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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Ancient, Confession, Need Or Trial

Christ Of My Failures – St Augustine

Lord, I commit my failures as well as my successes into your hands, and I bring for your healing the people and the situations, the wrongs and the hurts of the past. Give me courage, strength and generosity to let go and move on, leaving the past behind me, and living the present to the full. Lead me always to…

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Ancient, Longing, Praise

Nothing But You – St Augustine

Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know You, And desire nothing but You. Let me forget myself and love You. Let me do everything for the sake of You. Let me humble myself and exalt You. Let me think nothing except You. Let me die to myself and live in You. Let me accept whatever happens as from You.…

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Dying & Loss, Need Or Trial

Find Me Lord – Ted Loder

Oh, Eternal One, it would be easier for me to pray if I were clear and of a single mind and a pure heart; if I could be done hiding from myself and from you, even in my prayers.   But, I am who I am, mixture of motives and excuses, blur of memories, quiver of hopes, knot of fear,…

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Ancient, Morning, Short

Morning Prayer – St Patrick

Christ be with us this day, Within us to purify us; Above us to draw us up; Beneath us to sustain us; Before us to lead us; Behind us to restrain us; Around us to protect us. – St Patrick 389-461AD

Creation, Thanksgiving, Work

Harvest Prayer – John Birch

Creator God, for daily bread and all who work to bring your harvest home we bring our thanks today. (pause) Forgive our ingratitude we who have so much yet waste what you have given. (pause) For those whose harvest is poor, whose crops have withered, water tainted, children starve, help those who bring relief and bestow on us an unaccustomed…

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Easter & New Life, Scholars

Sun Of The World – Thomas Cranmer

O Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Sun of the World, Always rising and never going down, Your wholesome presence and sight, Creates, feeds, and refreshes life, Not only on earth but also in heaven! We beg you to shine in our hearts So that the night of sin, and the fog of falsehood may be driven away. With you…

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Biblical, Confession

Daniel’s Confession Prayer

Daniel 9:15–19 Now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Slavery with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from your city, your holy hill. Our sins and…

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Listening, Preaching & Reflecting

From Pride To Humility

Father, take us to the place where we are saved from pride and arrogance and Christ’s humility is everything, where we lift up clean hands and pure hearts to You. Take us to the place where we no longer shrink in fear from the mountains before us but look upon them with joy, where we see clearly and our decisions…

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Dying & Loss

Funeral Prayer

Lord God, You have not made us for darkness and death, But for life with you for ever. Without you we have nothing to hope for, With you we have nothing to fear. Lift us from anxiety and set the light of your love before us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.   – A traditional Lutheran funeral prayer.