Nov 28, 2014

Advent Prayer: Awaken Us to Action

Here’s a prayer for the start of Advent from lutheranjulia.  It was posted on RevGalBlogPals.

Prayer for the Start of Advent

we have pulled out the Advent wreath,
the Christmas tree, the poinsettias.
We dusted off the hymns, unsung for a year,
and unearthed the words of your prophets.

Yet, in your eyes,
these efforts are for nothing
without the regular, persistent, deep pursuit
of justice for all people.

Our efforts are hollow without consistent work
toward peace, reconciliation,
and participation in your mission for creation.
In our hearts, we do long to be your people,
to carry out your mission,
to be lights in the darkness—
proof that no darkness can overcome your truth.

Awaken us to action.
Stir us to courage.
Rouse us to prepare a way in the wilderness for your coming,
clearing the brush of oppression, racism,
injustice, and hopelessness—
so that all may see your light and perceive your coming.

~ written by lutheranjulia and posted on RevGalBlogPals.

Nov 17, 2014

Opening Prayer for Thanksgiving

Here’s an opening prayer for Thanksgiving celebrations.  It was written by Carol Penner, and posted on her Leading in Worship blog.

Prayer of Invocation for Thanksgiving Sunday

This morning, Lord,
we want everything to be for your glory.
We want our thoughts,
our words, our songs,
our church, our community,
our resources, our time, our lives:
all to be for you.
Everything ours is yours,
and we come together to declare this to be so,
on this holy day of thanksgiving.
Bless our time together with your holy presence,

~ written by Carol Penner, and posted on Leading in Worship.

Nov 16, 2014

Responsive Prayer for Thanksgiving

Here’s a closing Thanksgiving prayer from the United Church of Christ.

Thanksgiving Prayer

Almighty God,
from whom comes each good gift of life,
we remember your loving kindness and your uncounted mercies
as we join in grateful praise.

For all your gifts to us and to our human race;
for our life and the world in which we live,
we give you thanks, O God.

For the order and constancy of nature;
for the beauty and bounty of the world;
for day and night, summer and winter, seed-time and harvest;
for the varied joys which every season brings,
we give you thanks, O God.

For the work
and the truth we are permitted to discover;
good there has been in our past,
and for all the hopes which lead us on toward better things,
we give you thanks, O God.

For all the joys and comforts of life;
for homes and families;
for our friends;
for the love, sympathy, and goodwill of persons near and far,
we give you thanks, O God.
For all cultures, wise government and just laws which order our common life;
for education and all the treasures of literature, science, and art,
we give you thanks, O God.
For the discipline of life;
for the tasks and trials which train us to know ourselves
and which bring us to accept one another,
we give you thanks, O God.
For the desire and power to help others;
for every opportunity of serving our generation in ways large or small,
we give you thanks, O God.
For the gift of Jesus Christ, and everything which is ours as his disciples;
for the presence and inspiration of your Holy Spirit throughout our days,
we give you thanks, O God.

For the tender ties which bind us to the unseen world;
for the faith which dispels the shadows of earth
and fills the closing years of life with the light of hope,
we give you thanks, O God.

God of all grace and love,
we have praised you with our lips
for all the richness and meaning that life holds for us.
Now send us into the world to praise you with our lives,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN

~ from The Hymnal of the United Church of Christ, ©1974.United Church Press.  Posted on the website of the Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren.

Nov 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Litany: 1 Chronicles 16: 23-34

Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Share the news of his saving work every single day!
Declare God’s glory among the nations;
his wondrous works among all people.
For great is the Lord, and worthy of praise!
He is to be revered above all other gods.
For the gods of the nations are merely idols,
but it is God who created the heavens!
Greatness and grandeur surround him,
strength and beauty are in his dwelling.

O nations of the world, recognize the Lord!
Recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.
Give to God the glory he deserves!
Bring your offering and come to worship him.
Bow down to the Lord in his holy splendor!
Tremble before him, all the earth!
For he set the world firmly in place; it won’t be shaken.

Let the heavens be glad! Let the earth rejoice!
Let the nations say, “The Lord rules!”
Let the sea and everything in it roar!
Let the fields and their crops burst forth in joy!
Let the trees of the forest rustle with praise before the Lord!
For he is coming to establish justice on earth!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
his faithful love endures forever.

Call to Worship: Isaiah 12: 3-6

Give thanks to the LORD!
Praise His name!
Tell the whole world what He has done—
His mighty acts on our behalf.

Sing to the LORD,
for He has done wonderful things for us!

Raise your hearts and voices!
shout and sing your praise!
For great is the Holy One who lives among us!