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At the Beginning of a New School Year   Leave a comment

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Above:  Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, 1914

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Prayer Source = The United Methodist Book of Worship (1992)

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At the beginning of a new school year, O God of wisdom,

we offer thanks and praise for the gift of new beginnings

and for the opportunity to learn and to wonder.

We pray for teachers, students, and staff

that this year might be rewarding for all.

Be with us as we face the challenge of new tasks,

the fear of failure, the expectations of parents, friends, and self.

In our learning and our teaching,

may we grow in service to others and in love for your world,

through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

For the Nation   Leave a comment

National Flags

Above:  National Flags, Pre-World War I

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Prayer from the Church of Pakistan (formed by a merger in 1970)

Quoted in The United Methodist Book of Worship (1992)

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Look graciously, O Lord, upon this land.

Where it is in pride, subdue it.

Where it is in need, supply it.

Where it is in error, rectify it.

Where it is in default, restore it.

And where it holds to that which is just and compassionate, support it.

Amen.

In Time of Natural Disaster   Leave a comment

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Above:  A Barber Shop Located in the Ninth Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana, Damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005

Photographer = Carol M. Highsmith

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Prayer by Andy Langford

Prayer Source = The United Methodist Book of Worship (1992)

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O God, you divided the waters of chaos at creation.

In Christ you stilled storms, raised the dead,

and vanquished demonic powers.

Tame the earthquake, wind, and fire,

and all the forces that defy control or shock us by their fury.

Keep us from calling disaster your justice.

Help us, in good times and in distress,

to trust your mercy and yield to your power, this day and for ever.

Amen.

For Persons Celebrating Birthdays   Leave a comment

Above:  Birthday Candles

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Prayer Source = The United Methodist Book of Worship (1992)

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God of creation, we offer you grateful praise for the gift of life.

Hear the prayers for Name, your servant,

who recalls today the gift of his/her birth and rejoices in the gifts of life and love, family and friends.

Bless him/her with your presence and surround him/her with your love,

that he/she may enjoy many happy years, all of them pleasing to you.

We ask this through Christ our Savior.  Amen.

At the Beginning of Retirement   1 comment

Pocket Watch

Image Source = Isabelle Grosjean

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Prayer Source = The United Methodist Book of Worship (1992), of The United Methodist Church

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Eternal God,

you hold the times and seasons,

endings and beginnings, in your hands.

Bless Name, who now enters a new time of life.

We give you thanks for tasks accomplished,

for the joys and pains woven into the fabric of his/her hears.

Give Name the guidance of your Holy Spirit.

May days no longer filled with old obligations

be free for new activities and associations.

May fears and uncertainties about the future

be transformed into quiet confidence.

May each new day be received as a sacred trust and lived to your glory;

through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

At the Beginning of a New Job   1 comment

Necktie

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Prayer Source = The United Methodist Book of Worship (1992), of The United Methodist Church

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Lord Jesus Christ, carpenter of creation,

you knew the satisfactions and responsibilities of human work

and hallowed it for ever in a carpenter’s shop in Nazareth.

As Name begins a new job,

as a worthy occupation, may it be useful in the human enterprise.

May Name be a blessing to others

by living and working to the honor and glory of your holy name.  Amen.

For Those Who Are Unemployed   3 comments

Job Fair

Image Source = Arvind Grover

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Prayer Source = The United Methodist Book of Worship (1992), of The United Methodist Church

Prayer by the Reverend David Schnasa Jacobsen, who worked in United Methodist congregations until 1996 and served as Editorial Assistant to The United Methodist Book of Worship Project, but who has taught Homiletics at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada seminaries (mostly Waterloo Theological Seminary, Ontario) since 1996; his CV lists him as attending St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener, Ontario

His CV:

http://info.wlu.ca/wwwsem/dsj/dsjcv.html

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O God of the vineyard,

you call us all to productive labor,

to employ our gifts and talents for you.

We pray for those who are unemployed.

Strengthen them in this difficult hour,

uplift their spirits,

and grant them a place among your laborers

until all be employed for the common good,

and we share fully in our true work

of praising you with heart and mind and soul forever.  Amen.