Holy Spirit & Pentecost, Longing, Scholars

Holy Spirit Comforting Fire – Hildegard of Bingen

Holy Spirit, Comforting fire, Life of all Creation. Holy Spirit, Giving life to All. Anointing those who are not whole, Cleansing mortal wounds. Holy Spirit, Sacred breath, Fire of love, Sweetest taste, Beautiful aroma, fill my heart! Holy Spirit, Most pure fountain uniting strangers, seeking lost, making people one, and enfolding us in life. Holy Spirit, Care for those imprisoned…

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Before The Word, Pastors, Scholars

Luther’s Preaching Prayer

Lord God, I want to preach so that you are glorified. I want to speak of you, praise you, praise your name. Although I probably cannot make it turn out well, won’t you make it turn out well – Martin Luther (1483-1565AD) Found in “Luther The Preacher”

Prayers Of Church, Scholars, Short

Intercession – Anselm Of Canturbury

We pray before you, O Lord, the troubles and perils of people and nations, the sighing of prisoners and captives, the sorrows of the bereaved, the necessities of strangers, the helplessness of the weak, the despondency of the weary, the failing powers of the aged. O Lord, draw near to each; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  …

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Peace, Scholars

‘Serenity Prayer’ by Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as he did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;…

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Daily, Evening, Longing, Scholars

Bonhoeffer Evening Prayer

O Lord my God, thank you for bringing this day to a close. Thank you for giving me rest in body and soul. Your hand has been over me and has guarded and preserved me. Forgive my lack of faith and any wrong that I have done today, and help me to forgive all who have wronged us. Let me…

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Scholars, Short

‘Little Things Great Things’ by Blaise Pascal

Teach us, Lord, to do the little things as though they were great because of the majesty of Christ who does them in us and who lives our life. Teach us to do the greatest things as though they were little and easy because of Christ’s power! – Blaise Pascal 1623-1662AD famous for his mathematics and Pascal’s triangle!