Love

For Love

Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are worth nothing. Send your Holy Spirit And pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, The true bond of peace and highest sign of your presence, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you. Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake, who is…

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Blessing

Blessing Of Truth

May you understand the truth of how much the Father loves you, May you walk with Jesus the Truth and the Way, May the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, fill you with great joy as you serve in his world. Amen.   – Eunice Wallis – This blessing reflects on how the Holy Spirit ‘calls gathers and enlightens’ us!

Lament, Poets

Lament For The Quenchers

Weep, weep for those Who do the work of the Lord With a high look And a proud heart. Their voice is lifted up In the streets, and their cry is heard. The bruised reed, they break By their great strength, and the smoking flux, They trample. Weep not for the quenched (For God will hear their cry And the…

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School & Study, Work

Christ Master Carpenter

O Christ, The Master Carpenter, who at the last through wood and nails, purchased our salvation, wield well your tools in the workshop of the world, so that we, who come rough-hewn to your bench, may here be fashioned to a truer beauty by your hand. We ask this for your name and for your sake. Amen. – From the…

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School & Study, Work

Deliver Us From A Lazy Mind – John Wesley

Lord God, Deliver us From a lazy mind, From a lukewarm heart, And an unwilling spirit, Which deaden our love for you. Give us a passionate, alive and joyful spirit, To boldly do whatever you command, To suffer whatever you call us to, To be eager to serve your holy love In all things. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.…

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Love, Preaching & Reflecting

Light Us Up – Thomas a Kempis

O Jesus, Light us up Bright inside! Drive darkness, From the depths of our hearts! Teach us: To know what is worth knowing, To love what is worth loving, To praise what is worth praising, To hate what should be reviled, To Prize what is precious, And above all, To seek and do your holy will. Amen. – Thomas a…

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Need Or Trial, Pain

Before An Operation

Gracious God, In this hour of anxiety I need your presence. As the operation draws near I need a staff on which to lean. To whom can I turn but you? I confess my weaknesses, sins, and shortcomings. Mercifully assure me of your forgiveness, In the work of Jesus Christ. I let go of any grudges, anger, or hatred. I…

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Dying & Loss

After A Death

Lord God, Amid our tears, We praise you gracious God, That you have received our loved one, In glory for eternity with You. We thank you that your love surrounds (name), That your angels surround (name), And that your arms enfold (name) in grace and peace! Comfort us now as we grieve. Enable us to let go and say “your…

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Dying & Loss, Lament

A Mourner’s Prayer

Lord God, Without your promise I could not endure this sorrow. Only the promise of your presence Enables me to carry on in these lonely times. Only your grace preserves me as I mourn. Do not let me mourn without hope! You have taken care of me in the past, Now let me be carried in your mercy. Give me…

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Journey & Travel, Work

Aviator’s Prayer

Eternal God, Who makes the winds and clouds obey, You protect the eagle in it’s flight, And the dove seeking safety. Uphold me as I soar above land and sea, Pilot my ship safely through the sky. Be with me at takeoff and landing, And let me not lose my way. Above all, Keep me in your grace, And let…

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Journey & Travel

Camino Call – Rick Zweck

Although not strictly a prayer, these words frame prayer and are a prayerful call to enter into the journey of God’s presence. Set out! You were born for the road. Set out! You have a meeting to keep. Where? With whom? You’ll see. Set out! Your steps will be your words, The road your song, The weariness your prayers, And…

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