Christmas, Short

Epiphany Prayer – Martin Luther

Dear God,lead us with the Wise Menby the star of your holy Wordto your Son, Christ Jesus,and always protect usfrom every attack. Then we will returnto our home countryby another route,that is, to Godby whom we are created,and finally come to the source again,as in a great golden ring. God help us,through Christ,our King and Priest,forever and ever.Amen. – Martin…


Pastors, Preaching & Reflecting

Before Preaching – Martin Luther

Eternal God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, give us your Holy Spirit who writes the preached Word into our hearts. May we receive and believe it and be cheered and comforted by it in eternity. Glorify your Word in our hearts and make it so bright and warm that we may find pleasure in it, through your Holy…


Longing, Poets

Time – Michel Quoist

All complain that they haven’t enough time.They look at their lives from too human a point of view.There is always time to do what God wants us to do,but we must put ourselves completely into each moment offered now.I went out, Lord. People were coming and going, walking and running. Everything was rushing; cars, trucks, the street, the whole town.Rushing…


Prayer Of Church

Lord’s Prayer For The Church – Martin Luther

Dear friends in Christ, lift up your hearts to God and pray with me as Christ has taught us and graciously promised to hear us… God, our Father in heaven, look with mercy on us, your needy children. Grant us grace, so that your name will be holy among us and all the world. Turn from us all false teaching…


Faith, Pain

Enough – Terisa Of Avila

Do not be disturbed or frightened, Everything passes, but God stays. Patience goes beyond all things. The one who has God, lacks nothing. God alone is enough. Lift your thinking, raise it up to heaven, Let nothing anguish you, let nothing disturb you. Follow Jesus Christ with an open heart, and no matter what may come, you need not fear.…


Holy Spirit & Pentecost, Mystics

Holy Spirit Comforting Fire – Hildegard of Bingen

Holy Spirit, Comforting fire, Life of all creation. Anointing the sick, cleansing body and soul, Fill this body! Holy Spirit, Sacred breath, Fire of love, Sweetest taste, Beautiful aroma, Fill this heart! Holy Spirit, Filling the world, from the heights to the deep, Raining from clouds, filling rivers and sea, Fill this mind! Holy Spirit, Forgiving and giving, uniting strangers,…


Holy Spirit & Pentecost

Prayer For Pentecost

A Prayer for Pentecost Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life: At the beginning of time you moved over the face of the waters; you breathe into every living being, the breath of life. Come, Creator Spirit, and renew the whole creation. Holy Spirit, voice of the prophets: You enflame men and women with a passion for your truth, and…


Biblical, Dying & Loss, Easter & New Life

The Prayer Of Jonah

In great trouble I called to you Lord, And You answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. And You answered me. You threw me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me.  I…


Celtic, Creation

Ocean Prayer

  God the Father, all-powerful, all loving, Jesus, the Son of tears and sorrow, With thy co-assistance, O Holy Spirit! The Three-One, ever-living, ever-mighty, everlasting, Who brought the Children of Israel through the Red Sea, And Jonah to land from the belly of the great creature of the ocean, Who brought Paul and his companions in the ship, From the…


Easter & New Life

The Stone Has Been Rolled Away

When the broken come to wholeness, when the wounded come to healing, when the frightened come to trusting, the stone has been rolled away. When the lonely find friendship, when the hurt find new loving, when the worried find peace, the stone has been rolled away. When we share instead of taking, when we stroke instead of striking, when we…