Feb 16, 2014

Pastoral Prayer: Transfiguration

Here’s a pastoral prayer for Transfiguration from William Loader.  It was posted on the Kir-shalom website.

Pastoral Prayer for Transfiguration
(inspired by Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-9, Luke 9:28-36, 2 Peter 1:16-18)

Almighty God,
before the passion of your Son,
you revealed His glory upon the holy mountain.   
Grant to us that we,
beholding by faith the light of His countenance,
may be strengthened to bear our cross. 
Indeed, O Lord, give us the vision
to see beyond the turmoil of our world
and to behold Him in all His glory... 
Lord, hear our prayer...

O God,
at the Holy Mountain we open our eyes and we see Jesus,
the months of ministry transfigured to a beam of light,
the light of the world,
your light.
May your light always shine upon us... 
Lord, hear our prayer...

O God,
we open our eyes and we see Moses and Elijah with Jesus,
your word,
restoring us, showing us the way,
telling a story,
your story, his story, our story. 
May your word always speak to us... 
Lord, hear our prayer...

O God,
we open our eyes and we see mist,
the cloud of your presence,
which assures us of all we do not know
and that we do not need to fear.
Teach us to trust...  
Lord, hear our prayer...

O God,
we open our eyes and we see Peter's constructions,
his best plans, our best plans,
our missing the point, our missing the way....
Forgive us our foolishness and our sin.... 
Lord, hear our prayer...

O God,
we open our eyes and we see Jesus,
not casting us off,
but leading us down, leading us out –
to ministry, to people.  
Help us to share his love, your love....
Lord hear our prayer...

O God,
hear our prayers not just for ourselves,
but our prayers for one another at this time:
our prayer that they who are lost might be found,
that they who are lame might walk
and they who are sick may be healed,
that they who are enslaved may be set free
and they that mourn may be comforted.
We pray, O God, for .... (bidding prayer)
Lord, hear our prayer...

O God,
at your Holy Mountain we open our ears
and we hear your voice saying
'This is my beloved Son, listen to him!'  
We give you thanks and we pray in his name
that we might always do your will and harken to his voice—
both on the mountains and in the valleys of life.  Amen

~ written by William Loader.  Posted on Kir-shalom. http://www.rockies.net/

For more of William Loader’s work, see Bill Loader’s Home Page.  http://wwwstaff.murdoch.edu.au/~loader/SacredMts.htm