Merciful God, if not for you we would remain lost in sin and confusion. We give you thanks for your extravagant grace and mercy that frees us from sin and calls us into a loving relationship with you and with others. As we enter into our work this day, may our lives shine with the love that you shower on us. May we open our hearts to the needs of others and respond with your grace and mercy to feel their pain, their anguish, and walk with them to support them. Hold us in your loving arms even as a mother holds her baby. In the name of your Son, or Savior we pray. Amen.
Gracious Lord, as we begin this day, may your Word so fill our hearts and minds that we choose to serve you in all that we do and say. Remind us that the meaning of our lives is always in you, so that even when it seems we are going in circles and not making any progress, we will not despair or feel that all is lost. Assure us that in all places and in all things and circumstances of life you are with us, supporting us and guiding us through the confusion. Thank you for friends and loved ones who walk with us on this journey of life. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
God our Father, sometimes it seems the demands of life loom larger than we can comprehend, and we get lost in the fray. Help us be aware of the simplicity that comes from living our lives intentionally from the inside outward rather than from the outside in. Support us with your Holy Spirit so that we are intentionally living to love you and our neighbor in all or our decisions. May all that we do this day be done in your name and for your sake. In Jesus Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.
Almighty God, our creator, we give you thanks for our Pastors, church leaders, our Mayor, and community leaders. Guide them with you Spirit and bless them. WE thank you , O Lord God for our Fathers, and their guidance in our lives. Bless each one this day as we remember and celebrate their many gifts. Help us, we pray, to know the duty and responsibilities of this day that you have assigned us, that we may so live our lives that the world may be a better place for all your creatures. Reveal to us those things that we can do, say or be, so that others may see Jesus Christ through us. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
O God of mercy, in all the great and small choices we will make this day, be in our hearts and in our choosing so that we may come to the day’s end knowing that we have chosen wisely for you and we are trusting in you for the outcome. Watch over our coming in and our going out that all our work and all our leisure is filled with your presence and your intent for our lives and the lives of those around us. Bring your healing to those who are ill. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Today, dear Father, let us hear again your call to love others as we love ourselves. Be with all who are celebrating the emancipation from slavery people whose skin is black, or brown in our nation. Help us remember that we are all on a journey with you that calls us to become more caring, and compassionate for those in pain. May we become more and more like you intend us to become. That journey is taking us all from slavery to freedom. We turn to you this day asking for our freedom from sin and to celebrate the privilege of being your children and knowing that you will free us all through Jesus Christ your Son. In Jesus Holy name we pray. Amen
Loving God, may our hearts and minds be drawn closer to you this day. We pray for our world’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic and the pandemic of unfair and cruel treatment of those who are different from us. Guide our minds, and hearts with faith in you so that our intentions toward others are guided by your love. Restore relationships that have been broken. Fill our imaginations, and help us submit our wills to you, so that we become more like Jesus each day. As you speak to us through your Word today, may our spirits stay attuned to your Spirit. Bless us with an awed sense of your presence so that all we do this day may revere, honor and glorify you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.
Lord, make us instruments of your grace and peace. Give us the understanding to see you as you see us. Help us look ourselves in the eye, to understand our feelings, and to love others as we love ourselves. Hold us close to you as we grieve. Inspire us to respond in love to all those around us who are grieving. Where there is injury, may we bring healing in your name. Where there is discord, may we bring union and trust. Where there is darkness and sadness, may we bring the light of your love and your joy. In Jesus Holy name we pray. Amen
O most loving Father, you want us to fear nothing except losing you and to bring all of our cares and woes to you. We give thanks to you Lord God for all things, knowing that you care for us. Protect us from faithless fears and anxieties, and grant that no clouds in this earthly life hide us from the truth of your love that has come to us through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. As we continue to hear of so many dying from the Corona Virus, and the damage done to so many from rioting crowds strengthen our faith in you to be present with us in times like these, and help us support those who are suffering. Amen
Father God, thank you for the joy of family and friends that you have given us. We commend all of them into your care. Thank you God for your love and justice in the midst of change and adjustment. Help us remember the importance of abiding by safety precautions as we enter into the opening up of human interactions in the workplaces and in our places of worship for ourselves and others. Grant us your peace so that we can share your love and grace with others. Grant us a closer relationship with you in solitude and in company with others. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen