Oct 28, 2017

Another Way: A Prayer of Dedication

Here’s a prayer written by John van de Laar, suitable for use in any service that explores the call of Jesus to live lives of humility and service. 


Teach us the courage, O God,
to turn from what seems so natural, so safe:
the way of grasping power,
and befriending the powerful,
in the hope of protection and security.

Teach us the humility, O God,
to turn from what is so enticing, so persuasive:
the way of accumulating things,
and trusting in wealth,
in the hope of comfort and life

Lead us, O God, in another way,
the way of true security, true wealth,
the way of Christ, the servant,
the way of weakness and simplicity.

Lead us, O God, in another way,
the way of caring for the neglected,
feeding the hungry,
housing the homeless,
protecting the threatened,
and challenging the powerful,
the foolish way of the Gospel,
that brings salvation to all. Amen.

~ Written by John van de Laar, and posted on his excellent website, Sacredise.com.  Visit his site for other good lectionary-based prayers and worship resources.