Aug 25, 2014

Prayer Litany for Labor Day

Here’s a prayer litany for Labor Day.  It was posted on the Illinois Great Rivers Conference website.

Litany of Labor

Let us pray to the Lord of all creation,
from whom comes life and work and purpose.

Almighty God,
when you formed us lovingly out of the dust of the earth,
you breathed into us the breath of life
and gave us work and purpose for living.
You placed Adam in the garden of Eden to till and keep it.

Through our work,
you made us co-creators with you,
shaping the world in which we live.
You gave dignity to our labor
by sending your Son to labor with us.

By our labor, you enrich the world.
By our labor, we enjoy the fruits of creation.
By our labor, we find direction and purpose.
By our labor, our families are made secure.

For providing varieties of work and for blessing us by our labor:
We give you thanks, O Lord.

For those who plow the field and those who make the plow;
for farmers and farm workers, for steelworkers and machinists;
for those who work with their hands and those who move the earth:
We give you thanks, O Lord.

For those who tend the sick and those who seek new cures;
for doctors and nurses, for scientists and technicians;
for those who keep notes and those who transcribe:
We give you thanks, O Lord.

For those who think and those who create;
for inventors and explorers, for artists and musicians;
for those who write books and those who entertain:
We give you thanks, O Lord.

For those who work in offices and those who work in warehouses;
for secretaries and receptionists, for stockers and bookkeepers;
for those who market products and for those who move them:
We give you thanks, O Lord.

For those who inspire our minds and those who motivate us;
for teachers and preachers, for public servants and religious servants;
those who help the poor and those who work with our children:
We give you thanks, O Lord.

For those whose labor is tidiness and cleanliness;
for janitors and sanitary workers, for drycleaners and maids;
for those who produce cleaning products and those who use them:
We give you thanks, O Lord.

For those who sail the waves and those who fly the skies;
for captains and attendants, for astronauts and deep sea divers;
for those who chart and those who navigate:
We give you thanks, O Lord.

You bless us all with skills and gifts for labor.
You provide us opportunities to use them,
for the benefit of others as well as ourselves.
Guard and protect those who labor in the world.
Bless the work of our hands, O Lord.
Look kindly upon the unemployed and the disabled.
Give health to the sick, hope to the bereaved.
Keep us from laboring only for greed.
Make us loving and responsible in all that we do.

Creator Lord,
you are the source of all wisdom and purpose,
you are the blessing of those who labor.
Be with us in our labor to guide and govern our world.
Give all men and women work that enhances human dignity
and bonds us to one another.
Give us pride in our work, a fair return for our labor,
and joy in knowing that our work finds its source in you;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

~ posted on the Illinois Great Rivers Conference website. http://www.igrc.org/pages/detail/2100

Aug 21, 2014

Labor Day: Congregational Prayer

Here’s a congregational prayer for Labour Day from Carol Penner’s Leading in Worship blog.

Congregational Prayer
for Labour Day

On this Sabbath day of rest, dear God, we turn to you,
with thanks for the work that you give us to do.

We work by night, by day,
inside and in the great outdoors,
we work in coveralls or suits or casual clothes,
we work sitting, standing, travelling by car,
we work with tools or books or instruments in our hands,
we work silently, with words, or with technology.
Whatever our work, it’s shape or size,  we do it for you.

Thank you for employment, for salaries and paycheques,
for the chance to labour and do our best.
Help us to remember that the work you give us to do, Lord
is not always work that the world values or pays for.
Bless our unpaid work of caregiving, whether for babies or children,
adults with disabilities, or seniors who need help.
Focus our eyes on the work that you value above all;
loving our neighbour, caring for the lowest and the least.

We ask for your forgiveness for the times we abuse the gift of work.
We give ourselves all the credit,
not acknowledging what we owe to you and to the efforts of others.
We are afraid to take on the work that you give us to do,
we are too lazy or too stubborn.
Sometimes we let work become a dictator.
We let it fill empty spaces in our lives
which should be filled with other things.
We neglect people we love because of our work.
Help us, God, to find you in our work, to look for you in our work.
Help us as we seek a balance of work and play.

Thank you for giving us this Sabbath day where we can rest,
where we can pause and say thank you
to the One whose work we are,
to the One whose work we do.
Amen.

~ written by Carol Penner, and posted on Leading in Worship.  http://carolpenner.typepad.com/leadinginworship/

Aug 16, 2014

Prayer: Secure Our Steps, O God

Here’s a prayer of petition and intercession from reverendmother.  It was posted on


Secure our steps, O God—
on rough terrain,
on shifting sands,
on fine, wide roads,
on narrow paths.
Make our footsteps firm.

Secure our steps, O God—
in the boardroom,
at the water cooler,
in the school yard,
in the checkout line.
Make our footsteps firm.

Secure our steps, O God—
chasing after deadlines,
trailing after toddlers,
scrambling toward the finish line,
clamoring for security.
Make our footsteps firm.

Secure our steps, O God—
pacing through hospitals,
wandering through the hurt,
tripping over the unforeseen,
meandering through the grief.
Make our footsteps firm.
Amen.
reverendmother http://revgalblogpals.blogspot.ca/

Blessing: The Trinity Restores You

Here’s a blessing inspired by Psalm 80.  It was written by Bill and Kristi Gaultiere, and posted on Soul Shepherding.

The Trinity Restores You
(inspired by Psalm 80)

The Trinity restores you;
they make their face to shine all around you
so that you are saved.

The Father loves you;
He makes his face to shine down on you
so that you are saved.

The Son graces you;
He makes his face to shine right beside you
so that you are saved.

The Spirit lives in you;
He makes his face to shine inside you
so that you are saved.

The Trinity empowers you;
they make their face to shine through you
so that others are saved.

~ written by Bill & Kristi Gaultiere, inspired by Psalm 80.  Posted on Soul Shepherding. http://www.soulshepherding.org/

Aug 15, 2014

Collect for Labor Day

Here’s a prayer for Labor Day from Rick Morley’s blog (see below for link).

Labor Day Prayer

Lord Jesus,
we give thanks for work,
and for the many works you have given us to do.
Hear our prayers on this day of rest,
and strengthen us for the week ahead.
We pray that you would be present with those who work by day,
and those who work by night;
those who work near,
and those whose work carries them far away;
and we pray for those who in this uncertain time have no job.
We pray all of this knowing that your labors on our behalf never cease,
and that your yoke is easy, and your burden is light. Amen.

~ written by Rick Morley, and posted on the rickmorley bloghttp://www.rickmorley.com/blog