Prayer of Praise: Epiphany 5B

Here’s a prayer of praise and adoration written by Moira Laidlaw, and posted on her Liturgies Online website.  It is based on the scripture texts for Epiphany 5B (February 5, 2012).

Prayer of Praise and Adoration
(inspired by Psalm 147:1-11, Mark 1:29-39)

God of all power, you are the One who called this world into being and we acknowledge that you have no equal in the extent of your power.  Yet, you want to share your power—your strength—with those who are powerless; you ache to heal the brokenhearted and to bind up the wounds of the lost and rejected folk of this world. Such radical love leaves us speechless, but you gave it human form and shape in the person of Jesus, in whom your promises of healing and empowerment were fulfilled. We give you thanks and praise for blessing our lives in this way, and we pray that in Jesus and through the power of the Holy Spirit, we too can become radical lovers of the powerless, and passionate bearers of hope to those whose lives are filled with despair and hopelessness. May this time of worship be a true expression of our  desire to praise and glorify you, O God, for the many ways in which you bless us, and may our lives reveal our gratitude in all we think, and do, and say. This we pray in Jesus' name.  Amen.

— written by Moira Laidlaw, and posted on the Liturgies Online website. 

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