fashion.

Grant each person

the strength to mourn

and the wisdom to rely on you

as they grieve.

We pray in the name of Jesus

who wept at the death of his friend.

Amen.

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A fat man prays in a world that knows hunger

God of abundance,

we pray for people who are hungry,

people who live with food insecurity. 

Lead us by your Holy Spirit

to help feed your children, our siblings,

who are in need

Lead us by your Holy Spirit

to join movements

working to disrupt and transform

systems and factors that create and perpetuate

hunger and food insecurity;

ensure that your children, our siblings, 

are able to feed themselves in dignity. 

We pray in the name of Jesus 

who fed the multitudes

and challenges the system of domination. 

Amen. 

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A prayer after thirty minutes on the treadmill

On nights when

Oreos cookies and Snickers candy bars

(and whatever other sweet snacks

may be on sale)

mightily call us,

we thank you God

for your gentle, forceful Holy Spirit

who nudges us to the gym

and meets us on the treadmill.

We thank you for

family and friends

who affirm and support

our response to the Holy Spirit’s work.

May we listen ever more intently

to your Holy Spirit

who calls us to care for one another,

to care for creation,

and to care four ourselves.

May we listen

and may we respond more faithfully,

we pray in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

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LIGHTING CANDLES IN THE WIND, by Mark Koenig

Thanks to my friend Krin Van Tatenhove for inviting me to write about hope for his blog.

Reflections on the Journey

May your strength give us strength
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
May your love give us love
– Bruce Springsteen, “Into the Fire”

Hope is like lighting candles in the wind…

The northern and southern parts of Sudan engaged in periodic conflict since the country achieved independence in 1956. In at least two instances, the conflict rose to the level where it was considered a civil war. The second began in 1983 and lasted, off and on, until a Comprehensive Peace Agreement was brokered in 2005. The CPA, as it is called, provided that the people of the south could vote to remain part of Sudan or to become their own country. After six years, that referendum finally occurred.

From January 9-15, 2011, the people of southern Sudan had their chance to vote.In support of their effort, an interfaith community in New…

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A prayer for the family, colleagues, and friends of the Rev. Dr. James Reese

The Rev. Dr. James Reese died on June 17 at age 98; he served over 70 years as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); he lived his life in ministry.

For the Rev. Dr. James Foster Reese (presente!):
for his life and love
for his faith and kindness
for his courage and witness
for his persistent challenge to white supremacy
for his insistent commitment to justice
for his consistent service to Jesus,
revealed in so many ways but particularly
as he ‘refused to leave the table’ where decisions were made
even when he felt pushed to the margins and ignored,
thanks be to God.
For his wife, Neola,
his family,
his friends,
his colleagues in ministry,
his mentees,
and all who knew and loved him,
we ask your comfort, God.
Keep his memory present and alive
as an inspiration and example to us all.
We pray in the name of Jesus
who the Rev. Dr. Reese followed.
Amen.

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A prayer for children – all our children

Parent God,
they are all our children.
Their stories lead the nightly news,
their stories never told,
they are all our children.
Their names on a list,
their names unknown,
they are all our children.
Their faces tweeted,
their faces unseen,
they are all our children.
In Uvalde,
they are all our children.
In Chicago,
they are all our children.
In Kandahar Province, (Afghanistan)
they are all our children.
In Atma town, Idlib, (Syria)
they are all our children.
In Kramatorsk, (Ukraine)
they are all our children.
In Drakpa, (Democratic Republic of Congo)
they are all our children.
In Tultepec, (Mexico)
they are all our children.
In Jenin, (Palestine)
they are all our children.,
In Hlaing Tharyar Township (Myanmar)
they are all our children.
In any place,
they are all our children.
In every place,
they are all our children.
Inspire us to repeat the words
until we understand the words,
believe the words,
until we live the words.
They are all our children.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

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