I’m the father of a kindergartner. My heart is broken. Just broken. I can’t even get my head around this horrific tragedy. I can’t understand it, much less help others to understand it. But, I can pray. We all can. Officiant Lord Jesus, you call the little children to come to you. And it is to you that we come, and to you that we pray.
The following prayers are based on the Song of Mary (The Magnificat), Luke 1:46-55. Officiant Our souls proclaim the greatness of you, O Lord, and we rejoice; for you have looked with favor on us, your servants; and you hear our prayers.
The following prayers are based on Baruch 5:1-9, the Hebrew Bible Lesson appointed for the Second Sunday of Advent, Year C. Celebrant In the hushed anticipation of your coming, O Lord, lead us with joy in the light of your glory; that we might be ready for you, and eager to pray.
The following prayers are based on Jeremiah 33:14-16, the Hebrew Bible Lesson appointed for the First Sunday of Advent, Year C. Celebrant In the hushed anticipation of your coming, O Lord, kindle within us the desire to remain on guard; that we might be ready for your coming, and eager to pray.
The following version of the prayers of the people is inspired by the Epistle of James, and might be used when a reading from the letter is preached on or highlighted in the service in some other way. Father of Lights, from whom comes every perfect gift, hear our prayers which we offer fervently to you, and in the name of our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for the church, that we might show […]
The following is a litany composed to give thanks, and pray for The United States. It would be appropriate on Independence Day, the Sunday nearest Independence Day—or for any service of worship taking place near a national holiday. Users may amend as they see fit. Officiant As we remember the birth of our nation, and the gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, let us offer our thanks and prayers to God, the […]
On this day when we remember our mothers, let us offer our prayers to Jesus, the son of Mary. Because on this earth we are all sons and daughters of Eve, let us pray for the whole world and the church universal, that we might behold each other as brothers and sisters. Lord in your mercy. Hear our Prayer. As Rebecca gave birth to Jacob, and in so doing she gave birth to a whole […]
Let us pray to God, who is made manifest in Jesus Christ. As the prophet Isaiah rang out, “Arise, shine; for your light has come”; empower your Church, O God, to ring out the Good News of the Light of your son Jesus, which pierces even the deepest darkness. As a star rose high into the nighttime sky to draw the nations to the Christ-child; send your blessing, O God, on this nation, and every […]
Officiant: Let us pray to God, who came among us in the birth of Jesus: Intercessor: Gracious God, as a star rose, and drew people from great distances to Bethlehem that they might greet the Christ-child; Draw us, your Church, and all of your people to you – that we might be the Church and the People who you call us to be. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. As you gave Mary your […]