Loving God, we are now in the holy season of Lent where we
hear your invitation, “Come back to me,”
and we are filled with such a longing to return.
Listen to our prayers, listen to the pain in our cries. Help us this day
to have a theme song that is rooted in God’s love and justice.
Help us to refuse corrupting people and degrading things.
Lead us this day in good works in Your name
and send your Spirit to guide us and strengthen our faith.
God, listen! Listen to our prayer. Amen.
(REV. NANCY VARDEN)
I Cannot Do This Alone
O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you;
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me….
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me to live now
That I may answer before you and before men.
Lord whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.
(A LENTEN PRAYER by DIETRICH Bonhoeffer)
Who never leaves.
You are here today with us.
You have been with us every day
and will be with us each and every day to come.
We give thanks to you O Lord for your deep and constant presence in our lives
that does not let go of us. Any of us.
We need you Lord this hour, this day.
It is only through your love and with your embrace that we can take each step.
We confess that we often refuse your embrace of transforming love
But Lord we know in our hearts and souls that our hope comes from opening our arms to receive you.
Lord, remove our confidence in our own righteousness.
Lord, remove our arrogance in thinking we are all-knowing.
Give us instead a heart of humility that embodies your grace.
We trust you Lord to create this work in us.
In each of us and all of us.
In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen.
(REV. MELINDA YOUNG BRITT)
Jesus, you shared peace around a table of anxiety, peace with the bread,
Peace with the wine, peace in the face of the uncertain, peace in the place of pain.
May we share tables of peace in places of pain, sharing food and friendship and words and life.
Because you came to a fearful world and found your place around those tables. Amen.
(PADRAIG O. TUAMA, Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community: Canterbury Press, 2017)
Lord, please be Lord in and over me. Whatever tries to claim lordship in place of You, uproot it. Cast it from me. Free me, instead, for joyful obedience.
Savior, don’t let me put hope in anything that wind, fire, recession, or war can take away. If I have sought security in anything or anyone other than You, forgive me. Free me to trust You alone.
Abba, Creator of us all, let me hear again Jesus’ cry from the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Teach me to do the same and free me to love and forgive as You have first loved and forgiven me.
Master, let me have the mind of Christ, Who ‘humbled himself to the point of death – even death on a cross’ (Phl 2:8a). Free me from any human ambition that prevents me from praying, “Not my will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42b).
Receive my thanks and praise for Who You are and how You continue to draw sinners to You. I ask this in the name of the One Who stretched out His arms and died for us all. Amen and amen.
(REV. DONNA PARRAMORE)
You have never failed to be merciful to us. In those times when we are at a loss to explain our own actions, you never abandon us. When we are distracted by many things, you invite us to a place of integrity and calm simplicity. When we have fallen into despair, you remind us that–in your eyes–our value is beyond calculation. When we are exhausted and spent, you call us to come and rest.
As a loving parent, you call us to accountability–encouraging us to lift our eyes and meet (fully) your gaze. In your face, we see the radiance of our Redeemer’s love and we lose ourselves in that radiance. Our harmful shame is transformed into an ever-growing desire to conform our own wills to your divine purposes.
Forgive us, Lord. Free us for joyful obedience. Draw us closer–in love– to you as you prepare for a place called Golgotha.
In the name of Jesus the Christ, we pray. Amen.
(REV. DAN CAMP)