Prayers for the 3rd Week after Pentecost (June 10-16, 2018)

The watchword for the week:
Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! Psalm 130:2

Come, all who labor and are heavy laden.
Come, all who are lost and in need of a home.
Come, all who have faced their weakness and sins.
We give thanks that the God of love hears us now, knows our hearts, and seeks a deeper relationship with each of us. 

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
2   Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
   to the voice of my supplications!

3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you may be revered. 

5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
   and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
   more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning. 

7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!
   For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
8 It is he who will redeem Israel
   from all its iniquities. 

Let us Confess our Sins:

Dear Heavenly Father, we bow our heads before you and we confess that we have too often forgotten that you are the one who created us, who reached out to us in Jesus Christ, and who comes to us daily and abundantly through the Holy Spirit. Because we have forgotten your profound love for us we sometimes fall short of being a credible witness for you. For these things we ask your forgiveness and we also ask for your strength. Give us clear minds and open hearts so we may share your grace in our world. Remind us to be who you would have us to be regardless of what we are doing or who we are with. Hold us to you and build our relationship with you and with those you have given us on earth.

God has reached into the darkness of our lives to give us hope for living a new life. Accept the gift of God’s grace today and be transformed.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, AMEN. 

This now is a time for the reading of a scripture passage.  If you have a copy of the Moravian Daily Texts take time to read them now, you can get the on-line version of the Daily Texts at http://www.moravian.org/todays-daily-text/daily-text/. Don’t rush over these words as a task to be completed. These are the words that God would have you to cherish for this day. These are words that could transform your life if you allow them to.  So read slowly and deliberately.  Pause at words or phrases that happen to catch your spirit, for these are places where God might be speaking to you. When you have finished with your reading of scriptures, take time to pray for the needs that are present with you today, for the needs of those you love, and for the needs of a hurting world.  May your time of prayer help you to clarify where God would want you to focus your energy. When you are ready, continue with the prayer as follows:

As you taught your disciples to pray, so we pray together:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done 0n earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The work of the Creator is visible.
Let us respond with praise.
The example of Jesus is apparent.
Let us respond with obedience.
The wind of the Spirit is blowing.
Let us respond with joy.
The word of God is calling.
Let us respond by serving with thanksgiving.
And now may the love of God, the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
Be with us now and forever. Amen.

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Prayers for the 2nd Week after Pentecost (June 3-9, 2018)

The watchword for the week:

I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart. Psalm 40:8

From the busyness that our jobs bring us
May we fix our attention on God’s way.
From the busyness the fills our daily lives,
May we fix our attention on God’s way.
From the distractions that re-order our life’s priorities,
May we fix our attention on God’s way.
From the slumber into which our faith can sometimes fall,
May we fix our attention on God’s way.

Psalm 81:1-10

1 Sing aloud to God our strength;
shout for joy to the God of Jacob.
2 Raise a song, sound the tambourine,
the sweet lyre with the harp.
3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our festal day.
4 For it is a statute for Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
5 He made it a decree in Joseph,
when he went out over the land of Egypt.

I hear a voice I had not known:
6 “I relieved your shoulder of the burden;
your hands were freed from the basket.
7 In distress you called, and I rescued you;
I answered you in the secret place of thunder;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah.Selah
8 Hear, O my people, while I admonish you;
O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
9 There shall be no strange god among you;
you shall not bow down to a foreign god.
10 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

Let us humbly confess our sins.

Gracious God, we affirm that your way is perfect. Forgive us when we forget to give you thanks and praise. The Biblical witness and the life of Jesus Christ give us the pattern by which we should live out our faith, but we have chosen to walk on our own path. We confess that we have found it all too easy to follow the way of our culture and have made keeping your statutes an option rather than an expectation for our lives.
So we humbly ask that you create in us a clean heart, O God, and place within us that understanding that will help us to see your way and to observe it with our whole heart. Lord have mercy on us.

The Lord says to us: I will forgive your iniquity and remember your sin no more. Peace be with you.

With grateful hearts we say: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Take time now for reading the Daily Texts or a passage of Scripture.  Pause to ponder words or phrases that happen to catch your spirit today.  Then spend some time praying for the needs of our hurting world.  When you are ready, please continue with the prayer as follows:

Let us pray together:

Creator of us all, we praise your name because you have lovingly made each one of us. May your intended purpose be made real here on earth, even as it is already done in heaven. Feed us today with those things that we truly need, and may we share our abundance with others. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who have done wrong to us. In times of temptation, may we know of your life giving strength, and keep us from all evil. Gracious God, this is your kingdom, and we acknowledge your power and glory, both now and forever more. AMEN.

God has delivered us time and again from our burdens,
We now lift to God our thanksgiving.
Jesus brought the image of God into human form.
Jesus showed us a way of grace and forgiveness even though life was made difficult for him by the sin of the world.
We now lift to God our thanksgiving.
Come, Holy Spirit, show us the way, the truth, and the life.
Whatever we do, therefore, whether in word or deed, let us do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

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Prayers for the Feast of the Holy Trinity (May 27-June 3, 2018)

The watchword for the week:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory. Isaiah 6:3

Let the whole earth be joyful in you, O God,
We greet you with gladness, and celebrate your presence with us,
For we know that you are creating us,
you are alive in us and we belong to you.
You are weaving us into a marvelous tapestry,
a people of diverse threads and colors.
We enter your gates, a motley procession,
with heartfelt thanksgiving and joy.
We dance with delight and bless one another,
in the Spirit of your love, intimate and just.
For you are gracious and your embrace is compassionate,
faithful through all generations.

Psalm 29

1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2
 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
worship the Lord in holy splendor.
3
 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters.
4
 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5
 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6
 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare;
and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!

Let us Confess our Sins:

Gracious God, your majesty is seen throughout the world.
But often we are too busy to notice.
Gracious God, your beauty is seen in the vast diversity of races, and clans, and tribes,
But often we allow differences of color, culture, and class, to divide us rather than give us a better picture of your creative power.
Gracious God, you call us to share your glory with all people.
But often we become too concerned with our own needs and wants, and forget the pain of others.
Forgive us creator God, redeem us loving Savior, renew us empowering Spirit. 

(Silent Reflection)

We are enabled to be kind to one another, to be tenderhearted, to forgive one another, and to be forgiven, because Jesus feeds us with his life.  A life given to save us from sin.
Hear, then, the good news: those who are in Christ are a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come.  Thanks be to God!  Amen!

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen. 

This now is a time for the reading of a scripture passage.  If you have a copy of the Moravian Daily Texts take time to read them now, but don’t rush over them as a task to be completed. These are the words that God would have you to cherish for this day. These are words that could transform your life if you allow them to.  So read slowly and deliberately.  Pause at words or phrases that happen to catch your spirit, for these are places where God might be speaking to you. When you have finished with your reading of scriptures, take time to pray for the needs that you present today, for the needs of those you love, and for the needs of a hurting world.  May your time of prayer help you to clarify where God would want you to focus your energy. When you are ready continue with this prayer as follows:

Let us pray together:

Creator of us all, we praise your name because you have lovingly made each one of us. May your intended purpose be made real here on earth, even as it is already done in heaven. Feed us today with those things that we truly need, and may we share our abundance with others. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who have done wrong to us. In times of temptation, may we know of your live giving strength, and keep us from all evil. Gracious God, this is your kingdom, and we acknowledge your power and glory, both now and forever more. AMEN. 

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God almighty.
We offer ourselves to you again this day.
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God almighty,
Create in us a clean heart.
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God almighty,
Bring us back to you and to your will.
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God almighty,
Empower us for ministry in all that we do and say. AMEN.
And now may the love of God, the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
Be with us now and forever. Amen.

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Prayers for the Festival of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost (May 20-26, 2018)

The watchword for the week:
O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all. Psalm 104:24

Spirit of the Living God,open our lips
and we shall sing of your wonders;
open our eyes
and we shall behold your glory;
open our hearts
and we shall embrace your love;
open our minds
and we shall discover your wisdom;
open our hands
and we shall show your generosity;
open our flesh
and we shall embody your presence.

Psalm 104:24-35

24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great. 26 There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.
27 These all look to you to give them their food in due season;
28 when you give to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29
 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the ground.
31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works— 32 who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke.
33
 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.
35. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord!

Let us Confess our Sins:

(Adapted from the Pentecost Liturgy, page 97, MBW, used by permission of the Interprovincial Board of Communication of the Moravian Church in North America)

Spirit of holiness, we confess that we often fail to catch the wind as it blows through our hearts. When you seek to ignite us, we quench the fire of your love and dissipate the power of your presence. You long to restore us to the image of God, but we let it tarnish as we nurse selfish attitudes. You nurture unity, but we sow discord. You come to make our bodies your holy temples, but we misuse them. We allow the value systems of our society to separate us from your good intentions for us as we use your gifts for our own benefit. Forgive us, merciful Spirit. Burn away our impurities, and forge us into renewed and useful instruments in your service. Amen. 

God’s very being is grace. God’s every intent is to welcome you home. So receive God’s forgiveness, and rest in God’s love. Let us praise the triune God:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen. 

This now is a time for the reading of a scripture passage.  If you have a copy of the Moravian Daily Texts take time to read them now, but don’t rush over them as a task to be completed. These are the words that God would have you to cherish for this day. These are words that could transform your life if you allow them to.  So read slowly and deliberately.  Pause at words or phrases that happen to catch your spirit, for these are places where God might be speaking to you. When you have finished with your reading of scriptures, take time to pray for the needs that you present today, for the needs of those you love, and for the needs of a hurting world.  May your time of prayer help you to clarify where God would want you to focus your energy. When you are ready continue with this prayer as follows:

As you taught your disciples to pray, so we pray:

Creator of us all, we praise your name because you have lovingly made each one of us. May your intended purpose be made real here on earth, even as it is already done in heaven. Feed us today with those things that we truly need, and may we share our abundance with others. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who have done wrong to us. In times of temptation, may we know of your live giving strength, and keep us from all evil. Gracious God, this is your kingdom, and we acknowledge your power and glory, both now and forever more. AMEN. 

Give us vision for a new day.
Come Holy Spirit, come.
Give us a mission for this day.
Come Holy Spirit, come,
Fill our lives with meaning.
And now may the love of God, the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
Be with us now and forever. Amen.

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Prayers for the 7th Sunday after Easter and Ascension (May 13-20, 2018)

The Watchword for the week:

Jesus says, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17

From the busyness of this day we gather to hear God’s call to us.
We gather together at the throne of grace to pray for ourselves, our loved ones, the Church, and the needs of a hurting world.
We gather in God’s presence to hear the truth,
So that we might speak it and live it in our daily lives. 

Psalm 1

1 Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2 
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
3
 They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.
4
 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5
 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6
 for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

Together, let us confess our sins:

Gracious Lord, we know your word to be truth, but today we confess that at times our fallible minds find truth hard to define, and our mouths find the truth hard to speak. Forgive us for following paths which take us away from your loving intent for our lives. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen. 

The Lord says: “I, even I, am the God who blots out your transgressions for my own sake and will not remember your sins. Go and sin no more.”

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, AMEN. 

This now is a time for the reading of a scripture passage.  If you have a copy of the Moravian Daily Texts take time to read them now, you can get the on-line version of the Daily Texts at http://www.moravian.org/todays-daily-text/daily-text/. Don’t rush over these words as a task to be completed. These are the words that God would have you to cherish for this day. These are words that could transform your life if you allow them to.  So read slowly and deliberately.  Pause at words or phrases that happen to catch your spirit, for these are places where God might be speaking to you. When you have finished with your reading of scriptures, take time to pray for the needs that are present with you today, for the needs of those you love, and for the needs of a hurting world.  May your time of prayer help you to clarify where God would want you to focus your energy. When you are ready, continue with the prayer as follows:

In one voice, we pray together:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
And deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
Now and forever. Amen. 

Loving God, open our eyes to see your truth,
So that we might walk on the path of righteousness.
Christ, the living truth, grant us wisdom,
To choose your will for our lives.
Spirit of truth, blow through us today,
And empower us to bring good news to those who need to hear it.
To the God of lasting wisdom, to the God of relentless change, to God be glory, majesty, dominion, and power,
Now and forever. Amen.

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Prayers for the 6th Week of Easter (May 6-12, 2018)

The Watchword for the week:
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Psalm 98:4

This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
May we sing, shout, and give thanks to God.
For in Christ, God has brought the kingdom of God close to us. 

Psalm 98

1 O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.
2 The Lord has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
4
 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
5
 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.
7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it.
8
 Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing together for joy
9
 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity. 

Together, let us confess our sins:

Gracious Lord, forgive us when our mouths cease to joyously praise you. Forgive us for the times when we have used our months to speak ill of others instead of sharing our concern for them. Forgive us when our mouths have spoken harshly and hastily when anger has filled our souls. Forgive us for the times when the words coming from our mouths have spoken of envy, prejudice, and hate. Forgive us when our mouths have been silent instead of calling out injustice and abuse. Forgive us for our participation in a culture which seeks to use the earth for our own benefit rather than allowing it to show forth your glory. Forgive us Lord and bring us back to wholeness so that we may sing of your praise both night and day. 

Grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from our sins, and serve you with a quiet mind, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, AMEN. 

This now is a time for the reading of a scripture passage.  If you have a copy of the Moravian Daily Texts take time to read them now, you can get the on-line version of the Daily Texts at www.moravian.org .  Don’t rush over these words as a task to be completed. These are the words that God would have you to cherish for this day. These are words that could transform your life if you allow them to.  So read slowly and deliberately.  Pause at words or phrases that happen to catch your spirit, for these are places where God might be speaking to you. When you have finished with your reading of scriptures, take time to pray for the needs that are present with you today, for the needs of those you love, and for the needs of a hurting world.  May your time of prayer help you to clarify where God would want you to focus your energy. When you are ready, continue with the prayer as follows:

In one voice, we pray together:

Creator of the heavens and earth, we praise your holy name. We pray that the gracious ways of heaven may be made real in the world that we inhabit. We hunger for much more than food today, and we pray that you will satisfy us, and all who have need. We are awed by your forgiving nature, and pray that you would inspire us to forgive each other in like manner. We know that you have created us to be holy, and ask that you keep us from the temptation of living a life which would tarnish your image within us. You have created a world that is holy, and your glory and power are displayed in many wonderful ways; we give thanks for the blessings of our lives even as we seek to live into the eternity of yours. Amen. 

Loving God, may the words of our mouths speak love,
And may they bring others closer to your presence.
Loving God, may the words of our mouths speak grace,
And may they bring others closer to your presence.
Loving God, may the words of our mouths speak peace,
And may they bring others closer to your presence.
Loving God, may the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable unto you,
Our rock and our redeemer.
Go forth from here and make a joyful noise to Lord.
Amen.

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Prayers for the 5th Week after Easter (April 29- May 4, 2018)

The Watchword for the week:

Jesus says, “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” John 15:4

This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
We should praise the Lord at our rising, and at the setting of the sun.
May we share our faith and sing God’s praise through the living of each moment this day.

Psalm 22:25-31

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
26
 The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
May your hearts live forever!
27
 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.
28
 For dominion belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.
29
 To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
Before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him.
30 Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord,
31 and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.

Together, let us confess our wandering steps:

We, your disciples, have often dishonored the holy name that we bear, and we have turned aside from that path of holiness and loving service, in which you have called us to follow. We are sorry to find that we often attempt to satisfy our need for treasures and pleasures in ways that will not bring us deep happiness and purpose in life; and in fact cause us to walk away from you. Guide us to once again seek to abide in your love, and to live your graceful presence into the lives of those around us. 

Grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from our sins, and serve you with a quiet mind, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, AMEN. 

This now is a time for the reading of a scripture passage.   Don’t rush over these words as a task to be completed. These are the words that God would have you to cherish for this day. These are words that could transform your life if you allow them to.  So read slowly and deliberately.  Pause at words or phrases that happen to catch your spirit, for these are places where God might be speaking to you. When you have finished with your reading of scriptures, take time to pray for the needs that are present with you today, for the needs of those you love, and for the needs of a hurting world.  May your time of prayer help you to clarify where God would want you to focus your energy. When you are ready, continue with the prayer as follows:

In one voice, we pray together:

Creator of the heavens and earth, we praise your holy name. We pray that the gracious ways of heaven may be made real in the world that we inhabit. We hunger for much more than food today, and we pray that you will satisfy us, and all who have need. We are awed by your forgiving nature, and pray that you would inspire us to forgive each other in like manner. We know that you have created us to be holy, and ask that you keep us from the temptation of living a life which would tarnish your image within us. You have created a world that is holy, and your glory and power are displayed in many wonderful ways; we give thanks for the blessings of our lives even as we seek to live into the eternity of yours. Amen. 

The Festival Doxology:
Unto the Lamb that was slain,
And has redeemed us out of all nations of the earth;
Unto the Lord who purchased our souls for himself;
Unto that friend who loved us, and washed us from our sins by his own blood;
Who died for us once,
That we might die unto sin;
Who rose for us,
That we might also rise;
Who ascended for us into heaven,
To prepare a place for us;
And to whom are subjected the angels, and powers, and dominions; to him be glory at all times,
In the Church which waits for him, and in that church which is around him from everlasting to everlasting. Amen.

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