Prayers



Asking Difficult Questions [A Prayer]

Good and gracious God, We want a deeper faith. We want to know you more fully, but we are also sometimes worried to ask too many questions, to have it seem too much like we are uncertain. May we learn to hold on to a love that is so unquenchable it is willing to ask…

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Letting Go of Self-importance [A Prayer]

Good and gracious God, Sometimes to be the people we feel called to be we must do things which can feel impossible. Most of us have doubts and questions and negative thoughts about ourselves at times. Sometimes it seems humanity is just wired that way. Pride and feeling important can feel like a needed counterbalance…

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Bringing Justice [A Prayer]

Good and gracious God, Rescue us from our self-importance. Pull us from the depths of our short-sighted selfishness. Remind us of the interconnectedness of life. Convict us with the reality that a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Inspire us toward lives lived out for others — lives that persistently shout…

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Loving Others [A Prayer]

Good and gracious God, In a world where you can love your family and love your car, it can be difficult to truly understand the love we are called to practice. With so many ideas and understandings of love we provide ourselves with a buffet of choices for how to treat our neighbor and still…

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Living in the Moment [A Prayer]

Good and gracious God, Sometimes we get so caught up in planning the future and remembering the past that we miss opportunities in the here and now. Rather than focusing on the realities of now, we concentrate on skewed memories of what was or hopeful projections of what could be. Call us to each moment.…

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Finding God in the Sunset [A Prayer]

Good and gracious God, I suppose I’m one of those ‘idiots’ who can find you in a sunset. I see you in the swooping play of seagulls and in the quiet stillness of deep waters. I have heard a silent hymn sung by the light of the Milky Way and I have heard the choral…

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Pentecost [A Prayer]

God of all nations and peoples, We come before you rejoicing in many languages. We give thanks for the movement of your Spirit. And even as we do, we confess that sometimes we fear the Spirit and its proclivity for being unruly, unexpected, unconventional and down-right unconcerned with what we want or how things have…

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Being a Follower [A Prayer]

Good and gracious God, Far too frequently we find ourselves taking on the moniker of Christian but not following through with the behavior which should accompany that name. We gossip about our neighbor. We dispense judgements against those who are different from us. We leap to negative conclusions about others when their behavior doesn’t match…

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Loving Abundantly [A Prayer]

Good and gracious God, In a world where you can both LOVE your family and LOVE Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream, it can be difficult to truly understand the love you call us to practice. With so many ideas and understandings of love we provide ourselves with a buffet of choices for how to…

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Be Like Thomas [A Prayer of Questioning]

Good and gracious God, We want a deeper faith. We want to know you more fully, but we are also sometimes worried to ask too many questions, to have it seem too much like we are uncertain. Let us hold up Thomas as an example, of a love that is so unquenchable it is willing…

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New Beginnings [An Easter Prayer]

Good and gracious God, As people around the world gather to remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ, may we not forget to honor the life and teachings of Jesus. What he taught us, was what he would show us on Easter: That with Love, there are no endings. That with…

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Stop Violence [A Prayer]

Good and gracious God, We live in a world that swirls with violence. At times it seems that every news show and headline start with a story about hate, aggression or some show of force. It has become the water we swim in. It has become all too familiar. Even when we react with disdain…

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Unconditional Love [A Prayer]

Good and gracious God, In a world where you can both LOVE your family  and LOVE Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream, it can be difficult to truly understand the love we are called to practice. With so many ideas and understandings of love we provide ourselves with a buffet of choices for how to…

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The Dance of Life [A Prayer]

Good and gracious Good, Life constantly invites us to dance. Life, nature, the Universe are playing a continual melody: songs of joy and new life, songs of endings and loss, songs of glee and silliness, songs of difficulty and sorrow. Songs of life. Too frequently, we do not accept this invitation. Too frequently, we find…

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Peace on Earth [A Prayer]

A Prayer for Peace Good and gracious God, Peace  escapes us as a people. We think of it as a destination rather than a way of life. We act as if we can create it in the world and then just sort of live in it. May we learn that peace does not work that…

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As We Approach Christmas [A Prayer]

Good and gracious God, As the Church looks toward Advent we also find ourselves surrounded by the beginnings of the secular celebration of Christmas. As we hear preachers and teachers encouraging us to wait for Christmas, to appreciate the anticipation of the coming of the child who will be born in a manger, as we…

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Judging Others [A Prayer]

Good and gracious God, Sometimes on this journey toward you we get mightily confused and begin to think that our job on this mysterious journey has more to do with the journey of others than our own. At times, we find ourselves measuring our own journeys in relationship to other people’s lives. Judging them. Pitying…

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On Love and Fear [A Prayer]

Good and gracious God, We don’t like to think that anyone other than ourselves is in control of our lives. But we do recognize that we allow too many people to shape our lives even though we are called to live into the people we truly are. We know how you ask us to relate…

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Letting Go of the Need for Power [A Prayer]

Good and gracious God, In a world where power and might are, at times, valued above all else, we find ourselves painting pictures of you as the most powerful and the most mighty. We begin to believe that in all things you come with power and might… and because of it, we miss seeing you.…

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Mother’s Day [A More Inclusive Prayer]

Good and gracious God, In the scriptures we are reminded of your abundance of mothering qualities. From eagles wings which lift us up to nursing mothers which will not abandon us, biblically, we are assured that you love us deeply. Today, we pause to give thanks for the deep love of mothers. We give thanks…

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