Oct 13, 2019

Psalm 121 Blessing

Here is a paraphrase of Psalm 121 from Reverend Sarah Agnew. It was posted on pray the story.

Psalm 121

I lift my eyes
from world to sky,
from where will I find help? 

My help will come
from Holy One,
maker of earth and sky. 

Beneath your feet
the ground may tremble,
but you will never fall;

Holy One slumbers not,
is watchful ever
over the people of God. 

Holy One will keep you,
Holy One will save you,
from trouble and from harm. 

Fear not the sun’s hot flame,
nor moon’s shards of silver;
Holy One will be your shield. 

Holy One will keep you, 
Holy One will hold you;
your life is precious to God.

Holy One will keep you,
Holy One will seek you,
going and coming and ever more. 

Lift your eyes 
towards the light,
however thick the dark;

help will come
from Holy One,
maker of day and night.

~ written by Reverend Sarah Agnew. Posted on pray the story.  http://praythestory.blogspot.ca/

Opening Prayer: Jeremiah 31

Here’s an opening prayer I wrote for World Food Day (October 16). It draws on scripture texts from Proper 24C.

Opening Prayer

God of love and justice,
we gather together to worship you:
to offer our thanks and praise
and to proclaim your goodness and mercy.

Meet us here.
Breathe your Word into our souls;
engrave your covenant of love upon our hearts.
Teach us faithfulness and compassion
so that our lives may reflect
your love and justice to the world.

For more resources for World Food Day (October 16), visit the Canadian Foodgrains Bank website at http://foodgrainsbank.ca/product/world-food-day-2016-hunger-for-justice/

Prayer of Thanksgiving: Psalm 121

Here is a prayer of thanksgiving (or closing benediction?) inspired by Psalm 121. It comes from the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website.


Prayer: Thanks Be to the Lord

(inspired by Psalm 121)


For those who have watched over me, 
for those that have protected me, 
for those that have shielded me, 
thanks be to the Lord, 
maker of heaven and earth.

For the roof that shades me from the sun, 
for the walls that shield me from the storm, 
for the bed that warms me in the night, 
thanks be to the Lord, 
maker of heaven and earth.

To the one who keeps me from evil, 
to the one who preserves my life, 
to the one who watches over my coming and going, 
thanks be to the Lord, 
maker of heaven and earth.

~ posted on the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website. http://www.christianaid.org.uk/resources/churches/prayer/church-seasons.aspx

Call to Worship: Jeremiah 31: 27-34

Here’s a call to worship inspired by Jeremiah 31: 27-34. It was written by Joanna Harader.

Call to Worship
(based on Jeremiah 31: 27-34)

Holy One, dwell within us.
Whisper in our ears;
Glimmer in our vision;
Write upon our hearts.
We wait
with open ears, open eyes, open hearts.

~ written by Joanna Harader, and posted on Spacious Faith.  http://spaciousfaith.com/2012/01/18/wednesday-worship-piece-isaiah/

Prayer for the Offering: Jeremiah 31

Here’s an offering prayer I wrote for World Food Day (October 16). It’s part of a larger worship resource I put together for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. (See link below.)

Prayer for the Offering
(inspired by Jeremiah 31:31-34)

Generous God,
through your Son, Jesus Christ,
you have shown us what it means to love.
And you call us to follow Your example—
to love our neighbours as we love ourselves.

Continue to write your law of love on our hearts.
Give us an unwavering passion for justice,
and a tenacious faith that will not rest
until the hungry are fed,
the oppressed find relief,
and the outsider finds a welcome. Amen.

~ Christine Longhurst, in Hunger for Justice: World Food Day 2016, posted on the Canadian Foodgrains Bank website. http://foodgrainsbank.ca/product/world-food-day-2016-hunger-for-justice/

Oct 7, 2019

Prayer: Borderlands

Here’s a prayer of thanksgiving and petition inspired by Luke 17: 11-19. It was written by Jan Sutch Pickard, and posted on the Christian Aid website.

Prayer: Borderlands
(inspired by Luke 17: 11-19)

Ever-present God 
you meet us in the borderlands,
in places neither here nor there, 
at times when we are well out of our comfort zone; 
even if we don't know where we're going,
when we feel most lost, 
you are there: 
Thank you, God. 

You meet each of us where we are,
and many of us in our need, 
people marginalized by illness,
not wanting to be a burden, 
those who see their poverty or problems as unacceptable – 
feeling rejected – with faltering self-worth. 

It was in the borderlands that Jesus met a band of lepers, 
whose livelihood was begging,
whose status was untouchable, 
and touched their lives with hope. 

And it was the Samaritan,
the one most of all an outsider, 
who turned back to give thanks. 

We thank you for all we can learn 
from our sisters and brothers who live on the edge, 
in poverty, in the borderlands: 
about gratitude, grace and healing hope. 
Thank you, God. Amen.

~ written by Jan Sutch Pickard, and posted on the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website. http://www.christianaid.org.uk/

Opening Prayer: Psalm 66

Blessed are You, Lord our God!
Glorious is Your name in all the earth!

We celebrate who You are,                                            
and all that You have done for us.                                      
You hold our lives in Your hands                                     
and catch us when we stumble.                                    

So we come together today,
led by Your Holy Spirit,
to worship You:
to sing Your praise,                                                       
to confess our mistakes,                                                   
and to receive Your love and mercy,
made possible through the sacrifice
of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Be present among us as we worship You,
and as we open ourselves to Your Word.
To You be all glory, now and forever.  Amen.