Opening Prayer: Our Daily Bread

Here’s an opening prayer inspired by Exodus 16 and John 6:24-35, two of the suggested texts for the tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year B).  It was written by Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi.

Prayer of Invocation
(based on Exodus 16, John 6)

You call your people to prayer and praise in many ways.
This day, bring us together just as you called the people of Israel
to gather manna in the desert to eat and sustain life.
God of unity, give us this day our daily bread.
Offer us the nutrients we need to remain connected to you.
As spiritual beings, we desire to receive food that endures—
faith, hope, and love. 
God of grace, give us this day our daily bread.
All life is created and nourished by you!
May we grow into new circles of understanding and being,
reflecting the ways in which we have been touched by your holy manna.
Holy Spirit, come! Give us this day our daily bread.

~ from The Bread of Life, written by the Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi.  Posted on the United Church of Christ website.