May 10, 2021

Prayer of Confession: Ascension


Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by the suggested scripture texts for Ascension Day.  It was written by Rev. Malcolm Macdougall, and posted on the Starters for Sunday website.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Luke 24: 44-53, Acts 1: 9-11)

“You are witnesses of all these things….” Luke 24: 48

Too often, Lord God,
we are hesitant in our proclamation;
seeking safe and suitable opportunities to speak of our faith.

Too often, Lord God,
we are half-hearted in our service;
reluctant to stand out from the crowd or to attract criticism.

Too often, Lord God,
we live as if dependent wholly on our own resources;
relying on our perceived skills and modest insights.

Too often, Lord God,
we look to the clouds for our inspiration,
in the vain hope of finding you there.

Forgive the poverty of our efforts and the frailty of our faith
and open wide our hearts and minds to the immanent presence
of our Risen, Living and Ascended Lord Jesus Christ .
In his name we pray and say together:
“Our Father …”

~ written by Rev. Malcolm Macdougall, and posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website. http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/

Blessing: May God Bless Your Eyes

Here’s a blessing/benediction from Jan Richardson’s the painted prayerbook website.

Blessing

May God,
who comes to us
in the things of this world,
bless your eyes
and be in your seeing.

May Christ,
who looks upon you
with deepest love,
bless your eyes
and widen your gaze.

May the Spirit,
who perceives what is
and what may yet be,
bless your eyes
and sharpen your vision.

May the Sacred Three
bless your eyes
and cause you to see.

~ from In the Sanctuary of Women, copyright © Jan L. Richardson.  Posted on the painted prayerbook. http://paintedprayerbook.com/

Ascension: Prayer of Confession


Here’s a prayer of confession for Ascension from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

The Call to Confession
While we claim to celebrate the ascension of our Lord,
the way we live proclaims our lack of faith
in his power to deal with the world.
Let us confess the incongruity between our faith and practice.
Let us pray:

Our Prayer of Confession
We come, O Lord, on this day of glory to confess our lack of trust.
While we sing of your lordship over all creation,
we have too often acted as though you are powerless
in the face of today's events.
Help us to live with confidence in your presence today
and in hope for life with you forever. Amen.

~ from It’s a Good Thing He Left: John 16, posted on the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship website. http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/it-s-a-good-thing-he-left-john-16

Ascension Day Call to Worship


Here’s a call to worship for Ascension Day or the Sunday following from Rev. Mindi’s Rev-o-lution blog.

Call to Worship for Ascension Day

(inspired by Acts 1:9-11)

A new day has begun.
Hope wins!
A fresh start is granted.
Faith wins!
Today you have the opportunity to do something new.
Hope wins!
Christ is entering your life in a new way.
Faith wins!
Come, let us worship God, who is inviting us into life in a new way, a way that transcends death, a way of hope and faith.
Love wins!
Let us worship Christ, who overcame death to give us new life!

~ written by Rev. Mindi and posted on Rev-o-lution. http://rev-o-lution.org/

Ascension Day Prayer


Here’s a thoughtful prayer inspired by the events of Acts 1:9-11, the ascension of Jesus Christ. It comes from the Weekly Worship page of the Christian Aid website.

Prayer for Ascension
(inspired by Acts 1:9-11)

Lord of life, 
We do not know the face of the future,
any more than your disciples did. 
Like them, we have many questions:
how to live 
how to bear witness. 
Like them, we thirst for the spring waters of the Spirit 
to inspire us in our living 
to give us a heart language in our testimony.

You have been raised in glory
that we might rise with dignity 
You live in power that we might live in peace 
You are present everywhere
that we might be fully present in our own lives 
This we believe 
This we step out on. 

~ originally posted on the Monthly Prayers page (now Weekly Worship) of the Christian Aid website. https://www.christianaid.org.uk/churches/weekly-worship


Mar 14, 2021

Prayer: Opening the Windows


Here’s a prayer of confession from Terri on the RevGalBlogPals’ A Place for Prayer blog.

Prayer

O God, You who are always doing a new thing,
we confess that we sometimes close windows
against the fresh air of new ideas,
against the noise of other people’s worries,
against the winds of change.

God of every place and time,
we confess that we often draw the curtains
against people who are different,
against world news or community concerns.

Forgive us our insulation in our locked homes,
our shuttered churches,
the security systems on our hearts.
Open up our lives,
and let your Spirit blow through. Amen.

— posted by Teri on the RevGalBlogPals A Place for Prayer blog. http://revgalprayerpals.blogspot.ca/

Prayers of the People: Lent 5 B

Here’s a prayer of intercession for Lent written by Rick Morley, and posted on the Rick Morley blog.

Prayer of Intercession for Lent 5 B
(based on Psalm 51, John 12:20-33)

Have mercy on us, O God, according to your loving kindness;
in your great compassion, hear our prayers.

We pray for the whole church, all leaders and ministers,
and all the holy people of God.

Wash us through and through,
And cleanse us from our sin.

We pray for our nation, for all the nations of the earth,
and for all who govern and judge.
Purge us from our sin,
And we shall be pure.

We pray for those who hunger, those who thirst,
those who cry out for justice,
those who live under the threat of terror,
and those without a place to lay their head.
Make them hear of joy and gladness,
that those who are broken may rejoice.

We pray for those who are ill, those in pain,
those under stress, and those who are lonely.
Give them the joy of your saving help,
and sustain them with your bountiful Spirit.

In this season of Lent we pray for those who prepare for baptism,
and we pray that we all might be given the grace and strength
to repent and grow closer to you, O God.
Create in us clean hearts, O God,
and renew a right spirit within us.

We pray for those who have died, (especially _____ )
and who have entered into the land of eternal Light
and your abiding peace.
Cast them not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from them.

We especially pray for…
We pray for…

Lord Jesus,
you taught your disciples that unless a grain of wheat
falls into the earth and dies it remains just a single grain,
but if it dies it bears much fruit;
as we prepare our hearts to remember your death and resurrection,
grant us the strength and wisdom to serve and follow you,
this day and always. Amen.

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