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O God Our Creator…We Give Into Your Hands   1 comment

Above:  Praying Hands, by Albrecht Durer

Prayer Source = Book of Common Worship (1993), of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), quoting With All God’s People (World Council of Churches, 1989), channeling the Church of South India

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O God our Creator,

by whose mercy and might

the world turns safely into darkness

and returns again to light;

We give into your hands our unfinished tasks,

our unsolved problems,

and our unfulfilled hopes,

knowing that only those things which you bless will prosper.

To your great love and protection

we commit each other

and all for whom we have prayed,

knowing that you alone are our sure defender,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

World Council of Churches   Leave a comment

Above:  A Globe

Image Source = Christian Fischer

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:GEO_Globe.jpg)

Prayers from In Spirit and In Truth:  A Worship Book (1991), for the Seventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches

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Invocation to the Holy Spirit:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/invocation-to-the-holy-spirit/

Fill Our Hearts with Joy and Grace:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/fill-our-hearts-with-joy-and-grace/

Evening Prayer of the Covenant:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/evening-prayer-of-the-covenant/

Prayer for the Sick:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/prayer-for-the-sick/

O God Our Creator…We Give Into Your Hands:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/o-god-our-creator-we-give-into-your-hands/

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Posted June 20, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Sources WXYZ

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Hope of the World   17 comments

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

Words by the Reverend Georgia Harkness (1891-1974), U.S. United Methodist theologian; she wrote the text for the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches (1952)

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1.  Hope of the world, thou Christ of great compassion,

speak to our fearful hearts by conflict rent.

Save us, thy people, from consuming passion,

who by our own false hopes and aims are spent.

2.  Hope of the world, God’s gift from highest heaven,

bringing to hungry souls the bread of life,

still let thy Spirit unto us be given

to heal earth ‘s wounds and end her bitter strife.

3.  Hope of the world, afoot on dusty highways,

showing to wandering souls the path of light,

walk thou beside us lest the tempting byways

lure us away from thee to endless night.

4.  Hope of the world, who by thy cross didst save us

from death and dark despair, from sin and guilt,

we render back the love thy mercy gave us;

take thous our lives, and use them as thou wilt.

5.  Hope of the world, O Christ, o’er death victorious,

who by this sign didst conquer grief and pain,

we wouldst be faithful to thy gospel glorious;

thou art our Lord!  Thou dost for ever reign!

Prayer for the Sick   3 comments

Contrition

Image Source = Wikipedia

A prayer from the Orthodox liturgy, quoted in In Spirit and In Truth:  A Worship Book, published in 1991 for the Seventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches

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O Lord Almighty,

the healer of our souls and bodies,

you put down and raise up,

you chastise and heal also;

now, in your great mercy

visit our brothers and sisters, who are sick.

Stretch forth your hand

that is full of healing and health,

and raise them up,

and cure them of their illness.

Put away from them

the spirit of disease

and of every malady, pain and fever

to which they are bound;

and if they have sins and transgressions,

grant to them remission and forgiveness, in that you love humankind;

yea, Lord my God,

pity your creation, through the compassion of your only-begotten Son,

together with your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit,

with whom you are blessed,

both now and for ever, and to ages of ages.

Amen.

Evening Prayer of the Covenant   2 comments

Sunset

Image Source = Chad Teer

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sunset_in_Coquitlam.jpg)

A prayer from the Ethiopian Orthodox liturgy, quoted in In Spirit and In Truth:  A Worship Book, published in 1991 for the Seventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches

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Remember, Lord, the down-coming of the rains and waters and rivers, and bless them.

Remember, Lord, the plants and the seeds and the fruits of the fields of every year, bless them and make them abundant.

Remember, Lord, the safety of your holy church and all the cities and countries.

Remember, Lord, the safety of humankind and of beasts and of me, your sinful servant.

Remember, Lord, our fathers and mothers, our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep and gone to their rest.

Remember, Lord, the captives of your people, and bring them again in peace to their dwelling place.

Remember, Lord, the afflicted and distressed.

Remember, Lord, your servants, the poor who are under oppression, have pity upon them and keep them in the right faith and make them a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, through our spiritual joy and the love of humankind.  Amen.

Fill Our Hearts with Joy and Grace   5 comments

Nile Delta, Egypt

Image Source = NASA, via Wikipedia

A prayer from the Coptic Orthodox liturgy, quoted in In Spirit and In Truth:  A Worship Book, published in 1991 for the Seventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches

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Pray for the raising of river waters this year,

that Christ, our Lord,

may bless it and raise it to its measure,

grant a cheerful touch

unto the lands,

support the human beings,

save the cattle

and forgive us our sins.

Lord, have mercy.

Pray for the trees, vegetations

and land plantations this year,

that Christ, our Lord, may bless them

to grow and bring forth

plentiful fruit, have compassion on his creation

and forgive us our sins.

Lord, have mercy.

Accord it, O Lord, a cheerful touch unto the earth,

water it,

and dispose of our life as deemed fit.

Crown this year with your goodness,

for the sake of the poor of your people,

the widow, the orphan, the stranger

and for our sake.

For our eyes are focused upon you, our hope,

and seek your holy name.

You provide us our food in due course.

Deal with us, O Lord, according to your goodness,

you, the feeder of everybody.

Fill our hearts with joy and grace,

that, as we always have sufficiently of all things,

we grow in every good deed.

Amen.

Invocation to the Holy Spirit   6 comments

Icon of the Holy Trinity, by Andrei Rublev

Image in the Public Domain

A prayer from the Orthodox liturgy, quoted in In Spirit and In Truth:  A Worship Book, published in 1991 for the Seventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches

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O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of truth,

present in all places and filling all things;

treasury of blessings and giver of life:

Come and dwell in us, cleanse us from every impurity,

and of your goodness save our souls.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/fiftieth-day-of-easter-day-of-pentecost-year-c/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/fiftieth-day-of-easter-day-of-pentecost-year-b/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/fiftieth-day-of-easter-day-of-pentecost-year-a/