Prayers for Forgiveness, Mercy, and Trust   7 comments

The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Rembrandt

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From Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Gracious God, your son called on you to forgive his enemies while he was suffering shame and death.  Lead our enemies and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them from us and from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled from you; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

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From the Book of Common Worship (1993), of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):

Loving God, you want us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing except losing you, and to lay our cares on you, knowing that you care for us.  Protect us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds in this mortal life may hide us from the light of your immortal love shown to us in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

Just as a woman caresses her child, O God, you wrap us in gentle care.

Make yourself known to us now to still our anxious hearts.

Within the household of faith comfort us with the gospel of your abiding love.

Nurture us with the Bread of Life that satisfies.

Free us from all earthly securities that we may rely solely upon your strength.

So we may be free at last.

Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

Be merciful, gracious God, to all those in trouble:

those who are exhausted,

those who are in sorrow,

those whose lives are ebbing away,

those who are without friends,

those who are forgotten by the world.

Ever loving God, we entrust them to your care.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

O God, you are the light of the minds that know you, the life of the souls that love you, and the strength of the wills that serve you; help us to know you that we may truly love you, so to love you that we may fully serve you, whom to serve is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

O God, Creator of all, help us to forgive others as we would wish them to forgive us.

May we try to understand them as we in turn would like to be understood, in the hope of that forgiveness will be in order.

May we see with their eyes, think with their minds, feel with their hearts.

Then let us ask ourselves whether we should judge them or judge ourselves and accept them as children, like us, of one heavenly Father.

Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

Eternal God, all-powerful and merciful, your word is a torch for our path and a light for our way.  Open our eyes and enlighten our spirit that we may understand your revelation in all its purity and holiness.  May it transform our lives and make us worthy to bear your image; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

O Dawn of the new creation, spill a ray of hope to lift the hearts of your sons and daughters, for we are bound by a vision that is not always clear to see.  As we live into your promises, help us to help each other, for we truly need each other, as you need us and we need you every day of our lives.  Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.  Lighten, if it be your will, the pressure of this world’s care, and, above all, reconcile us to your will, and give us a peace that the world cannot take away, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

Teach us, O gracious Lord, to begin our works with reverence, to go on in obedience, and to finish them with love; and then to wait patiently in hope, and with cheerful countenance to look up to you, whose promises are faithful and rewards infinite; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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Caring God, by whom we are supported day and night, assist us during our waking hours to resist the temptations that beset us, so that, with your help, the graces of Christian character may more and more take shape in our lives.

Give us, O God, a warm heart, that no coldness may chill our love of people, or restrict our charitable deeds.

Give us, O God, a wide vision, that no prejudice may limit our understanding of others, or make us intolerant and unjust.

Give us, O God, a pure mind, that no evil thoughts may corrupt us, or turn the light that is in us to darkness.

Give us, O God, a strong will, that no weakness may cripple our good intentions, or disable us from doing and saying what is right.

Give us, O God, a great desire to put our feet into the print of Christ’s shoes, and to follow him faithfully to the end of our days.

Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

Living God, we seek your presence now.

Our minds cannot understand you, yet our hearts cry out for a living relationship with you.

Our eyes cannot see you, yet without you there would be nothing to see.

Our faith cannot grasp you, yet in you we live and move and have our being.

Our way ahead into this week is hidden from us, but we trust that you have prepared a way through for us.

Renew our vision of the eternal truths in the light of which our day-to-day lives must be lived.

Open our eyes to see your presence in the simple glories of everyday things.

Light up our relationships with other people by the living word of love in Jesus.

Help us to see where we went wrong in the past, that we shall be able to take our bearings afresh for the way ahead.

In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

God of the quiet places, God of the stormy seas, we gather in your calming presence.

Silence the crashing waves of trouble in our hearts.

Let us hear your promise to us in Christ’s whispered, “Be still.”

And in our stillness, let us know within our whole selves that you and you alone are God.

Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance every where we go.

Flood our souls with your spirit and life.

Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of yours.

Let us thus praise you in the way you love best by shining on those around us.

Let us preach you without preaching, not by words, but by our example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what we do, the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you.  Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

O God, you are the unsearchable abyss of peace, the ineffable sea of love, the fountain of blessings, and the bestower of affection, who sends peace to those that receive it.

Open to us this day the sea of your love and water us with plenteous streams from the riches of your grace from the most sweet springs of our kindness.

Make us children of quietness and heirs of peace; enkindle in us the fire of your love; strengthen in us the fire of your love; strengthen our weakness by your power; bind us closely to you and to each other in our firm and indissoluble bond of unity.

Amen.

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

God, you are no idol of our making, but the living god, coming, going, revealed or hidden–as you decide.  Give us the capacity to be surprised into new understanding.  Break through our traditions and set phrases, and show yourself alive–the strength of our present and the promise of our future.  Give us the capacity to be surprised by each other: to recognize truth in words spoken, movements made and glances given; seeing new dimensions in each other.

Help us to be startled by grace where we could see no virtue, by kindness where we could see only coldness, by the need of love where we could see only arrogance and ingratitude, by the need of love where we could see only dirt, squalor, and laziness.  Meet us, Lord, in unexpected places; speak to us through unexpected voices; and do not let us refuse to see or hear you anywhere.

Help us of our own free will to love and cherish one another and all people everywhere, until every man, woman, and child becomes aware of being loved, cherished, and accepted by you, and the universe rings with loud and joyful praise to the glory of your name.  Amen.

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