Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lord, Teach Us To Pray

The Good Samaritan by He Qi
In light of recent events, it is good to remember that we should be "slow to speak and slow to become angry" (James 1:19) and quick to lift up our voices in prayer. Here are a few prayers to guide our words and meditations.

"For Social Justice" Book of Common Prayer
Grant, O God,
that your holy and life-giving Spirit
may so move every human heart
and especially the hearts of the people of this land,
that barriers which divide us may crumble,
suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease;
that our divisions be healed,
we may live in justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

"For A Death in the Neighborhood" commonprayer.net
Lamb of God
You take away the sins of the world
Have mercy on us.
Grant us peace.

For the unbearable toil of our sinful world,
We plead for remission.
For the terror of absence from our beloved,
We plead for your comfort.
For the scandalous presence of death in your Creation,
We pleased for the resurrection.

Lamb of God
You take away the sins of the world
Have mercy on us.
Grant us peace.


"Prayer for Renewal" The Worship Sourcebook
Father, as we remember how our Lord Jesus was identified by baptism 
with John’s message of repentance and renewal, 
we pray for the renewal of humanity today
and for the church as a means of renewal.

We pray for the welfare of nations and the wisdom of governments, 
for social justice and for racial harmony.
May laws and policies dignify, not degrade,
and may the arrival of your kingdom in Jesus
be attested by the witness of Christians in every walk of life.

We pray for all who suffer loss and who are diminished by illness, 
by disappointment, or by the attitude of others.
Support and strengthen these and all who are in the wilderness 
facing the testing of what they believe in.

We pray also for all who must die soon—
both those who know it and those who do not.
Confirm in every one of us that it is not for this life only
that we have hope in Christ,
and in the communion of all your baptized people
may we find bonds forged between us that endure to all eternity. 
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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